Teaching and Learning with Technology

We are a collaboration of learning innovators who discover and advance technologies that engage learners.

Our mission is to innovate with technologies that transform teaching and learning in positive and enduring ways.

Jennifer Sparrow, Ed.D.

Jennifer Sparrow, Ed.D.

Associate Vice President

As associate vice president for Teaching and Learning with Technology, Jennifer leads a dynamic team of more than ninety-five learning innovators. She champions the following strategic goals: innovation in teaching and learning with technology, strategic opportunities for faculty development, the advancement of flexible, active learning spaces, research in the scholarship of technology-enhanced teaching and learning, and inspiring excellence in teaching and learning with technology at Penn State and beyond.

Sparrow’s current projects and service include: Unizin Board of Directors, Unizin Teaching and Learning committee, developing a plan for the next generation computer lab, and exploring the intersection of learning spaces, pedagogy, technology, and learners.

She received her bachelor’s from Smith College, a master’s from Florida Gulf Coast University, and a doctorate from the University of Central Florida. Sparrow is the winner of the 2013 EDUCAUSE Rising Star Award.

Bart Pursel, Ph.D.

Bart Pursel, Ph.D.

Director of Innovation

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As TLT’s director of innovation, Bart ensures the University is positioned to effectively incorporate technology into its teaching and learning. By utilizing services such as instructional design, faculty research support, learning spaces, and emerging technology, he works with faculty to connect points of intelligence, insight, energy, and knowledge-sharing across the Penn State community. Coming from a diverse background of instructional design, teaching, and research, his interests reside at the intersection of technology and pedagogy. Bart’s current projects focus on areas such as AI in education, learning spaces, and Open Educational Resources. He is also the associate director of the Center for Pedagogy in Arts and Design (C-PAD) and an affiliate faculty member in the College of Information Sciences and Technology. Bart received his Ph.D. from Penn State in Workforce Education and Development, his MS from Bloomsburg University in Instructional Technology, and BA from Bloomsburg University in Mass Communications.

Terry O'Heron

Terry O'Heron

Director of Operations

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Terry provides leadership and direction for the University’s enterprise learning management system (LMS), Canvas. This includes effective management, operation, and use of the LMS and other learning tools that facilitate teaching, learning, and research for over 100,000 faculty and students. He also oversees the advancement of Penn State’s initiative to improve the accessibility of web resources and information systems, TLT’s marketing and communications efforts, and support of over 450 technology classrooms and computer labs at University Park. Terry actively participates in the Unizin and IMS Global Learning Consortiums. He received his MA in Public Administration from Central Michigan University and a BS in Business Administration and AA in Computer Science from Southeast Missouri State University. Terry came to Penn State University in May 2004 after serving 21 years in the United States Air Force.

Crystal Ramsay, PhD

Crystal Ramsay, PhD

Interim Assistant Director of Innovation

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Crystal spent four years with TLT managing faculty programs before becoming the interim assistant director of innovation. In her new role, Crystal assists and supports TLT’s effort to advance the University’s strategic priorities around teaching and learning by leading research; supporting faculty development; connecting people, projects and services; and providing thought leadership to TLT partners within Penn State and beyond. In addition to administering TLT’s Faculty Fellows program, Crystal’s current projects include flexible learning spaces, faculty empowerment through peer observation, and technology solutions for first-year experiences. Previously, Crystal worked as a research associate and instructional consultant at the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence. She is an affiliate faculty member in Educational Psychology at Penn State as well as a member of the Graduate Faculty. Crystal received her Ph.D. and MS in Educational Psychology from Penn State. She also holds an MEd and BS in Curriculum and Instruction.

Our vision is to be a leader in the creation, implementation, assessment, and promotion of excellence in teaching and learning with technology.

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