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IDEA Shop’s Kevin Wilson to retire after 21 years


Kevin Wilson, an instructional design consultant in the Center for Teaching and Learning’s IDEA Shop, will retire at the end of June after 21 years of dedicated service to the university.

Wilson joined the division once known as Academic Technologies in Boise State’s Simplot/Micron Instructional Technology Center in 1999. Early in his career at Academic Technologies, Kevin was instrumental in securing and facilitating a variety of State Board of Education Technology Incentive Grants that helped launch many of the educational technologies faculty and staff now take for granted, including Blackboard, the computer-based testing center, classroom capture, and cable and microwave video classes.

Wilson also taught graduate and undergraduate courses on technical writing and editing for the English department and what is now the Division of Extended Studies. Over the years, he has supported faculty as they integrated appropriate technologies into their instruction.

He was an early advocate and design consultant for hybrid courses combining online and face-to-face instruction. Wilson has been a thoughtful and innovative participant in many new developments, and has been a leader as the instructional design services of Boise State’s Academic Technologies transitioned to a new identity as the IDEA Shop.

Wilson also was active in regional and professional organizations, and was a frequent presenter at their conferences. Most recently, he has made special contributions in supporting faculty as they design courses for student success and as they learn about university design for learning, so that they are better prepared to create accessible learning environments for students.

After retiring, Wilson looks forward to travel, volunteer service and pursuing his primary hobby: cooking.