JoystickGamification in Online Teaching & Learning

Wednesday, Feb. 15

2-3 pm via Zoom

Level up! New Achievement Unlocked! Are you ready to proceed? Games have driven the way that kids grow up with technology. Using game elements has become more pervasive in everything from earning coupons at Target to awards for exercise on apps like Runkeeper. These strategies promote participation, motivation, and community building. But what does it look like when we begin to work these strategies into teaching? This webinar will explore basic concepts in gamification and look at a few examples for how gaming strategies can be of value to online teaching and course design. If you’re ready to accept the challenge, click on the link to register.

Brett Bixler, Lead Instructional Designer, ITS Training Services

Nikki Massaro-Kauffman, Multimedia Specialist, World Campus Learning Design

Andrew Tatusko, Assistant Director, Online Faculty Development

Register here! Please choose “[02/15/17-02/15/17]WEB3510: Gamification in Online Teaching & Learning” from the event drop down list.  Registration will close on Monday, February 13. At that time you will receive the Zoom link to access the meeting space along with an attached document for reference. All webinars are recorded and posted on our website for future viewing.

indexNext week, Penn State will be sponsoring live streamed sessions from the Accessing Higher Ground accessibility conference. Sessions will be hosted at University Libraries, on the University Park campus, from November 16-18; remote access is not available.

Featured sessions include MathML, PDF remediation, universal design, captioning, tactiles, and many topics relating to accessibility in higher education.

Please see the list of sessions at

The cost is free, but we ask you to register so we can gauge interest in specific sessions. Registration:

Bb16_NAHE_IS_000068981631-717x359Motivation & Student Engagement

Monday, November 21 | 2-3 p.m. ET **please note date change

Adobe Connect

How do you motivate students to stay engaged with your course? What strategies do you use to help students persist and succeed? In the online environment, this is particularly important because there is a greater risk of attrition. In this webinar, we’ll look at various research-based strategies that drive motivation and discuss how they can be applied to the online or blended learning environment. We’ll also present a couple of motivational models that can be used in designing learning activities. There will be opportunities for the audience to share what they do to motivate students – what has worked for you?

Webinar presenters will be Paula Bigatel and Louise Sharrar, instructional designers.

Register here! Please choose “[11/21/16 – 11/21/16] Webinar 016: Motivation and Student Engagement” from the event drop down list.  Registration will close on Friday, November 18. At that time you will receive the Adobe link to access the meeting space. All webinars are recorded and posted on our website for future viewing.