About Us

IDEAL: Iowa Digital Engagement and Learning

IDEAL is the Iowa Digital Engagement and Learning Initiative. Supported by the Provost’s Office and housed in the Rhetoric Department, IDEAL promotes hands-on learning through innovative assignments.

IDEAL works with instructors to devise resources and develop projects that make classroom innovation easier. These projects ask students to engage with communities beyond the classroom by using digital technologies and creating work that endures beyond the semester. 


Current IDEAL projects

Find information about all of our projects here.

Technology Check Out

Instructors and students using IDEAL projects may check out audio and video equipment. Contact us well in advance of your need by emailing IDEAL@uiowa.edu. Our Spring 2016 office hours for audio and video equipment checkout are Tuesday 1-3, Wednesday 12-3, Thursday 1-3 (room 1015B LIB).

Please view the document linked below for basic instructions on Tascam audio recorders.

PDF iconTascam Audio Recorder Instructions.pdf


Reserving TILE Rooms through IDEAL

Instructors that have been trained through the PDP TILE sessions may reserve TILE rooms through IDEAL. To do so, email IDEAL@uiowa.edu and include the dates and times needed, the number of students in each section, and your course number.



  Follow us on Twitter @idealinitiative for information regarding our events, projects, and more!



Matt Gilchrist  

  Matt Gilchrist, IDEAL Director and co-founder. 

  Matt is a lecturer in the Rhetoric Department. 




Rebekah Walker 

  Rebekah Walker,  Director of Operations 





Jared Gach 

  Jared Gach, Project Coordinator 





  Makayla Steiner, Teaching Assistant