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Lisa T. Byrnes
Instructional Designer
The Pennsylvania State University

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135 Sparks Building
University Park, PA 16802

135 Sparks Building


Education | Publications & Presentations | Professional Experience | Awards & Committee's


Master of Science , Instructional Technology Specialist
Department of Instructional Technology
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Bloomsburg, PA

Bachelor of Science, Exercise and Sport Science
The College of Health and Human Development
The Pennsylvania State University
State College, PA

Publications & Presentations

February 2007                    
Co-author of “Classroom Networks:  Using Student Response System for Active Learning”, with Dr. Stephanie Etter
Published in the Encyclopedia of Information Technology Curriculum Integration, projected publication date 2007

February 2006                       
Presentation:  Pennsylvania Educational Technology Conference and Expo (PETE & C)
Topic:  Smooth Sailing in an Online Course

January 2006                         
Presentation:  Mount Aloysius College Professional Development Days
Topic:  Making Technology Transparent in an Online Course Environment

November 2005                   
Presentation:  Pittsburgh Blackboard Users Group Conference
Topic:  Making Technology Transparent while using Blackboard

August 2005                                       
Co-authored an article with Dr. Stephanie Etter Published in the 2005 edition of the Encyclopedia of Distance Learning Teaching, Technologies, and Applications, Volume I-III titled, “Simplifying The Course Development Process: Using Course Maps For Easy Transition From Classroom To Computer”


Professional Experience

2006 - Present        Instructional Designer                                          
Penn State University
State College, PA
Job Duties:
  • Work collaboratively with the College’s e-learning unit to design online courses
  • Work with faculty to develop course learning objectives
    Identify, develop and implement appropriate technology and instructional solutions
  • Lead project manager as a Instructional Designer using a range of technology enhanced systems
    Design and develop training resources
  • Collaborate and assist faculty in integrating technology into their online curriculum such as: Podcasts, wiki’s and blogs
  • Works with minimum guidance on multiple projects as assigned by supervisor
  • Provides periodic update reports and other information related to the College’s e-learning portfolio
  • Develop formal status reports for single/multiple course development
  • Coordinates projects related to learning technologies development

2003 - 2006        Tech. Training Coordinator & Blackboard Admin
Mount Aloysius College

Cresson, PA

Job Duties:

  • Work collaboratively with faculty to design and develop courses using the Blackboard Course Management System
  • Develop online policy and best practices protocol
  • Design and develop training resources
  • Collaborate and assist faculty in integrating technology into their curriculum
  • Provide training and support for various types of instructional technology and software applications
    • Blackboard, Microsoft Office Products including Publisher, GroupWise, Front Page, Inspiration, Interwrite Pad/GTCO software, TurningPoint, Softchalk, Impatica, Sympodium/Smart Board and more
  • Work collaboratively with the Information Technology Department to create and manage student and faculty Blackboard accounts
  • Provide technology usage reports to the Academic Dean as needed
  • Collaborate with members of the campus community in various committees
  • Reply to help desk inquires related to instructional technology
  • Teach courses in the Business and Information Technology Department as assigned
    • Courses:
      • Professional Computer Applications
      • Multimedia Presentations and Applications


1997 - Present        Adjunct Instructor                                                  
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
Johnstown, PA

  • Courses Taught:
    • Word for Windows
    • Designed an online course for Word
    • Windows Environment
    • Microsoft Power Point
    • Foundations of Personal Computers
    • Health and Wellness
      • 100% online course via the Blackboard Courseware System

1994 - 2003             Teacher/Distance Learning Coordinator          
Conemaugh Valley Junior/Senior High School
Johnstown, PA

Job Duties:

  • Conduct technology training to faculty
  • Facilitate remote site courses in a Video Conference environment
  • Maintain ISDN Line
  • Coordinate Electronic Professional Development Opportunities
  • Collaborate with colleagues in various committee settings
  • Design and deliver evening community technology courses
  • Regular Faculty Duties as Assigned


Awards and Committee's

Who’s Who in American Education

Faculty Engagement Sub-Committee member, Penn State Univeristy

Reviewer, EatRight Online Dietary Analysis Software, Jones & Barlett Publisher
Pittsburgh Blackboard Users Group Conference Theme & Tracks Committee
Pittsburgh Blackboard Users Group Member

2005 - 2006 
Committee Chair, Academic Sub-Committee of the Technology Planning Committee at Mount Aloysius College
Member, PAECT – Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications & Technology
Pittsburgh Blackboard Users Group
Title III Evaluation Committee at Mount Aloysius College
Mount Aloysius College Faculty Growth and Mentoring Committee
Information Technology Action Committee - Mount Aloysius College
Mount Aloysius College Judicial Committee

Pittsburgh Blackboard Users Group 2005 Conference Planning Committee
Pittsburgh Blackboard Users Group 2005 Conference Proposal Committee
21st Century Integration Summit for Teacher Educators Advisory Board sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education
Technology Task Force Committee at Mount Aloysius College

2004 – 2005                           
CAPE Advisory Board

2003 – 2004                           
Co-Chair of the Faculty Growth and Mentoring Committee at Mount Aloysius College

Pittsburgh Blackboard User Group Conference Proposal Committee

2002 – 2003                           
Act 48/Professional Development Committee for Conemaugh Valley School District

2001 – 2003           
Student Culminating Project Advisory Committee at Conemaugh Valley High School


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Updated: March 2007