Headshot of Fred FonsecaDr. Fred Fonseca – Co-Director (

Dr. Fred Fonseca is currently a co-director of the Center for Online Innovation in Learning. From 2010-2012 he was the Associate Dean for Education of the College of Information Sciences and Technology. During this time he led the online education operations of the college. His research is focused on the flow of information from its conceptualization in human minds to its implementation in computer applications. Currently he is studying the process surrounding the conceptualization, design, and instantiation of online courses.

Dr. Fonseca received his Ph.D. in Spatial Information Science and Engineering from the University of Maine in 2001. He joined Penn State in 2001 as an Assistant Professor. His work on three areas of research, Geographic Information Science, Information Science, and Information Systems, led to several journal papers, research grants from NSF and other agencies, and to successful Master’s and Ph.D. students. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2007.

In his sabbatical leave from Penn State (2008-2009) he developed the project Global Forest Information Systems with Gilberto Camara at INPE and Clodoveu Davis at UFMG. His work on ontology-driven geographic information systems has been highly influential as demonstrated by the 2006 Researcher Award from the University Consortium of Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) for his foundational work on ontologies in GIS. His work on GIS is highly cited with more than 2,500 citations according to Google Scholar including “Using Ontologies for Integrated Geographic Information Systems” with over 500 citations and “Ontology-driven geographic information systems” with over 250 citations.

Headshot of Kyle PeckDr. Kyle Peck – Co-Director (

Dr. Kyle L. Peck is Principal Investigator for the NASA Aerospace Education Services Project, Co-Director of the Center for Online Innovation in Learning and Professor of Education at Penn State University.  He studies and applies innovations in education, and his current interests include Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and digital badges in education.  His most recent published thoughts on these topics are on the blog “EvoLLLution“.

He recently served as Director of the Regional Educational Lab for the mid-Atlantic region and Co-Director of Pennsylvania’s Classrooms for the Future Evaluation Project. Kyle was also Co-Founder of the innovative “Centre Learning Community Charter School,” and completed two terms on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).  He is a past president of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) and its Pennsylvania affiliate, PAECT, and has also served as Associate Dean for Research, Outreach, and Technology, Head of the Learning and Performance Systems Department, and Professor in Charge of the Learning Design and Technology Program at Penn State.

Before coming to Penn State, he taught middle school for seven years, and was involved in corporate training for five years.  Dr. Peck is co-author of two books, more than 40 book chapters and journal articles, and four education-related software programs.  He is a popular speaker, and has made more than 260 presentations at professional conferences in 12 countries.

Karen PollackDr. Karen Pollack – Co-Director (

Karen Pollack is the Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Online and Blended Programs for the Penn State World Campus, where she is responsible for online undergraduate programs, continuing education programming at University Park and academic advising. As project director for Penn State’s Blended Learning Initiative she facilitated multi-campus use of instructional materials and courses that provide high-quality, flexible learning opportunities for students. Pollack has been with the World Campus since its launch in 1998.

She received her B.A. in journalism, her M.A. in telecommunication studies, and her Ph.D. in instructional systems from the Pennsylvania State University. Karen is an affiliate faculty member of learning design technology.

Bart Pursel HeadshotDr. Bart Pursel – Co-Director (

In his role with Education Technology Services, Dr. Pursel works with a network of faculty in order to connect points of intelligence, insight, energy and knowledge-sharing across the Penn State Community. Dr. Pursel is also an Affiliate Faculty member in the College of Information Sciences and Technology where he teaches Video Game Design and Development.

Coming from a diverse background of instructional design, teaching and research, Dr. Pursel’s interests reside at the intersection of technology and pedagogy, examining how technology impacts teaching and learning. Dr. Pursel’s current projects focus on areas such as Learning Analytics, Digital Badges, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), and Educational Gaming.

larry-raganDr. Larry Ragan – Co-Director (

Since 2012, Dr. Ragan has served as a Co-Director for the Center for Online Innovation in Learning at Penn State University where he helps direct the Center’s mission of research, scholarship, technology innovation, and leadership development programming. Dr. Ragan has been a part of the creation and management of Penn State’s World Campus since it’s inception in 1998 serving as Director for Instructional Design and Development and Director of Faculty Development.

Since 2009, Dr. Ragan has served as Co-Director of the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL). In partnership with the leadership at the Online Learning Consortium (formerly Sloan-C), IELOL addresses the operational and strategic leadership of the design, development, and preparation of the next-generation of leadership in online learning. Dr. Ragan has served as founding co-director and faculty of the EDUCAUSE Learning Technology Leadership program (2005-2007). He is also active in the design and delivery of international leadership development institutes. In 2011, Lawrence Ragan was recognized as a Sloan-C Faculty Fellow.

Brad Zdenek - SquareBrad Zdenek – Innovation Strategist (

Brad Zdenek is the Innovation Strategist for the Center for Online Innovation in Learning at Penn State University, responsible for initiating, directing, conducting, analyzing and reporting on the Center’s projects, research, and evaluation activities. He earned his B.A. in Secondary Education at Flagler College in Florida and taught middle school Social Studies in North Carolina prior to joining the Penn State family. While at Penn State, Brad worked with the Regional Educational Laboratory program leading a team in developing and delivering professional development opportunities throughout the Mid-Atlantic region focused on bridging scientifically valid research, policy, and practice.

Most recently he worked with the DIY STEM initiative in the College of Education directing instructional design and assessment development and leading the development and coding of a game theory based digital badging infrastructure to support learner engagement and facilitate learner persistence in the STEM fields. Brad is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Leadership at Penn State with a projected completion in the summer of 2016. His research interests include professional development and adult learning, educational ethics, and the integration and diffusion of educational technology. Brad is the proud father of a little girl and a 100lb beast of a Newfoundland. He is an avid hiker, maker, woodworker, and traveler.

Patty Doroschenko HeadshotPatti Doroschenko – Administrative Assistant (

Patti Doroschenko is a State College native. She received an Associate’s Degree in Legal Assistant-Paralegal Studies at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in 1992 and worked for four years with two different law firms in State College prior to taking a job at Penn State. Patti has worked at the University for 17 years, primarily with interdisciplinary centers in many different capacities from proposal preparation, budget work, to administrative duties. Patti has two children who share her love for downhill skiing, water skiing, camping, music, and travel.

Hayley Wildeson HeadshotHayley Wildeson – Multimedia & Communications Specialist (

Hayley Wildeson is the Multimedia & Communications Specialist for the Center for Online Innovation in Learning at Penn State University, responsible for the daily and long-term marketing and communications goals of the organization. In her role with COIL, Hayley designs the organization’s print and digital assets; updates and maintains the website; films and produces video content; and manages the social media accounts.

Hayley earned her B.A. in Photojournalism from Penn State’s College of Communications and is thrilled to have the opportunity to now live and work in Happy Valley. In her free time, she volunteers as a high school soccer coach in Penns Valley and enjoys spending as much time as possible adventuring outdoors with friends.