Upcoming Events

The Impact of Online Learning on the Transformation of Education featuring Dr. Kathleen Susan Ives

WHEN: March 29, 2017 from 1:00pm – 2:30pm EST
WHERE: Foster Auditorium (First Floor) in the Paterno Library, University Park, PA and online at https://meeting.psu.edu/coil
REGISTRATION: Required at https://goo.gl/y0Z3Ws

The meteoric rise of online learning in the past 20 years has left an indelible impression on all dimensions of higher education, on campus, near campus and at a distance! How we… Read more »

The COIL Fischer Speaker Series invites today’s thought leaders on a wide variety of topics to share their insights, experiences, and vision of the future of higher education as impacted and influenced by the convergence of technology and new pedagogy. Funded by a gift from Dr. Richard and Claudia Fischer, the Speaker Series is broadcast as widely as possible to… Read more »

Michael Marcinkowski received an honorable mention for his work “Educational Dialogue and Technological Utterances” at the I-Conference 2013 this week.


Michael is a third year Ph.D. Student being advised by COIL’s co-director, Fred Fonseca.

He is funded by COIL/IST to work with on online education and technology. His work aims to understand the dialogic role that technology plays in online… Read more »

COIL is proud to have supported The Penn State Lifelong Learning Landscape (L3) project through our Research Initiation Grant Program.


The Penn State Lifelong Learning Landscape (L3) Project will build, implement, and study the effects of an innovative educational delivery system designed to meet the needs of non-degree learners; promote lifelong connections between Alumni and the University; and attract new learners to… Read more »

COIL is proud to have supported the Teaching Behaviors That Enable Online Learner Success project through our Research Initiation Grant Program.


The ability to accommodate for differences in learning style, student preferences, pace of study, and variations of delivery modalities, matched with specific teaching behaviors will positively impact the student online learning experience. Through this study, a better understanding of… Read more »

Early this morning, the announcement was made that Penn State has joined Coursera to offer five Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on their platform. The first five courses were selected through detailed conversations and selection process to make sure Penn State was able to put its best foot forward in this emerging space. From this morning’s Coursera press… Read more »