Director of the Office of Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship
With a degree in journalism from the Penn State Donald P. Bellasario College of Communications, Kevin has worked in the communications and education field for more than twenty years at CBS, NBC & PBS affiliates, as well as the Creative Services team at WPSU Penn State. He has produced and directed award winning educational experiences including “We Regret to Inform You“, a death notification training for law enforcement, in partnership with the FBI and Penn State; and “TOPCORP” Energy Training for oil and gas regulators, a three school collaboration with University of Texas, Colorado School of Mines & Penn State. His most recent work finds him leading the Liberal Arts Edge Seminars at the College of the Liberal Arts. This series of courses explores current events from multiple disciplines as they happen including topics like President Trump’s candidacy and campaign, NFL protest, DACA, Immigration, and a look at the the pivotal year 1968 and what it means today.
Faculty Development Coordinator
Erica is a former Lecturer in the English department teaching for the Program in Writing and Rhetoric. She is the co-author and facilitator of the BlendDLA cohort as well as several other initiatives at DPS. An alumnus of West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Erica studied 20th century science fiction and fantasy literature with an emphasis on the cultural link between science fiction of the 60’s and 70’s and the second wave feminist movement. Erica’s current research focuses on incorporating blended learning and digital tools into writing intensive courses. Her life goals include visiting all seven continents, convincing her pre-teen son that he is not allergic to cleaning his room, and figuring out which vat of radioactive material she needs to jump in to gain the power of teleportation.
Jessie has supported online courses since 2012 and started supporting digital methods in residential courses when she moved to the College of the Liberal Arts in the summer of 2015. Her Masters in Learning, Design & Technology guides her implementation of digital tools. Several of the projects she has worked on have been featured in conferences, in the news, and won national awards.
She has partnered with faculty in Spanish, English, History, Anthropology, and African American Studies to explore technologies that engage students in new ways and help them self-direct their learning.
Since coming to Penn State in 2015, Dave has contributed to the design and development of hybrid and fully online courses in foreign languages, applied linguistics, Labor and Employment Relations, Communication Arts and Sciences, Business Writing, and History. Dave also supports experimental special topics courses, such as The World of 1968 and Democratic Dissent, as well as Digital Humanities projects and special initiatives within the College of the Liberal Arts.
Before coming to Penn State, Dave worked in a variety of positions in education and industry: Dave has worked as an adult ESL instructor, a technical writer/design assistant for e-Learning simulations and courses for the military, and a writing tutor. Dave has a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from Michigan State University. Dave’s research areas include emerging educational technologies (especially computers in the Humanities), project-based learning, and gamification.
Emilee helps faculty, students, and others develop and deliver online courses, lectures, and special presentations. She also produces video, photography, and other multimedia resources for the College’s Office of Strategic Communications.
Emilee earned her bachelor’s degree (with honors) in digital media from Juniata College; she also studied new media as a non-degree graduate student and earned her certification in digital art, both at Penn State.
In her spare time, Emilee enjoys hiking and training her dog and learning to garden.
Collectively the office has presented at the following conferences:
Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship Training for Faculty in the Liberal Arts (Poster Presentation) – Aaron Mauro, Dave Sandor, Kevin Conaway, Erica Fleming, and Jessie Driver – Bucknell Digital Scholarship Conference, October 2018
Writing Intensive Courses Revised: Applying Hybrid Learning Techniques – Jessie Driver, Erica Fleming – Lilly Conference on Teaching and Learning, August 2018
Applying and Workshopping Successful Blended Learning Strategies – Jessie Driver, Erica Fleming, TLT Symposium – March 2018
1968: Promoting Digital Fluency through Student and Alumni Engagement – Jessie Driver, Dave Sandor, Kathy Salzer, Jamie Brenner, Reilly Ebbs – TLT Symposium, March 2018
Future Learning Experience for Distance Education – Rick Shearer, Tugce Aldemir, Jessie Driver – AECT Conference, November 2017
Empowering Faculty to Redesign Courses Through a Blended Learning Cohort – Jackie Sabol, Jessie Driver – Montgomery County Community College Technology and Learning Conference, October 2017
Analyzing Trump: Showcasing Liberal Arts in the Classroom and Online – Jessie Driver; Emilee Spokus – TLT Symposium, March 2017
Quizzes and Question Banks – Louise Sharrar, Jessie Driver – Canvas Day, 2017
Quizzes and Question Banks – Louise Sharrar, Jessie Driver – Canvas Day, 2016
Reilly Ebbs – Anthropology
Nick McLean – Economics
Anna King – Communication Arts and Sciences
Jacob Iwinksi – Communication Arts and Sciences