Karen Franker

School of Education

Email: frankerk@uwstout.edu

Karen Franker teaches Inspiration and Kidspiration: Strategies to Build Study Skills and Comprehension.

Karen Franker is the Director of Online Faculty Development at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin  Previously she was an instructional designer and faculty development director for the Adult Student Initiative Program at the University of Wisconsin Colleges. In addition, she was a K-12 library media specialist and instructional technology specialist for over 25 years. She has a B.A. in French and a Master's in Library Science from the University of Iowa as well as additional graduate coursework in instructional design.

Her professional library career began at Keokuk Senior High in Keokuk, Iowa, and continued in Iowa City, Iowa with the Iowa City Community School District. In 1992-93 she served as the first technology staff development facilitator for the Iowa City Schools.

While working as a library media specialist Karen developed a strong interest in using technology to facilitate instruction. Out of her dissatisfaction with "one-shot" technology workshops she created a peer mentoring program at Longfellow Elementary that was later adopted as a model for the Iowa City School District’s technology staff development program. Longfellow was selected as an Apple Distinguished School for technology innovation and participated in a pilot program with Apple eMate portable computers.

Karen developed the first Web sites for Longfellow and Van Allen Elementary schools and was an active member of the Iowa City School District's Technology Council for fifteen years.

Karen has taught numerous technology workshops and presented at conferences. She was selected to chair the Elementary Library Media Specialist Expert Panel for the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Project.

In 2009 Karen received a Top Online Educator recognition from Walter McKenzie's Surfaquarium.

She is fully convinced that online learning is fun and effective. Karen says, "I find the World Wide Web to be an incredible resource, and I confess to being an avid Web surfer! Online courses have been a wonderful way for me to share ideas with other educators."

In her free time Karen enjoys hiking, bicycling, and travel. She resides in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband David.

E-mail your comments or questions to Karen at frankerk@uwstout.edu


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