Engineering Technology

Leaunda Hemphill, Professor of Instructional Design and Technology

Knoblauch Hall 132
(309) 298-1186

Research Interests

Online program and course development and evaluation, learning strategies for computer-based and online training, virtual learning environments, global e-learning, cross-cultural educational collaboration, technology integration in the schools, web-based and face-to-face professional development and evaluation, visual and digital literacy, strategies for handling cyber bullying situations.


Ph.D. - Instructional Design and Technology - Utah State University

Dissertation title: Development of a learner profile for computer-based training.
Chair: M. David Merrill

Certified Online Learning Administrator (Illinois Online Network, University of Illinois)

Master Online Teacher Certificate (Illinois Online Network, University of Illinois)

M.S. - English (Theory and Practice of Writing Emphasis) - Utah State University

Thesis title: How international graduate students and international professors collaboratively write technical journal articles.
Chair: Keith Grant-Davie

B.S. - Secondary Education (Earth Science and English) - Utah State University

B.S. - Geology - University of Missouri-Columbia


Leaunda Hemphill's book cover Cyber Bulling

Hemphill, L. (2013). Flipping professional development: Development of a master instructor certificate for university instructors with a twist. Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2013.

Mahadewi, L.P.P., Hamilton-Hancock, D., & Hemphill, L.S. (2011). A study of the effectiveness of using social networking sites in online collaborative projects. Proceedings of the 24th ICDE World Conference 2011, Nusa Dua, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia.

Myers, J.J., McCaw, D.S., & Hemphill, L.S. (2011). Responding to cyber bullying: An action tool for school administrator. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Hemphill, L.S., & McCaw, D.S. (2009). Modeling professional development training that worked. In L.T.W. Hin, & R. Subrananiam (Eds.), Handbook of Research on New Media Literacy at the K-12 Level: Issues and Challenges (2nd ed., pp. 808-822). 2nd Ed. Hersey, PA: IGI Global.

Hemphill, L.S. (2009). Using technology to support a wide range of instructional practices, approaches, and methods. Invited author. Illinois Reading Council Journal 37(2), 54-58.

Hemphill, L.S., Hemphill, H.H., Yoon, S-W, & Zhang, L. (2008, April). On the road to cross-cultural understanding: U.S. and Chinese graduate students collaboratively examine technology issues in the classroom. Classroom Culture and Dynamics. Editor: E.P. Velliotis. Chapter 8 (pp. 159-173), Nova Publishing.

Hemphill, L.S., Wood, A.M., Hemphill, H.H., & Ingram, D. (2007). Developing a virtual community of instructors and teaching assistants: A case study. Midwest Journal of Educational Communications and Technology 1(1). Macomb, IL: IAECT.

Hemphill, L.S., & Hemphill, H.H. (2007). Evaluating the impact of guest speaker postings in online discussions. British Journal of Education Technology 38(2), 287-298.

Zhang, L., & Hemphill, L.S. (2007). An instructional design model of technology integration focusing on technology. China Educational Technology Journal (4), 1-8.


Hemphill, L., & Hemphill, H. (2014, Nov. 6). Master instructor certificate program with a flip: Challenges and successes. 2014 Conference for the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. Jacksonville, FL.

Hemphill, L., Ruan, G., & Hemphill, H. (2014, Nov. 6). The impact of integrating BYOD programs into K-12 schools: A cross-cultural perspective. 2014 Conference for the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. Jacksonville, FL.

Hemphill, L., Mahadewi, L.P.P., Zhang, L., & Hemphill, H. (2014, Nov. 67. Considerations for using the same online course shell in three different countries. 2014 Conference for the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. Jacksonville, FL.

Biswell, C., & Hemphill, L., (2013, Nov. 1). Development of a departmental online graduate advising area: Lessons learned. 2013 Association for Educational Communications and Technology Conference. Anaheim, CA.

Hemphill, L., Hamilton-Hancock, D., & Hemphill, H. (2013, Nov. 1). Construct and critique: Development and assessment of student-generated online social networking sites. 2013 Association for Educational Communications and Technology Conference. Anaheim, CA.

Alber, J., Hamilton-Hancock, D., Hemphill, H., & Hemphill, L. (2013, Apr. 26). Adapting the Discern Instrument to evaluate health information on YouTube. 2013 AAHE/AAHPERD Convention. Charlotte, NC.

Myers, J.J., & Hemphill, L. (2012, Feb. 24). Digital divide in the educational process: Establishing standards and addressing conduct. General Session Presentation. Missouri Association of Rural Education 2012 Conference. Resort at Port Arrowhead, Lake Ozark, MO.

Mahadewi, L.P., & Hemphill, L.S. (2010, Oct. 28). The effects of incorporating a social networking site into project-based instruction on student participation and collaboration. 2010 AECT International Convention, Anaheim, CA.

Hemphill, L.S., Hamilton-Hancock, D., & Hemphill, H.H. (2011, Aug. 5). Evaluating online health science discussions for interactivity and level of critical thinking. International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. University of Cambridge. Cambridge, UK.

Hemphill, L., McCaw, D., Jia, X., & Hemphill, H. (2010, Apr. 2). Free and fun online tools for assessing student learning. Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education 21st International Conference. San Diego, CA.

Mahadewi, L.P., & Hemphill, L.S. (2010, Nov. 18). Developing an online module in Moodle. 17th Annual Illinois Education & Technology Conference, Springfield, IL.

Hemphill, L.S., McCaw, D.S., & Hemphill, H.H. (2010, Jan. 9). TAG, You’re IT (Institutional Transformation): Assessing the assessment process. Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 8-11, 2010. University of Illinois (Proposal was double-blind peer reviewed.)

Hemphill, L.S., Myers, J., Roskamp, T., Borgia, L., & Carper, G. (2009, Oct. 31). Cyberbullying through the eyes of administrators and teachers: What is happening in our schools? 2009 AECT Annual Conference, Louisville, KY.

Awards and Recognitions

  • COEHS Faculty Scholar, 2010-2011
  • Provost Award for Excellence in Technology, 2008-2009.
  • COEHS Excellence Award for Excellence in Teaching with Technology, 2008-2009.
  • Provost Award for Excellence in Internationalizing the Campus, 2007-2008.
  • COEHS Excellence Award for Excellence in Internationalizing the Campus, 2007-2008.

Related Works

Professional Development Facilitator and Instructional Designer

Information Dissemination Editor/Writer

Writer of government proposals, user documentation, technical manuals, training material, brochures, catalogs, and newsletters for hardware and software products.

Customer Service / Trainer for pre/post sales support, proposal writing, system packaging, product evaluation and testing, programming assistance, conference and trade shows, customer and in-house staff training, and troubleshooting of hardware and software problems.

Academic Experience

IDT Graduate Advisor

Pedagogy Faculty Associate for Center for Innovation in Teaching and Research - 2009-present

Assistant Professor, Technology in Education (TIE) Program, College of Education, National-Louis University, Wheaton, IL

Assistant Professor/ Facilitator of Instructional Technology, Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL

Adjunct Faculty: Illinois Online Network, South Suburban College, College of DuPage, Columbia College

Consulting Examples

Conducting cyber bullying workshops and presentations for K12 school administrators and staff

Conducting online and blended online course development workshops conducted in China and U.S. K12 schools

Developed Debt Financing Workshop and Customer Service online workshop websites for Western Illinois Entrepreneurship Center, Macomb, IL.

Developed an educational research methods course for an online educational institution’s instructional design program.

Evaluated online and face-to-face professional development curriculum and workshops on technology integration/engaged learning for Chicago Public School teachers, principals, and parents.

Advised an educational research institution on how to revise the content and activities of their online graduate course on reading literacy for secondary school teachers.

Developed an evaluation tool for evaluating the instructional effectiveness of an online zoo educational website.

Developed an instrument for testing adaptive learning strategies in computer-based training; this was the prototype for the front-end profiling tool now used by the corporation for their products.

Researched literature and wrote reviews for software development company.

Co-authored user manuals such as an automatic tracing system for an elementary education reading computer program.

Developed online and print hardware and software documentation manuals for engineering, hardware, and software companies.

Designed ad copy for a major exercise equipment manufacturer.

Created and field-tested science training curriculum modules for elementary education teachers; developed training videos; and trained field technicians in the use of the modules.

Wrote user documentation, for hardware and software products.

Developed and conducted training seminars for clients.

Wrote winning proposals for outreach program funding

Subjects Taught

  • IDT 285 Technology Integration Standards for Pre-Service Teachers
  • IDT 390 Interactive Distance Learning
  • IDT 500 Preseminar
  • IDT 503 Microcomputer Applications in Instructional Technology
  • IDT 504 Technology Applications for the Classroom Teacher
  • IDT 515 Telecommunications and Distance Learning
  • IDT 516 Internet Resources for Education and Training
  • IDT 517 Classroom Integration of the Internet and Multimedia
  • IDT 529 Integration of Computer-Based Technology in Schools
  • IDT 534 Technology Issues and Professional Development for Educators
  • IDT 536 Video Production for Multimedia
  • IDT 539 Hardware, Operating Systems, and Networking in the Schools
  • IDT 553 Designing Content for K12 Hybrid Classes
  • IDT 553 Integrating Innovative Technologies into Your Classroom
  • IDT 560 Visual Literacy
  • IDT 591 Independent Study
  • IDT 595 Technology, Planning, and Research
  • IDT 756 Planning for Technology