The Outreach Office works with academic units to plan, design, develop, and deliver a wide range of educational programs, opportunities, and resources that enhance student learning, reach new audiences, and foster collaborations.
Our vision is that learners from all walks of life and from around the globe will realize their educational goals and find their lives enriched by participating in outreach and online learning programs and initiative of the College of Health and Human Development.
- Oversight and management of HHD online programs and courses offered through World Campus.
- Learning design support and consultation.
- Program planning and management for credit courses with short-term travel experiences, non-credit programs, conferences, and youth camps.
- Facilitate opportunities for faculty to develop their skills and approaches to teaching.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Outreach?
Outreach is about extending educational opportunities, programs, and resources to those who would not otherwise have access to them. It comes in many forms, including online programs, conferences/workshops, youth camps, special collaborations with non-Penn State partners, non-credit programs for community members, etc.
- What resources does the Outreach Office offer faculty?
Program planning and management for:
- HHD online programs and courses
- Credit courses that include short term travel experiences (US only)
- Non-credit programs, including youth camps, conferences/workshops, etc.
Instructional design and development for World Campus courses and programs
Consultation for all HHD faculty as it relates to best practices in pedagogical approaches, course design, and use of Canvas, as well as making connections with University resources for teaching with technology.
Canvas support to help meet accommodation needs of students with disabilities
Liaison unit between HHD and Penn State Outreach units, such as World Campus and Conferences & Institutes
Assistance with establishing cooperative arrangements with non-Penn State organizations for educational purposes
- What should I do if I’m interested in teaching an online course through the World Campus?
Talk with your department head first, and assuming that you have his/her support, consult with the person in your department who has oversight responsibility for courses offered through the World Campus or contact Susan LeWay in the Outreach Office. Anyone who is interested in teaching a course through the World Campus is encouraged to take the online orientation training called OL2000 offered by the World Campus Faculty Development Office. If you are assigned to teach, you will be expected to complete OL2000.
- I’m interested in taking students on a trip as part of my course. What do I need to know?
Safety, liability, and logistics are critical considerations when planning programs and courses that involve students travelling from campus – both internationally and domestic. For trips in the US, first talk with your department head, and then assuming that you have his/her support, contact Lisa Clapper in the Outreach Office to discuss your idea. Lisa will walk you through all you need to know to plan a course with a short-term trip.