In this video, COIL Co-Director Larry Ragan interviews Dr. Chris Bustamante, President of Rio Salado College.

Perspectives is a video interview series developed by the Center for Online Innovation in Learning at Penn State University exploring emerging trends and forces in higher education with thought leaders from the world of online innovations.

Each year we ask our participants a set… 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 »

Important Information:

Project Timeline: July 2014 – December 2015
Keywords: Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, STEM

Team: Conrad Tucker, Assistant Professor, Industrial Engineering and Engineering Design (Co-PI) Star Sharp, Director, Millennium Scholars Program (Co-PI) Keith Harmon, Director, Meyerhoff Scholars Program Project Background:

The objective of this research project was to investigate the adoption of immersive, online learning technologies in… Read more »

COIL is proud to have supported the Uncovering the Geography of Learner Engagement in MOOCs project through our Research Initiation Grant Program.


This project will characterize, explore, and visualize the geographic patterns associated with learner engagement in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). MOOCs generate datasets which capture a wide range of learner information, including their interactions… Read more »

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… Read more »