IST 250 - New Media and the Web Instructor

I chaired the committee that developed this course over a decade ago. The name has not withstood the test of time, but the course content is revised and up to date. This is a course about web design - working with clients to understand their needs, developing a proposal for the client, working in teams, investigating the social and political issues that surround the web, and developing some basic HTML skills. I've taught this online for many years now, and it's a great motivator that forces me to keep current in this ever-changing arena.

Learning Management System Committee

Penn State is examining possible alternatives to our current LMS, ANGEL. I serve on this committee as a learning designer and trainer, focusing on the training and documentation aspects of a potential new LMS.

iStudy for Success

iStudy is undergoing a major revision. We are working with subject-matter experts to update the content in all the modules. We are using the SoftChalk authoring system to decouple iStudy from the current PSU CMS - ANGEL so other universities can use it. We are adding interactivity to some modules.

Security Videos

Working with the Security Operations and Services (SOS) unit, I am developed a web site for all at PSU to use and learn about basic computer security issues. SOS hired an outside vendor, the SANS Institute, to provide short, high-interest videos around which PSU is wrapping additional information and links to related services. You can access these videos via an open ANGEL group. Sign into ANGEL and do a group search for Information Security and You. Join the group, and enjoy!

eLion Help Pages

Working with a group of folks that include individuals from Student Affairs and the eLion Governance Committee, we are investigating how to improve the current help system in eLion, PSU's system that provides secure real-time access to academic and financial records in the University's administrative database.

Educational Gaming Commons (EGC) Evangelist

In this role, I support the efforts of the EGC by meeting with faculty, working on game development projects, and providing leadership to the university around educational gaming, virtual worlds, and simulations.

Competencies for Online Teaching Success

Working with Larry Ragan of the PSU World Campus and others, we are developing a list of basic competencies any instructor would need to be successful in an online course.

Select Past Projects

iStudy for Success

This set of instructional materials is designed for first-year students. Originally named the General Education Modules (GEMS) and developed at the Royer Center for Learning and Academic Technologies, Educational Technology Services took the GEMS materials and transformed them into the iStudy for Success Modules.

Information Sciences and Technology

I was proud to be a part of the development behind this exciting school at Penn State. Most of my work focused on the Web Administration Option for the Associate Degree in IST. IST 250 is the cornerstone course for that option.

Bachelor of Science in Business

I was also proud to be a part of the development behind this exciting degree originally offered at Penn State's Commonwealth Campuses. Today a modified version of this degree is offered at select locations. Most of my efforts were in core curriculum development, and faculty training.

Carbocations Tutorial

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This web-based chemistry tutorial is one of 21 developed. It utilized current educational technologies to their best advantage, allowing students to access the materials whenever desired.

TLC Experiment

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This pre-lab chemistry experiment was designed to assist students in understanding basic facts, concepts, and procedures prior to participation in an actual lab session. Augmented with a glossary, notebook, and video clips, this software has proven beneficial to many Penn State students.

Pennsylvania Math Standards Connections

MathLine.gifCONNECTIONS was a professional development program for elementary, middle, and high school mathematics teachers. CONNECTIONS blended online, CD-ROM, video, and print resources. CONNECTIONS was a multimedia resource that blended on-line and video technologies so you could:
  • easily access new math lessons and strategies that correlate with the Pennsylvania Math Standards.
  • identify the Pennsylvania Standards that meet your current teaching and curriculum objectives.
  • demonstrate/model activities and strategies for teaching concepts in a classroom setting.
  • access tips and theories about planning, presenting and evaluating success.

This database portion of this site was programmed using JavaScript.

Sylvania OSRAM Project

osram.gifThis just-in-time online decision-making tool combined the best aspects of job aids and computer-assisted instruction. Designed to be used on the factory floor to assist quick repairs, it could also be used by people new to the environment to drill down into deeper layers of content surrounding an issue.

AT&T's S.C.O.R.E. (Sales and Customer Service Occupational Readiness Education) Courseware.


A comprehensive, industry-centered, model program designed to teach entry-level workers and trainees the basic skills necessary for customer service and telephone sales. The courseware, which was designed especially for mid-literacy level (grades 6-10) readers, consists of simulated job tasks the student must complete, such as reading, filling out forms, or finding information on a chart; students build their basic skills by doing actual job assignments. A vocabulary development package (disk and manual) included customer service terms, definitions, sentences, and practice activities. The classroom portion of the program involves instruction in metacognitive and self-system strategies in the work context. This project was a collaboration among AT&T, The Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy at Penn State, and the Florida Community College at Jacksonville, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, National Workplace Literacy Program. The software came with an Instructor's Manual, Software Reference Guide, and a manual on teaching metacognitive/self-system strategies in the work context.

Read the original T.H.E. Journal article on the S.C.O.R.E. courseware. (Note: This version is a bare-bones, stripped down version of the original.)



Pennsylvania Blue Shield's Job Linked Skills Program was a basic skills instructional program for health insurance employees functioning at a mid-literacy level (grades 5-8). The program included instruction on medical terminology, reading medical claims forms, writing and grammar for medical insurance employees, and reading and using insurance manuals. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, National Workplace Literacy Program, the project was a result of a partnership among Pennsylvania Blue Shield, Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy, and Pennsylvania Tri-County Opportunities Industrialization Centers. The program came with an Instructor's Manual.


ADIL Assessment and Instruction was appropriate for:

  • Adult Education Programs
  • High School "At Risk"
  • Secondary Special Education
  • School-to-Work Transition Programs
  • Correctional Education
  • Tech Prep Programs
  • Vocational Education

ADIL Assessment


ADIL Assessment assessed basic skills and employability skills through job-related activities. Students were assessed on open-ended, completion, and multiple-choice questions spanning a series of reading, writing, math, and problem-solving skills. With minimal teacher supervision, students could be tested, scored, and evaluated for skill mastery.

ADIL Assessment courseware assessed basic skills in the context of five job clusters:

  • Food Service
  • Health
  • Maintenance
  • Retail
  • Clerical

Teachers used ADIL Assessment to measure workplace basic skills, as a learning tool, or as a pre and/or post test to A Day in the Life. . . Instruction. Complete records of students' responses were tracked.

ADIL Instruction


Learners read, wrote, computed, and solved multistep problems to complete simulated job tasks. Working at their own pace, learners gained hands-on experience while exploring the six occupational areas: Food Services, Health, Maintenance, Retail, Clerical, and Customer Service.

A management system pinpointed skill areas where the student was encountering difficulty. The program recorded the student's errors and prescribed a series of computerized review lessons at the end of each task for reinforcement.

A Day in the Life . . . was distributed by Curriculum Associates, Inc, 1-800-225-0248. It is no longer available.

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