Upcoming Events

Building Innovation and Identity with STEAM featuring Brian Smith

WHEN: January 30, 2015 from 1:00pm – 2:30pm EST (add to calendar)
WHERE: Foster Auditorium in Paterno Library (First Floor), University Park, PA and online at https://meeting.psu.edu/coil
REGISTRATION: Required at http://wp.me/P3b4X9-1vL

In 2010, Brian K Smith went to art school. Five years later, he still can’t draw, but he did play a role in the development of STEAM,… Read more »

Federated Wiki for Teaching, Learning, and Research: A conversation with Jeff Rimland and Ward Cunningham

WHEN: February 12, 2015 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET (Add to Calendar)
WHERE: 324 Outreach Building, University Park, PA 16802 and online at http://meeting.psu.edu/coil
REGISTRATION: Required at http://wp.me/P3b4X9-1xc

The current ecosystem of collaborative tools for teaching and learning, as well as the web itself, falls short when it comes to enabling the organic growth and propagation of ideas and thought…. Read more »


Dr. George Siemens (with Stephen Downes) offered what is considered by most to be the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). He is currently serving as Professor and Executive Director of the “Learning Innovation & Networked Knowledge (LINK) Research Lab” at the University of Texas Arlington, and is Co-founder and President of the Society for Learning Analytics Research.

Dr. Dragan Gasevic… Read more »

Originally Held: January 9, 2015

ProSolo harnesses the transformative power of adaptive and personalized learning to unbundle degrees, programs and courses and re-aggregate in new ways that better match each student’s learning needs, interests and career goals. Arguably, ProSolo is the first integrated platform to provide learners the opportunity to customize, modify and personalize their learning journey.

In this session we… Read more »

Is this another “inconvenient truth?”

Perhaps the best way to dramatically improve the quality and effectiveness of learnING is to dramatically improve the quality of learnERS!

Wait, wait…  I’m not blaming learners or trying to shirk our responsibilities as professional educators.  I’m simply acknowledging a point made by our two thoughtful, articulate COIL guest speakers George Siemens and Dragan Gasevic… Read more »

Originally Held: January 9, 2015

This is an exciting time for learning, teaching, and the technologies that will support learning and teaching. Learning through and with online tools is growing and evolving rapidly. New tools that support learners, content providers, credentialing organizations, instructional designers, and others educational professionals are emerging and under development, and the financial support for innovations in… Read more »

Welcome to COIL Perspectives! COIL has been most fortunate to have hosted some great minds and thought leaders over the past several years. Our COIL Fischer Speaker Series has enabled us to bring to Penn State (and share with our online colleagues) amazing scientists, educators, change agents, entrepreneurs and researchers. As a way to extend the benefits of these visits,… Read more »

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