Upcoming Events

Barriers or Opportunities? The Intersection of Policy and Innovation featuring Dr. Chris Bustamante

WHEN: August 11, 2015 from 3:30pm – 5:00pm EST
WHERE: Presidents Hall, The Penn Stater, University Park, PA and online at http://meeting.psu.edu/coil
REGISTRATION: Required at http://goo.gl/eTzwhu

There is an intersection of innovation and policy that occurs when higher education institutions seek to deliver next-generation learning models and programming that doesn’t always fit within the traditional model. This often causes disruption… Read more »

Stimulating Innovation in Online Learning

WHEN: August 19, 2015 from 11:00am – 12:00pm EST
WHERE: 221 Chambers Building, University Park, PA and online at http://meeting.psu.edu/coil
REGISTRATION: Required at http://goo.gl/n7ozsD

In 2012, Penn State created the Center for Online Innovation in Learning (COIL) with the mission to engage the University’s extensive research enterprise to improve learning at and beyond Penn State through the pursuit of online… Read more »

As part of our COIL Perspectives series Dr. Joanna DeFranco, assistant professor of software engineering at Penn State Great Valley, sat down with host Larry Ragan.

Each year we ask our participants a set of three questions intended to explore their thoughts related to online innovations and their impacts on learning. The 2015 questions are:

Can you describe a barrier… Read more »

Originally Held: July 15, 2015

The complexity of engineering problems continues to increase thus emphasizing the need for collaboration among engineers. Accordingly, teamwork can be an essential part of the engineering curriculum; especially when a course objective needs to model complex real world problems. During this COIL Conversation, Dr. Joanna F. DeFranco, assistant professor of software engineering at Penn State Great Valley, discusses… Read more »

This call for proposals comes out of Microsoft Research and their very interesting HoloLens project. If you have not yet watched the promotional video describing this new device and its potential, you can do so at https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-hololens/en-us.

In their own words:

“Microsoft believes that mixed reality can be used to create new experiences that will contribute to advances in… Read more »

COIL is proud to announce that we will be funding seven new projects this spring as part of our Research Initiation Grant (RIG) program.

“We received a great batch of strong proposals from an expanding community of faculty, staff and student researchers working to enhance learning,” said Kyle Peck, co-director of COIL and professor of education. “These projects emerged from… Read more »

We are proud to announce that the GreenDesigners: Augmented Reality Learning Experience for Sustainable Engineering Design project has received seed funding through the Center for Online Innovation in Learning’s Research Initiation Grant Program.


GreenDesigners is a place-based, augmented mobile learning experience for sustainable engineering design. It marks a departure from previous research on technologically-enhanced, outside-school learning experiences… Read more »