Working Groups

Fostering collaboration across campus

The Online Learning Initiative facilitates a variety of working groups, bringing schools together to discuss issues central to online learning at Penn. Contact the OLI team if you'd like more information on any of these working groups.

About:

The Online Programs Working Group integrates the planning for developing, sustaining and, as appropriate, expanding online learning into the university’s regular planning and evaluation processes. The group coordinates budget and technology planning for online learning.

Members:

  • Megan Carr, Director of Operations, OLI
  • Amy Collins, Senior Director of Administrative Affairs, Office of the Provost
  • Jeanne Curtis, Executive Director of Application & Information Services, Information Systems & Computing
  • Rebecca Cweibel, Staff Assistant, OLI
  • Peter Javian, Manager of Operations, Institutional Research & Analysis
  • Margaret Kip, University Registrar
  • Rob Nelson*, Executive Director for Education and Academic Planning, Office of the Provost
  • Sharon Pepe, University Bursar
  • Fran Seidita, Director, Budget Planning
  • Matt Sessa, Executive Director, Student Registration & Financial Services
  • Rebecca Stein*, Executive Director, Online Learning Initiative
  • Robert Terrell, Associate General Counsel
  • Elaine Varas, Senior University Director of Financial Aid

*Indicates co-chair

About:

The Online Directors group includes leaders from across campus to share updates, resources, and best practices to support and expand online learning at Penn. Through collaboration it seeks to align online learning efforts with institutional priorities and builds the online learning knowledge base across campus. 

Members:

  • Jackie Candido; Senior Director of Program Design & Delivery (School of Arts & Sciences)
  • Megan Carr; Director of Operations (Online Learning Initiative)
  • Betty Chandy; Program Director, Online Learning (Graduate School of Education)
  • Angelina Conti; Director of Digital Learning (School of Arts & Sciences) 
  • Rebecca Cweibel; Staff Assistant (Online Learning Initiative)
  • Kim Eke; Director of Teaching, Research & Learning Services (Penn Libraries)
  • Erik Froelich; Associate Director of Platforms and Technologies (Wharton Online)
  • Kim Halscheid; Instructional Designer, Academic Programs (Perelman School of Medicine)
  • Cheryl Hardy; Director, Legal Education Programs (Penn Law)
  • Laura Hart; Director of Online Educational Initiatives (Perelman School of Medicine, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy)
  • Becca Hayward; Director (Penn Engineering Online)
  • Hagana Kim; Associate Director, Legal Education Programs (Penn Law)
  • Bobbi Kurshan; Senior Fellow and Innovation Advisor (Graduate School of Education)
  • Eli Lesser; Executive Director, Educational Innovation (School of Social Policy and Practice)
  • Erin Marshall; Online Learning, Classroom & Instructional Technologies Manager (Penn Nursing)
  • Gail Morrison; Director, Innovation Center for Online Medical Education (Perelman School of Medicine)
  • JoAnn Murray; Assistant Dean (Annenberg School for Communication)
  • Tej Patel; Director, Penn Nursing Information Technology Services (Penn Nursing)
  • Jenni Punt; Director of One Health Research Education (Penn Vet)
  • Kris Rabberman; Assistant Vice Dean & Director, Academic Affairs, Division of Professional and Liberal Education, SAS (School of Arts & Sciences)
  • Olivia Roth; Associate Director (Penn Engineering Online)
  • Adam Roth-Saks; Administrative Director, Nonprofit Leadership Program; Finance Manager, Center for Social Impact Strategy (School of Social Policy and Practice)
  • Rebecca Stein; Executive Director (Online Learning Initiative)
  • Karyn Tufarolo; Associate Director for Faculty Affairs and Diversity Coordinator (Penn Design)
  • Kathy Urban; Director, Undergraduate programs (School of Arts & Sciences)
  • Chia-Wei Wu; Director of Learning Sciences and Technologies (Penn Dental)

 

About:  

IDWG brings instructional design professionals together from across the University to consider best practices; discuss emergent issues, opportunities and technologies; and continuously develop our capacity to support the production of online offerings that align with the University’s standards of excellence. In addition to meeting monthly, members use Slack to continue conversations, share resources, and ask questions. Contact the OLI team to learn more. 

Members: 

  • Adam Zolkover; Instructional Designer (Perelman School of Medicine) 
  • Adrienne Cascarella; Senior Secretary (Perelman School of Medicine) 
  • Anna Greene; Program Coordinator (Perelman School of Medicine)  
  • Becky Moulder; Instructional Design Project Leader (Wharton) 
  • Bruce Lenthall; Executive Director (Center for Teaching and Learning) 
  • Cathy Turner; Senior Associate Director (Center for Teaching and Learning) 
  • Clay Colmon; Instructional Designer (Arts & Sciences Online Learning) 
  • Craig Diena; Online Training Specialist (Perelman School of Medicine) 
  • David Allegretti; IT Director (School of Social Policy and Practice)  
  • Emily McCully; Associate Director of Academic Affairs and Global Programs (School of Social Policy and Practice)  
  • Erik Froelich; Associate Director, Platforms & Technologies (Wharton Online) 
  • Erin Marshall; Online Learning & Instructional Design Manager (Penn Nursing)  
  • Jessica Morris; Associate Director, Online Instructional Design (Online Learning Initiative, Center for Teaching and Learning) 
  • Joe Schaffner; Courseware Support Librarian (Penn Libraries) 
  • Karen Kappe; Instructional Designer (Perelman School of Medicine)  
  • Karen Shala; Administrative Coordinator (Perelman School of Medicine)  
  • Katie Rawson; Director of Learning Innovation (Penn Libraries) 
  • Kimberley Halscheid; Instructional Designer, Academic Programs (Perelman School of Medicine)  
  • Linda Lee; Instructional Design Project Leader (Wharton) 
  • Matt Moran;  Instructional Designer (Penn Engineering Online Learning) 
  • May Truong-Merritt; Instructional Designer (Penn Vet) 
  • Meryl Krieger; Instructional Designer/Technologist (Arts & Sciences Online Learning) 
  • Mike Morolla; Course Manager (Wharton Online) 
  • Nadia Ali; Research Coordinator (Perelman School of Medicine)  
  • Nicole Auge; Online Learning Coordinator  (School of Social Policy and Practice)  
  • Rachel Bastian; Administrative Director (Perelman School of Medicine)  
  • Rebecca Gallagher; Coordinator (Perelman School of Medicine)  
  • Rebecca Stein; Executive Director (Online Learning Initiative)    
  • Ryan Frasch; Sr. Training & Instructional Technology Specialist (Perelman School of Medicine)  
  • Samantha Hughes; Senior IT Manager (Penn Law) 
  • Sherri Place; Associate Director of Online Design and Production (Online Learning Initiative) 
  • Shirley Yang; Instructional Designer (Penn Dental) 
  • Tanya Bennett; Director of Educational Technology (Penn Vet) 
  • Taylor Kahny; Instructional Designer (Penn Nursing)