Designing “Soft Skills” Training for an Online Global Community

COIL is proud to have supported the Designing “Soft Skills” Training for an Online Global Community project through our Research Initiation Grant Program.


This grant initiates the first phase of a three-phase project in which World in Conversation Center will offer online instruction to a global community of learners on “how to create conversations that matter.” For this purpose, the Center will pair interactive learning modules with the BlueJeans video conferencing platform to maximize student engagement. Successful completion of this introductory course will include an electronic badge that will make use of Penn State’s L3 badging platform. The accompanying research will track personalized patterns of learner choices and decision-making strategies that will serve as a building block for effectively developing the second and third phases of this online project–basic and advanced facilitation skills training.


  • Dr. Laurie Mulvey, Department of Sociology & World in Conversation Center (Principal Investigator)
  • Dr. Sam Richards, Department of Sociology & World in Conversation Center
  • Tim Taylor, World in Conversation Center
  • Dr. Bart Pursel, ITS, Education Technology Services
  • Dr. Kyle Peck, Department of Education
  • Chris Gamrat, IST, Department of Learning, Design, and Technology
  • Mark Mclaughlin, Outreach, Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center
  • Brad Kozlak, ITS, Director of TLT Studio


  • The 2014 Annual Information Technology report for using digital badging to aid in teaching facilitation to our students.


Laurie Mulvey HeadshotDr. Laurie Mulvey
Executive Director, World in Conversation Center
(814) 876-0203



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