Educational Gaming Commons (EGC)

As the EGC Evangelist, I work with faculty and programs throughout PSU to bring eductaional games, virtuals worlds, and simulations to higher education. I also maintain active contact with others in this field.


The PSU Educational Gaming Commons develops physical infrastructures and community connections in order to promote the broad impact of educational gaming within the Penn State teaching, learning, and research environment.

 Learn more at the EGC Web Site!

Learning Design at Penn State

I started a variety of efforts here.

  • Learning Design Community Hub
  • All LD Community Meetings
  • The L-PSULDC listserv

The Learning Design Community Hub is a focal point for LD Tag Cloud.jpg
instructional designers and educational technologists to share information and ideas. It is also a clearinghouse for a variety of information on the uses of education technologies, useful for IDs, Ed Techs, instructors, and faculty. This community is open to the world, and we hope to leverage the amazing talent and intellects of the community to improve teaching and learning.

The All LD group meets once a month to discuss aThumbnail image for AllIDMeeting.jpg
variety of education technology and pedagogical issues. We also usually have one or more grassroots initiatives started to assist the university in improving teaching and learning. For example, in spring of 2008 we developed and implemented an education technology and pedagogical needs assessment. The purpose of the needs assessment was to better understand what faculty want, what they struggle with, and how we can improve our services by meeting these needs.

The list is very active. Learning designers across Penn State share information, ask questions, and support each other. To join this list, please contact me.

ITS Training Services

Here, I work on a variety of ever-changing projects. See the Quests section for more information on what I'm currently doing.

I also have "other duties as assigned." While many cringe at this catch-all job duty, I actually enjoy the challenge and opportunities each new week brings. What are my "Other" duties? While they are far too numerous and varied to list here, they usually revolve around assisting others in making decisions.

New Media Consortium

As co-director of Penn State's NMC presence, I  participate in various activities tied to education technology on higher education.

PSU Online Subcommittee

This subcommittee is responsible for developing guidelines for evaluating and implementing online courses at Penn State.  Our first effort, the Penn State Quality Assurance e-learning Design Standards, was received and approved by the Penn State Online Coordinating Council. The standards are to be used by each academic unit to review its online courses that are to be delivered through Penn State Online. I also sit on various committees at Penn State to represent ITS Training Services and instructional design.

We're also working on a checklist of "must-have" skills for teaching online.

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