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Karen LaPlant

  • Community Faculty


  • Master of Science, Engl Lang/Lit Gen
    Saint Cloud State University
  • Bachelor of Elective Studies, Unknown CIP
    Saint Cloud State University
  • Associate in Arts,
    Saint Cloud State University
  • Certificate, Information Media
    Saint Cloud State University


Karen LaPlant was a faculty member at Hennepin Technical College where she taught courses in Business and Information Technology for almost 30 years with the past 16 years online using Brightspace. LaPlant has a Masters in Instructional Technology from St. Cloud State University. Karen has presented at national conferences in Course Communication, Integrating Technology, Classroom of the Future, Quality, Security and Accessibility. She is a Certified Quality Matters Reviewer, ACBSP Accreditation reviewer and Instructional Designer/Curriculum Specialist

Karen P. LaPlant

943 Jeske Ave NW, Annandale, MN  55302, 612-735-9205,  



Master of Science in Information Technologies, St. Cloud State University                                   1999         

Masters Portfolio "Integrating Technology in Higher Education”

Instructional Technology Graduate Certificate, St. Cloud State University                                      1998         

Business Computer Information Systems, BES Degree & AS Degree, St. Cloud State University 1997

Leadership Academy, North Hennepin Community College                                                            1999         


Collaboration Award of Excellence at D2L IGNITE Regional User Conference                               2014

President’s Spirit Award and Employee Keynote at Hennepin Technical Award                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2013

Collaboration Award of Excellence at D2L National User Conference                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2012

MnSCU Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) Leader Award for Hennepin Technical College                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2006


Instructor-Business and Information Technology, Hennepin Technical College, Brooklyn Park, MN   1989-2018

           Taught, developed and wrote curriculum for face-to-face, blended and online courses in Computer,

           IT and Business.  Semester credit courses in E-Business, Computer Security Awareness, Information

          Systems, HTML, Computer Essentials in a Digital World, Windows 10, Office 2016, Outlook 2016,

          PowerPoint 2016, Publisher 2016 and Office 2016 Integration

Adjunct Instructor for Web Design using HTML, North Central University, Minneapolis, MN                                                                                                                                                         2017-2019

Curriculum Developer/Instructional Designer, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN                                                                                                                          2018-2021

          Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence, Data Analytics and Cyber Security Curriculum                                                                                                                                                                 

Adjunct Instructor for Information Media, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN                                                                                                                                                         2004-2009

         Under/graduate level courses in Information Quest, Research Strategies, Access to Information


Book Co-Author "Designing Effective Teaching and Significant Learning" by Stylus, Fall 2019           2018-2019

Minnesota State Captioning ToolKit Resource                                                                                      2016-2018

“Why Computer Skills Are Important in Achieving Academic Success and Improving Retention”

Guest Speaker at the College Board Conferences in Ft. Lauderdale, CA and Seattle, WA                 2008-2009                                                                                                   


D2L Fusion National User Conference

Student advising, digital literacy, classroom communication, computer essentials, accessibility, LTI, course design and course quality    2010-2021


MN Summit on Technology & Learning (MSLT) – formerly MN eLearning Summit

Classroom of Future, digital literacy, computer security, designing courses, accessibility, LTI               2014-2019


D2L Connection Regional User Conference – formerly D2L IGNITE

Classroom of Future, communication, security, digital literacy, teaching online, accessibility, LTI          2013-2019


Hennepin Technical College-All About Me Day & Technology Workshops

Computer security, digital literacy, productivity applications, accessibility, online quizzing                     2013-2017


MnSCU IT Conference

Computer security, digital literacy, professional development training, accessibility and LTI                  2016-2018


Quality Matters National Conference

Implementing QM at your institution, Designing Effective Teaching and Significant Learning                 2014-2021


STAR Symposium Virtual Conference                                                                                                                     

Respondus Quizzing, accessibility                                                                                                           2014-2016


MnSCU Realizing Student Potential and ITeach

Information literacy, computer essentials, online exams, quiz security                                                    2010-2015


      NOCTI Subject Matter Expert for Business Information Processing

      Quality Matters Instructional Designers Association (IDA)

      ACBSP Accreditation Site Evaluator Team Member

      Quality Matters Course Peer Reviewer & former Master Reviewer & Coordinator

      MN Learning Commons & Advisory Committee