Throughout the last five years, we are spending more and more time working with collaborators on technology-enhanced scholarship of teaching and learning projects, typically in the form of research publications and grant proposals. From 2013-2015, we collaborated with faculty on 20 different funded grants, totaling just over $2.4 million dollars. Funding agencies include the National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), U.S. Department of Education, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the Mellon Foundation, and the Center for Online Innovation in Learning (COIL).

We are happy to collaborate on projects that align with TLT’s strategic initiatives, and focus on the intersection of technology and pedagogy. Some examples of these projects include:

  • Grants. We have experience in nearly all aspects of grants, including proposal conceptualization and writing, custom technology development, and measuring learning outcomes. We hope to continue to grow in this area, working with more faculty to support the exploration of technology to support teaching and learning.
  • Publications. We are happy to collaborate on research that is intended for dissemination via conference or journal publications. We have staff with expertise in various methodologies, as well as data management, transformation, and analysis as it pertains to educational research.
  • Penn State’s learning technology ecosystem. Several of our learning technology ecosystems generate a large amount of usage data throughout a semester. We are excited to collaborate with faculty that have ideas or questions regarding the use of things like sites.psu.edu, the One Button Studio, Canvas, and other learning technologies that are part of the PSU ecosystem.

If you would like to chat with someone about possible collaborations in this area, please email Bart Pursel (bkp10).

Recent examples of grant collaborations include:

Jennifer Frank and Deborah Schussler, who received a $1.3M grant from the Institute of Educational Sciences to support Project RESPECT: Responding in Emotionally Supporting and Positive ways in Educational Communications Skills Training Program. TK Lee, a Research and Development Engineer with TLT, is working with the PIs to build a prototype used in skills training that functions like an artificial intelligence, that students interact with.

Kyle Peck, who represents Penn State on a NASA grant as we subcontract with Texas State University on the creation of a Digital Badge platform to support NASA educators. Penn State received $500,000 for it’s role on the grant, that includes several members of TLT Studio that are actively working with Peck on the creation of the technology, that can also be used to support learning in many different contexts.

Vishal Monga, who received an NSF CAREER Award totaling $500,000 for his proposal on Optimized Based Methods for Robust Pattern Recognition in Time-Series data. TLT partnered with Vishal on this grant specifically to build a simulation as part of Vishal’s educational outreach, but the simulation also doubles as an ‘always-on’ data collection mechanism. Members of TLT’s Educational Gaming Commons are assisting with the creation of the simulation.

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