Penn State Online Resources
Penn State Quality Assurance e-Learning Design Standards
These standards provide a measure of quality assurance for online courses in order to serve the e-learning needs of Penn State students. They are directed to departments and colleges that wish to share online courses with other campuses or with students external to a Penn State geographic location via Penn State’s World Campus or e-Learning Cooperative.
State Authorizations (requires login)
The Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution grants all states the authority to regulate education within their boundaries. In 2011, the University’s Office of General Counsel charged Outreach with securing and maintaining state authorization compliance due to the presence of the World Campus in all 50 states. Penn State faculty and staff can learn more about that work and state authorizations in general via the link above.
- Managing Your Online Class
A comprehensive to-do list to aid instructors when delivering a class online, from before the course begins to after it ends!
- Hiring Guidelines
The faculty engagement subcommittee of the Penn State Online Coordinating Council developed these documents to help guide the hiring process for online program lead faculty, course authors, and course instructors.
- Faculty Self-Assessment for Online Teaching
The faculty engagement subcommittee of the Penn State Online Coordinating Council developed this faculty self-assessment for online teaching.
- Faculty Competencies for Online Teaching
The faculty engagement subcommittee of the Penn State Online Coordinating Council developed this document detailing pedagogical, technical, and administrative competencies for online teaching.
- Peer Review of Online Teaching
To address the need for online course peer review in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, the Dutton Institute designed, implemented, and assessed this peer review process for online teaching, a Peer Review Guide for Online Teaching at Penn State.
- Peer Review for Hybrid Courses at Penn State
The faculty engagement subcommittee of the Penn State Online Coordinating Council designed, implemented, and assessed this peer review process for hybrid courses. The work is based on the “Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education,” a summary of 50 years of higher education research that addressed good teaching and learning practices.
- World Campus Faculty Development Site
Resources and professional development for online instructors.
A glossary of terms related to e-learning and distance education.
- Building from Content to Community: [Re]Thinking the Transition to Online Teaching and Learning
Virginia Commonwealth University has published a white paper about faculty members who are teaching online, as well as those considering making the move.
- Faculty Development Resources, Dutton e-Education Institute
A collection of faculty development resources, compiled by the Dutton e-Education Institute
Going the Distance with Online Education
Larreamendy-Joerns, J., & Leinhardt, G. (2006). Going the distance with online education. Review of Educational Research, 76(4), 567-605.
- How Does Distance Education Compare with Classroom Instruction? A Meta-Analysis of the Empirical Literature
Bernard, R. M., Abrami, P. C., Lou, Y., Borokhovski, E., Wade, A., Wozney, L., Wallet, P. A., Fiset, M., & Huang, B. (2004). How Does Distance Education Compare With Classroom Instruction? A Meta-Analysis of the Empirical Literature. Review of Educational Research, 74(3), 379-439.
Staying the Course: Online Education in the United States, 2008
Report on the status of online learning in higher education.
- Teaching Courses Online: A Review of the Research
Tallent-Runnels, M. K., Thomas, J. A., Lan, W. Y., Cooper, S., Ahern, T. C., Shaw, S. M., & Liu, X. (2006). Teaching courses online: A review of the research. Review of Educational Research, 76(1), 93-135.
- Twenty Years of Research on the Academic Performance Differences between Traditional and Distance Learning: Summative Meta-Analysis and Trend Examination