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 »

COIL is proud to have supported the Exploring an Innovative Framework of Evolving Best Practices for Effective Online Learning project through our Research Initiation Grant Program.


Recently online education has become increasingly popular due to the enabled any time/place/pace learning paradigm that is convenient for learners. Despite offering a higher level of convenience for learners to learn, online education… Read more »

COIL is proud to have supported the Enhancing Online Geospatial Education With Sketch-based Geospatial Learning Objects project through our Research Initiation Grant Program.


One of the biggest challenges of online education is to design and deliver dynamic, rather than static educational content. Both from the perspective of engaging online students and explaining concepts and content this shortcoming poses a limitation… Read more »

COIL is proud to have supported the Developing an Open-Source Case Based Environment to Support Higher Order Learning project through our Research Initiation Grant Program.


Ensuring that students are provided, from the very beginning, with opportunities to engage in activities and decision-making that will be expected of them at the conclusion of their program of study is rarely practiced in… Read more »

Originally Held: December 18, 2012

We contacted Bill Sams, Former Associate Provost for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer at Ohio University, because we liked the videos he produced to describe a well-developed and effectively articulated vision of where higher education may be headed. His vision is based on extrapolating trends and convergence of innovations that COIL and PSU leaders see as important,… Read more »

Originally Held: Dec 10, 2012

University of Illinois Springfield and Michigan State have already both offered highly successful MOOCs. While the hype around MOOCs promise that the design of open courses will change education, the UIS and MSU experiences will highlight why a MOOC was the right tool for the content covered in their courses. In this Fischer Speaker series event,… Read more »