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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!

Dutton Institute director advocates for all learners through faculty senate

October 2nd, 2018

Ann Taylor always wanted the experiences of being Penn State University Faculty Senate chair but knew her job duties as assistant dean for distance learning and director of the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute wouldn’t allow for the time commitment. So she found a way to make it work. Taylor served three years as Faculty Senate secretary — a feat accomplished by a small handful of others — and through that achieved many of the same opportunities afforded to a serving chair. Each year, she’s toured a third of all colleges and campuses, which the chair does in the same timeframe.

Videos for missed points

September 1st, 2017

Allow students to make up missed exam points by creating their own short videos to explain the missed concepts and promote deep learning.

Pizza? No, Piazza!

April 5th, 2017

Piazza is a great enhancement to Canvas courses, allowing better facilitation and management of class discussions.