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2017 Fellows

Summer 2017 | Past Fellows

Susan Russell

Susan Russell

Open Educational Resources
Rebecca Passonneau

Rebecca Passonneau

Data Empowered Learning
Alexander Klippel

Alexander Klippel

Immersive Experiences
Amit Sharma

Amit Sharma

Data Empowered Learning

Topic Areas for Fellowships 2017

By combining ideas and innovative spirit with expertise in academic thought, we can work collaboratively to appropriately apply emerging technologies for teaching and learning. Currently we are seeking faculty who would be interested in working with us in the following areas. If you have an idea for a Fellowship, the first step in the application process is to email tltfellows@psu.edu to schedule a conversation. The call for 2017-2018 Fellows will close on April 21st, 2017.

Open Educational Resources

One aspect of reaching Penn State’s strategic goals of making a degree both affordable and accessible is through the wide adoption of Open Educational Resources (OERs). We are currently exploring various OER processes and technologies, and seek faculty collaborators that want to create and/or adopt OERs as part of a course or curriculum. Examples of OERs include open textbooks (such as those found at OpenStax), publicly available online learning modules, and open collections of knowledge (such as Wikipedia). 

Data Empowered Learning

With our continued reliance on information technology throughout our daily lives, we are producing vast amounts of data as we interact with various systems, platforms, and tools. How can we best leverage these data to make better decisions, specifically better decisions related to learning? With Canvas data now available, in addition to other data from our existing education technology ecosystem, we have access to rich sets of data regarding how students are interacting with course content and resources. How can these data best be used to empower student learning?

Immersive Experiences

Immersive experiences is an encompassing phrase we like to use, as it encapsulates technology-rich environments such as virtual reality and 360° video, as well as things like engaged scholarship opportunities, such as study abroad. We believe all these experiences can elevate student learning experiences to new heights. We seek individuals interested in collaborating on the exploration of immersive experiences as a teaching and learning tool, with specific ideas on how we provide scalable immersive experiences across the university.

Design Thinking

Design thinking is a process that can be applied to better understand and grapple with a ‘wicked problem’, as well as identifying, prototyping, and testing novel solutions. This approach is most often found in design-oriented disciplines, though it is discipline-agnostic. We seek individuals that wish to leverage design thinking in interesting ways to support student learning. We also have access to various facilities around campus that were built to support design thinking, such as the Design Thinking Lab and the Maker Commons.

Learning Spaces

We have a variety of unique learning spaces coming online around the university, that allow faculty to think differently about teaching and learning. Whether it’s unique technology, flexible spaces, or access to prototyping tools, we have spaces that create new affordances for both faculty and students. We seek faculty collaborators that want to re-imagine aspects of their courses that take advantage of our spaces, or faculty that are interested in helping us explore new classroom designs, to fully engage students.

Latest Fellows News

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  • UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – This spring six Penn State faculty members piloted a general education course titled “Making for the [...]

  • Rebecca J. Passonneau Professor of Computer Science An automated process to score student summaries of documents is a project Rebecca [...]

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