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John A. Dutton e-Education Institute

As the college’s learning design unit, the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute works in close partnership with the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences' five academic departments to design, develop, and manage the college's online certificate and degree programs, as well as to support the college's faculty in the delivery of resident instruction offerings.

The college serves as a leader in distance teaching and learning at Penn State. To date, our college boasts 19 certificate and degree programs online and more than 130 online courses. We have been able to extend the reach of a high-quality, rigorous, and research-based Penn State education to more than 5,900 undergraduates and more than 1,250 working adult professionals around the globe.

Embodying the Best Practices in e-Education

The Institute's experienced team of learning designers and multimedia and web-based technology specialists partner with the college's faculty to cultivate the college’s capacity to create online courses and programs that embody the best practices of e-Education. Each general phase of our learning design process—analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation—is informed by tested pedagogical and androgogical learning theories and practices.

Learn more

To learn more about the institute, please visit the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute website.


Katherine Meckler
Air Force captain sees Penn State degree as pathway to working in GIS

Katherine Meckler, a captain in the United States Air Force, is working toward a master's degree in geographic information systems. 

Beth King
King added to Student Engagement Network's Faculty Academy

Five faculty, including Beth King, were added to the Faculty Academy program through the Student Engagement Network at Penn State.

Bison herd
'Geodesigning' solutions for the future of Yellowstone National Park

Penn State World Campus graduate students in the Rural/Regional Geodesign Challenges studio course were asked to apply their knowledge to help develop a large-scale recovery, restoration and sustainability plan for one of the most iconic and revered sites in the United States, Yellowstone National Park.

Online students traveled to University Park campus for commencement.
Past, present and future of Online Geospatial Education at Penn State celebrated

Here is something to think about: Some of Penn State's current Department of Geography students weren't even born when Online Geospatial Education at Penn State offered its first class. 

 Kaltura, Penn State’s new media management and storage platform seamlessly integrates with Canvas
Kaltura's integration with Canvas gives faculty options in classrooms and online

Dan Coughlin's hands skip across his keyboard, then he reaches for the mouse. With just a few clicks, a week's worth of video lessons for the applications development class he teaches at University Park are uploaded, embedded and waiting for his students in Canvas.