The Center for
Teaching Excellence

Our mission is to collaborate with Penn State Harrisburg faculty in pursuing innovation and excellence in teaching and learning. We do this by partnering with faculty, working side by side to develop instructional and pedagogical strategies for delivering high quality content, and producing engaging learning opportunities for students.

What We Do

Our student and faculty-centered approach to course design and instructional technology allows students and instructors to experience the benefits of well designed college courses.

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We continually explore new learning techniques and technologies, participate in conferences, and assist our faculty in incorporating innovative elements in their courses. Keep tabs on what we’re learning and experiencing throughout the year!

Pursuing Excellence,
Serving Our Community

We pursue excellence in everything we do, from faculty consultations to collaborating on campus-wide projects and seminars. Our mission is to support creation, innovation, and collaboration wherever we can.
*All counters are close approximations and reflect the 2018 – 2019 academic year.

Completed Projects

*Projects include new course developments, course redesigns, repeat course setups, multimedia and print projects, and one-off tasks for faculty and staff.

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*Consultations consist of in-person appointments, phone calls, and time spent responding to emails.

Consultation Hours

Continuous Exploration

Our team is constantly examining new tools and techniques for facilitating teaching, learning, communication, multimedia, and more.

Jennifer focuses on faculty development, program assessment, and team development, searching out new ways to assist faculty with teaching and build an excellent team of learning design professionals.

Jennifer Keagy

Director, Center for Teaching Excellence

Donna’s explorations focus on Learning Science, Immersive Technologies, and Game-based Learning, working with faculty to incorporate learning strategies that meet student needs and course learning objectives.

Donna Bayer

Instructional Designer, Center for Teaching Excellence

James works with faculty to pursue new and innovative tools for use in their courses, from timeline and map integration, to data visualization and interpretation.

James Emery

Digital Pedagogy Specialist, Center for Teaching Excellence

William digs into story and presentation tools, alighting faculty to opportunities to keep their students engaged in the classroom by integrating multiple media forms.

William Illingworth

Instructional Designer, Center for Teaching Excellence

Betsy continues to learn more about the numerous Penn State systems and operations that keep the Center for Teaching Excellence running smoothly, and engages in Quality Assurance for courses and projects.

Betsy Parlett

Administrative Support Assistant, Center for Teaching Excellence

Sean works to add interactive elements to online learning through the use of programs like Adobe Captivate, giving students immediate feedback in online quizzes and lectures.

Sean Pyle

Instructional Designer, Center for Teaching Excellence

Dan continuously seeks out new multimedia formats, styles, and tools to help bring engaging content to courses and our campus community. Look for his videos in classes and on the Penn State Harrisburg Facebook page!

Dan Poeschl

Multimedia Specialist, Center for Teaching Excellence

Matt looks for opportunities to merge efficiency and design in both course design and print/online production to make information readable, accessible, and interactive.

Matthew White

Instructional Production Specialist, Center for Teaching Excellence

What Can We Help You With?

We will follow up within 24 hours. For immediate assistance, please call (717) 948 – 6501, or visit Olmsted W203 to speak with an Instructional Designer.

What can we assist you with?

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