Keynote Speakers

​​​​Picture of Dr. Kevin GannonDr. Kevin Gannon


Kevin Gannon is Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and Professor of History at Grand View University. His pedagogical work is at the intersections of online teaching and learning, equity and inclusion, and critical pedagogy. He is the author of Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto (West Virginia University Press, 2020).

Keynote Address: Designing for Access, Designing for Equity

Using the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), this session tackles the barriers our students often find between themselves and their successful learning. In these uncertain times, where most if not all of our teaching is unfolding online, designing our learning spaces for access and equity has never been more important. We’ll look at both the theory behind UDL and specific examples of how it looks in practice across a variety of learning environments. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss what these principles might look like in their own learning spaces, as well as plan their next steps in fostering more accessible and inclusive environments for students.

Picture of Dr. Kevin KellyDr. Kevin Kelly


Kevin Kelly teaches online courses as a Lecturer in the Department of Equity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies at San Francisco State University, where he has also served as Online Teaching and Learning Manager. He works with colleges and universities as a consultant to address distance education, educational technology, and organizational challenges. He is a co-author of the upcoming book, Advancing Online Teaching: Creating Equity-Based Digital Learning Environments (Stylus, 2020).

Keynote Address: Applying Equity Criteria to Your Course

Even though it’s unclear what our fall courses will look like, it is clear that equity issues extend to any course environment—face-to-face, hybrid or online. Peralta Community College District's Equity Rubric has eight criteria designed to help instructors manage bias, assumptions and institutional barriers that negatively impact learners' motivation, opportunities and achievement. In this session, we’ll explore the evidence-based rubric along with model practices that align with multiple equity criteria. Participants will discuss how to make adjustments to instructions, materials, activities and/or assignments to increase the learning equity in their classes.