Cole W. Camplese serves as the Senior Director for Teaching and Learning with Technology. He leads efforts to provide strategic direction to enhance Penn State’s use of technology in teaching, learning and research, oversee classroom and lab design and management, guide ongoing training initiatives, and work to establish innovative approaches to support the integration of technologies into learning environments.
His primary area of focus is the integration of emerging technologies into learning spaces. At Penn State, the challenge is providing scalable solutions that the 96,000 students and 10,000 faculty can successfully use to enhance their teaching and learning environments.
A member of Penn State's Faculty Senate, Camplese serves on several University wide committees and working groups. As an example, he recently chaired the Pedagogical Sub Committee investigating the University's decision regarding the selection of the next enterprise Course Management System.
Camplese has recently worked to integrate several new emerging technologies into curricular activities at Penn State to support digital expression as a form of scholarship. He and his team have lead the creation of the Blogs at Penn State, Podcasts at Penn State, the Media Commons, Adobe Connect Pro, iTunes U, ePortfolio, and the Educational Gaming Commons.
Camplese oversees the annual Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium, several community development events, and numerous other initiatives designed to coalesce the learning design community and drive the adoption of technologies for teaching and learning.
In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Camplese teaches Disruptive Technologies for Teaching and Learning, a graduate course in Penn State's College of Education. This popular course focuses on envisioning and discussing the embedded pedagogical affordances of emerging technologies. In the recent past Camplese taught undergraduates in the College of Information Sciences and Technology. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator, selected for his innovative uses of technology in support of his teaching and administrative work.
Previously, Camplese served as the Director of Education Technology Services at the Pennsylvania State University. As Director, it was his responsibility to identify emergent trends and oversee University-wide initiatives with a focus on impacting teaching and learning with technology.
From 1999-2005, Camplese served in various roles in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology, culminating as the Director of the IST Solutions Institute from 2001 on. The Solutions Institute is an applied research and development institute with a focus on the innovative uses of technology for education, training, and delivery of both face to face and online learning. Camplese designed the Online IST program that has been used to serve as the foundation for both resident and distance deliveries of the College of IST’s core undergraduate curriculum. This program was built on a custom instructional design and development methodology and toolset envisioned and crafted by Camplese.
Camplese was also the principle investigator and chief administrator for the Pennsylvania Governor’s School in Information Technology, an annual outreach program designed to enrich 75 of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s best and brightest high school juniors in the areas of information technology management.
Upon arriving at Penn State in 1998, Camplese was an instructional designer at the newly established World Campus. It was in these early interactions that much of the foundation was built for some of the guiding principles of online course design still being utilized at the University.
Camplese is an established public speaker who strives to provide practical insight into the use of technologies to drive greater classroom engagement. He is also an established consultant, helping organizations integrate technology into their business practices, education and training programs, and their internal and external communication processes. He is a published author and has presented both practical and theoretical concepts at regional and national conferences. Additionally he has served on several industry and higher education advisories boards ranging from data storage management, Junior Achievement, to the Apple Digital Campus.
He is the Father of two young children who do an amazing job of keeping him both busy and very engaged in the state of our overall educational system. He received a Masters of Sciences in Instructional Technology from Bloomsburg University and a 1994 graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology . He is currently pursuing a PhD in Instructional Systems at Penn State.
Senior Director, Teaching and Learning with Technology