Dr. Joshua Kirby

Dr. Joshua Kirby
Phone: 8148650472
Office Address:
303 Keller Building
University Park, PA 16802-1303
Campus: University Park
Mailing Address:
Penn State University
303 Keller Building
University Park, PA 16802


Assistant Professor of Education (Learning, Design, and Technology)
Program Coordinator of the Learning, Design, and Technology Online Programs


Learning and Performance Systems


Teaching and Learning Online
Learning, Design, and Technology
Learning, Design, and Technology: Educational Technology
Educational Technology


My primary role in the Learning and Performance Systems Department is as the Program Coordinator for Learning, Design, and Technology Online Programs, where I coordinate the efforts of my faculty and staff colleagues with the delivery support provided by Penn State World Campus. In addition to program administration duties I am deeply involved with program and course development, and I recruit, advise, and teach our students.

I am originally from Albion, New York, and I have lived and worked in educational program design and administration in Malvern, Pennsylvania, Columbus, Ohio, Casper, Wyoming, and now University Park, Pennsylvania. My volunteer engagement with the community has been focused on supporting youth development and youth experiences outdoors.

Areas of Expertise

Individual Difference

Learning Processes


Instructional Methods and Design
Learning Assessment

Methodological Research

Qualitative Research


Computer Technology
Cyber Charter Schools
Instructional Design

Courses Taught

LDT 100 - World Technologies and Learning

LDT 415A - Systematic Instructional Development

LDT 415B - Systematic Instructional Development for Teachers

EDTEC 440 - Educational Technology Integration

Office Hours

Student consultation is available in-person, online, and by telephone by appointment.

Education History

• Ph.D. Penn State University, 2010, Instructional Systems; • M.S. Penn State University, 2007, Educational Psychology; • B.S. SUNY College at Brockport, 2001, Communication Studies (Public Communication and Persuasion)

Activities and Honors

Global Career Development Facilitator - National Career Development Association

Institute of Emerging Leaders in Online Learning (IELOL) - Online Learning Consortium

SUNY Chancellor's Award Recipient - SUNY College at Brockport

McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program Alumnus - SUNY College at Brockport