Biographical Sketch:  Dr. Kyle Peck


Dr. Kyle L. Peck is Co-Director of the Center for Online Innovation in Learning and Professor of Education and Research Fellow in the Learning, Design, and Technology program at Penn State University.  He studies and applies innovations in education, and his current interests include Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and digital badges in education.  His most recent published thoughts on these topics can be found on the blog “EvoLLLution“.

Dr. Peck recently served as Principal Investigator for the NASA Aerospace Education Services Project (2009 - 2013), Director of the Regional Educational Lab for the mid-Atlantic region (2006-2011) and Co-Director of Pennsylvania’s Classrooms for the Future Evaluation Project (2006 - 2011).

Kyle is Director of the DIY STEM program, an emerging national opportunity to enhance learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through hands on projects, online learning opportunities, and “digital badges.”  He was also Co-Founder of the innovative “Centre Learning Community Charter School,” and completed two terms on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).  He is a Past President of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) and its Pennsylvania affiliate, PAECT, and has also served as Associate Dean for Research, Outreach, and Technology, Head of the Learning and Performance Systems Department, and Professor in Charge of the Learning Design and Technology Program at Penn State.

Before coming to Penn State, he taught middle school for seven years, and was involved in corporate training for five years.  Dr. Peck is co-author of two books, more than 40 book chapters and journal articles, and four education-related software programs.  He is a popular speaker, and has made more than 285 presentations at professional conferences in 12 countries.


Ph.D.  Educational Psychology / Educational Technology -- May, 1987

University of Colorado, Boulder

M.A.   Education / Reading -- December, 1981

University of Colorado, Boulder

B.A.   Psychology (Cum Laude) -- March, 1974

Occidental College, Los Angeles, California

Teaching Experience:

Grades 7-9 Mathematics  (2 years)

Grade 7 Reading and Mathematics (2 years)

Grades 4 - 6 All subjects (3 years)

Graduate Level  -  Instructional Systems Design / Educational Innovation (18 years)

Corporate Training Experience:

Instructional Designer  (1 year)

Manager of Customer Education  (2 years)

Director of Education and Training  (2 years)


Association for Educational Communications and Technology:

•  "Outstanding Book in Instructional Development" Award

•  "Outstanding Practice in Instructional Development"

International Society for Educational Technology (ISTE)

•  "Making IT Happen Award"

Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology (PAECT):

•  "Pioneer Award" for leadership in the use of technologies in the teaching/learning process

•  “Mary C. Renner Award for service to the profession

Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (PASCD):

•  "President's Award" for "longstanding leadership in reshaping Pennsylvania's educational vision and future."

Apple Computer:

Apple Distinguished Educator

Penn State University

  1. Shirley Hendrick Award for Outstanding Academic Leadership

Updated January 4, 2009