Technology Committee

About the Technology Committee

The Technology Committee shall be concerned with all matters related to academic and administrative uses of technology in the College, maintain appropriate liaison with the Dean’s representative, and recommend to the Council such legislative or advisory action as seems appropriate.

Technology Committee Members

  • Hyung Joon Yoon, Associate Professor of Education, Learning & Performance Systems -- Chair 
  • David B. McNaughton, Professor of Education, Educational Psychology, Counseling & Special Education -- Faculty Council Representative
  • William Diehl, Assistant Professor of Education -- College Faculty Representative
  • Karen Brewster, Director of Operations -- Dean's Appointee, Ex-officio Member
  • Israa Samarin, Ph.D. Candidate -- Student Representative
  • Yu-Ling Chang, Ph.D. Student -- Student Representative


Technology Roundtable Series

The CoE Technology Committee organizes a monthly 30-minute business meeting followed by another 30-minute sharing on a special topic, including teaching, advising, research, project management, and work productivity. CoE students, staff, and faculty are welcome to join.

This is a short, 30-minute event where presenters and attendees share knowledge and tips on a chosen topic.

All meetings start at 3:30 pm,  Meeting Location: Zoom 

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Upcoming Sessions



  • April 14, 2021 - Topic: Transforming Education through AI: Introduction to Nittany AI Alliance. Speaker: Brad Zdenek, Innovation Strategist, Nittany AI Alliance ( The Nittany AI Alliance (, an initiative of Penn State Outreach, engages students in addressing the world’s challenges through the application of artificial intelligence (AI). Each year student teams participate in the Nittany AI Challenge where students compete over 8 months to create solutions applying AI in the fields of Education, Health, Humanitarianism, and the Environment. During this session, Mr. Zdenek introduced the Nittany AI Alliance to the College of Education community. He shared some AI-based education-related projects that Penn State students are currently implementing. Click Here to watch the session.


  • March 17, 2021 - Topic: Collaborative efforts with the PA Department of Education for distance learning during COVID-19. Speaker: Dr. Will Diehl, Assistant Professor of Education and Director of The American Center for Study of Distance Education. Click Here to watch the session.


  • February 20, 2020 - Topic: Tour of the Center for Immersive Experiences for 18 participants. Location: Room W003 inside the Central Atrium at Pattee and Paterno Library. Timing: 11:00am - 12:00pm. Tour Leaders: Alexander Klippel is the Director of the Center for Immersive Experiences. He is a Professor of Geography at the Department of Geography. He is the Gosnell Senior Faculty Scholar and Teaching and Learning with Technology Fellow. He holds an affiliate position at Information Science and Technology at Penn State and is an Associate of the Institute of CyberScience. He is also the founder of ChoroPhronesis – Applied Spatial Intelligence. Dr. Klippel's research interests are eclectic. Topics include, but are not limited to, spatial cognition, wayfinding, geographic event conceptualization, formal characterizations of dynamic spatial processes, location-based services, landscape and land cover concepts, crowdscience and crowdsourcing, and featured prominently in recent projects, Virtual Reality, and 3D modeling. Mark Simpson, a Geography Ph.D. student, works with Dr. Klippel in the ChoroPhronesis research group. His research interests are at the intersection of geographic visualization, spatial cognition, and virtual reality. In particular, his work experimentally evaluates how unique aspects enabled by immersive technology systems (such as embodied movement) affect the understanding of 3D data visualizations.


  • January 16, 2020 - Topic: Using Virtual Reality for Research and TeachingLocation: 221 Chambers Building and ZoomSession Leaders: Dr. Mary Catherine Scheeler and Mark Simpson - Mary Catherine Scheeler is from the Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education department. Her research focuses on finding effective techniques to prepare teachers to work with children with special needs. Subject: Using virtual reality in teaching. Dr. Scheeler invites anyone who would like to learn more about her presentation to contact her directly at [email protected]Mark Simpson is a Geography Ph.D. student studying immersive data visualization, XR developer, and a member of the Center for Immersive Experiences. Topic: Overview of VR's utility for data visualization applications and his personal research on running human participants' experiments evaluating VR for data visualization. Subject: Using virtual reality in research. 


  • November 21, 2019 - Topic: Topics varied based on the Ph.D. Candidate's research. Location: 228 Chambers Building and ZoomSession Leaders: Sojung Jung, Doctoral Candidate - Special Education, Ciara Ousley, Doctoral Candidate - Special Education, Hyeyeon Lee, Doctoral Candidate - Educational Psychology; and Nate Turcotte, Doctoral Candidate - Learning, Design, and Technology. Description: Sojung and Ciara used an application on an iPad (GoVisual) to provide video modeling to a 21-year-old with Down Syndrome on how to grocery shop independently. This technology not only assisted the young man with the procedures of grocery shopping but supported his communication as well via programmed text and speech output, which allowed him to clearly and independently share his order at the deli counter and interact with the checkout cashier. Hyeyeon presented how to manipulate and visualize complex data using Tableau software. For instance, one visualization depicted how students' behavior and activities in the classroom changed over the course of time. Nate presented on the research that he is conducting in collaboration with the Golf Teaching and Research Center (GTRC) at Penn State. Specifically, his presentation showcased the embodied forms of teaching and learning with data between coaches and athletes in the GTRC.


  • October 17, 2019 - Topic: Using Microsoft Teams for Collaboration, Project Management, and Advising. Location: 228 Chambers Building and ZoomSession Leader: Hyung Joon Yoon is from the Workforce Education and Development program for the Learning and Performance Systems department. Description: In this session, Dr. Yoon shared how Microsoft Team could be used for different types of collaborative tasks including teamwork, project management, and advising, providing some tips for the effective use of the application. Those new to Microsoft Team learned innovative ways to organize and complete things with people. Among its many features, a Google-doc-like feature of MS Teams allows you to collaborate on MS Office documents without losing complicated formats. 

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