Penn State receives global recognition from 1EdTech for innovation, leadership


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State received two prestigious awards this summer from 1EdTech, a community of nearly 900 member institutions dedicated to accelerating the digital transformation of learning. 

‘Course Insights’

Course Insights, a learning analytic tool developed by the Data Empowering Learning (DEL) team in Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT), received the platinum-level Learning Impact Award. This award recognizes innovative applications of educational technology that address the most significant challenges facing education.

Course Insights conveys learning-related insight to instructors about the population of students enrolled in their Canvas courses. The analytics empower instructors to explore the relationships between course engagements and learner activity to outcomes in their courses, helping them shape their pedagogical strategies, course administration, and out-of-class student support needs.

Ben Hellar, manager of the DEL team, is proud to be at the forefront of learning analytics at Penn State.  

“We are honored that 1EdTech has recognized Course Insights as an impactful and innovative tool to support instruction and student success. The awards help validate that our approach of delivering learning analytics data to instructors has value not only to the institution but for the industry at large,” said Hellar.

Instructors interested in joining the ongoing Course Insights pilot should contact the Data Empowered Learning Team in Teaching & Learning with Technology at [email protected] for more information.  

Power Learning Potential award

Additionally, Penn State received one of the 17 Power Learning Potential awards in recognition of breakthrough uses of technology and education working together. 

“Our Power Learning Potential Awards recognize those organizations that go above and beyond to take those collaborations to the next level to address the key educational leadership imperatives of our time,” said Rob Abel, the CEO of 1EdTech.  

Andy Fisher, manager of the Learning Engagement team in Penn State IT, accepted the award on behalf of Penn State.

“As a contributing member to 1EdTech, we work directly on the issues we face in delivering and advancing the systems and processes our instructional community uses every day,” Fisher said. “1EdTech standards have simplified Penn State’s technical, security, and accessibility needs and accelerated our ability to enhance the digital learning ecosystem at Penn State.”


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