As the college’s learning design unit, the John A. Dutton Institute for Teaching and Learning Excellence 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 andrological learning theories and practices.
To learn more about the institute, please visit the John A. Dutton Institute for Teaching and Learning Excellence website.