The Penn State Digital Learning Steering Committee (PSDLSC), comprised of senior level University-wide executives, will provide leadership to advance the overall University digital learning strategy.
It is imperative to note that Penn State’s digital learning strategy must be considered as a crucial component of the overall University learning strategy, with digital learning embedded in, and providing reinforcement to, how the institutional defines the learning ecosystem. The digital learning strategy must be integrated into the core academic enterprise and represented in the strategic plans at all levels.
The overarching goal is to utilize educational technology and outstanding pedagogy to advance student learning and success. More specifically, the Penn State Digital Learning Steering Committee will:
- Develop a vision, mission, and fiscal model to support the continued evolution of digital learning in all delivery formats;
- Recommend changes to current administrative and academic policies and procedures and/or generate necessary policies and procedures to allow the University to develop integrated quality digital learning offerings and to adapt as digital learning evolves;
- Oversee the work of the Penn State Online Coordinating Council;
- Monitor and respond to federal and state policies impacting digital learning (e.g., State Authorization, PHEAA financial aid for students studying at a distance);
- Ensure quality of all instruction (e.g., grade distribution, balance of faculty, student retention, graduation rates, etc.) and course design across the University offered through digital modes of delivery (e.g., online, hybrid, flipped, and blended instruction);
- Respond to recommendations and decisions from the World Campus Governance Committee;
- Advance processes and practices to ensure fiscal optimization of digital offerings;
- Advance and oversee non-credit programs delivered via digital formats (e.g., online, hybrid, flipped, and blended instruction);
- Monitor strategic partnerships with external service vendors providing support or enhancements to digital instruction (e.g., Blackboard, Inside Track);
- Oversee all academic (e.g., program portfolio) and administrative elements of the World Campus enrollment growth plan to ensure quality and integration of the offerings;
- Monitor the integration of educational technology with on-campus classrooms;
- Evaluate emerging pedagogy and technology models (such as MOOC and MOCC) for effectiveness and application to the Penn State teaching and learning model. This includes the management of intake processes, exit strategies, and administrative approvals;
- Champion technology enhancements that improve the effectiveness and efficiency of all learning systems;
- Advance processes and services to improve student support for students studying at a distance; and
- Lead innovations and strategic alliances to advance online and digital learning.
The Penn State Digital Learning Steering Committee is not a policy body and does not have oversight of traditional academic issues under the purview of the colleges and campuses. The Committee will work closely with other key University administrative and academic bodies (e.g., UPCADs, ACUE, Council of Campus Chancellors, the Graduate Council, University Faculty Senate, President’s Council, etc.) and advance all policies on to the Provost for initial consideration.