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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…

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…

Providing Knowledge at a Distance: Canned vs. Live

Ravi Patel, an instructional designer for Penn State World Campus, is interested in bridging the distance gap between instructors and students by using various communication approaches for teaching and learning. Course design teams work with instructors to create materials in advance since we know that not everyone enrolled in the course has the time in…

Looking for Student Volunteers for Usability Study

Learning Design is looking for student volunteers who are willing to participate in a short, online usability activity. If you have 10-15 minutes of your time to spare and are interested in helping us improve your World Campus courses, please visit bit.ly/gqaTvD to begin the activity. The Deadline is Friday, April 8, 2011 Many thanks…

World Campus Instructional Designer Serving Our Country and Our Students!

  When choosing an online learning environment, what should you look for? What are your needs? Did you know that the delivery of online content to learners is most often done through a learning management system (or LMS)? Penn State World Campus currently uses the University Learning Management System, which is ANGEL 7.4. Recently Kristin…