Faculty Focus: Josh Kirby

We recently caught up with Josh Kirby, lead faculty member for Learning, Design, and Technology (LDT) online programs at Penn State. Here’s our conversation: Please give our readers a sense of your background and how you arrived at your current position at Penn State. I’m new to my role as the lead faculty member for…

How to Navigate Courses if You Have a Disability: JooYoung Seo’s Student Perspective

I’m Sonya Woods, an accessibility consultant for Penn State’s World Campus Learning Design. Part of my job is working with instructional designers and instructional production specialists to help them design course content that works well for students with disabilities, including blindness. Since I work with design staff and our students are at a distance, I…

4 Ways We’re Making Online Courses Accessible to Students with Disabilities

By Sonya Woods, Accessibility Consultant with Penn State World Campus At Penn State World Campus, we want all our students to have a great learning experience. Part of our focus with course design is keeping in mind students with disabilities, whether they are vision-impaired, hearing-impaired, or have cognitive disabilities such as ADHD. And designing to…

Universal Design for Learning: Penn State World Campus’s Approach to Course Design

by Nikki Massaro Kauffman, Multimedia Specialist with Penn State World Campus “Teaching is a series of decisions that increase the probability that learning will occur.” Early in my career, when I was working as a high school teacher, someone shared this definition of teaching, and I’ve taken it with me ever since. What struck me…

Instructional Designer by Day, Musician by Night

Joe Scott is the lead instructional designer for the Penn State Video Learning Network (VLN) on the World Campus Learning Design team. The VLN is a blended learning format, meaning most of the time the students are online but come together one time a week to meet face-to-face using Polycom video conference technology powered by…

What Makes an Online Course a Good Experience?

Spring semester is under way! Now that you have a few weeks under your belt, the folks in Learning Design are wondering if you would like to weigh in on elements of quality in online courses. Penny Ralston-Berg, an instructional designer with Penn State World Campus Learning Design, works with faculty to design and develop…

Rent Your Textbooks with MBS Direct and Save Money

This fall, MBS Direct will begin offering a textbook rental service for select textbooks. Here’s information to help you get started. How do I Rent Books through MBS Direct? You can rent books through MBS’s online bookstore like you would for purchasing books. Not every book is available for rental, but when a book is,…

World Campus Courses Come in Many Shapes and Sizes

The World Campus Learning Design unit is very excited to see the conversation about course delivery unfolding on the World Campus Facebook page. It’s incredibly timely, relevant, and informative! World Campus students are discussing the various modes of course offerings and content delivery that take place. While some students prefer predominately text-based material enhanced with…

What’s New on Our Website–Library Orientation Videos

The Penn State University Libraries and our Learning Design and Advising units teamed up to create orientation videos for the World Campus website. These introductory videos show you the breadth of services offered by the library, especially as they relate to students at a distance. You will learn about borrowing materials and how to get…

Help Us Improve the Design of World Campus Courses

A few months ago, some of you participated in a short, online usability activity conducted by World Campus’ Learning Design team. We wanted to find out which menu items you expect to see when taking online courses. You can see the results of that study — and we’d like your feedback on a follow-up study concerning how…