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Welcome to Dutton News! Here you'll find our own reporting on best practices and cutting-edge research in the field of learning design. We also link to news in the broader Penn State community and beyond. This is your comprehensive source for everything happening where the science of learning meets the art of design!

Does Combining Certain Assessments Impact Student Success?

July 2nd, 2024

Discover how diverse assessment methods can transform online learning! By employing various data analysis techniques on quizzes, lab assignments, mid-term exams, capstone projects, and ungraded knowledge checks, we unveiled the powerful synergy of these different assessments. Our findings reveal that combining these approaches boosts student learning.

Dutton Digest, April 2024

April 16th, 2024

This month's Digest offers grading tips, a link to a free book on inclusive practices, and highlights articles and examples of teaching frameworks, chunking, and Gagne's Nive Events of Instruction.

What is a Learning Designer, Anyway?

March 20th, 2024

The perceptions of Learning Design range from the belief that we simply put an instructor’s slides into Canvas, to being a one stop shop that does everything for a Subject Matter Expert. While there are threads of truth to this, it’s far from the heart of what our profession is dedicated to.

Asking Students How They Feel about Journaling Assignments

January 8th, 2024

PhD candidate and Dutton intern Emre Dinç, Learning designer Maria Wherley, and associate teaching professor and adviser Haley Sankey teamed up to study students’ attitudes toward journaling assignments used as assessment activities in a study-away experience.

How to create an inclusive online class

November 21st, 2023

At Penn State, we believe in a commitment to diversity and inclusion in all areas of the University. This includes our classrooms. Here are some ways to use language to create diverse and inclusive classroom environments for all students.