University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education

Designing Virtual Learning Environments

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - Thursday, July 16, 2020

Penn GSE Virtual Institutes bring Penn's faculty and resources to teachers, educators and leaders across the globe. In these innovative professional learning modules, participants engage in real-time, online group sessions as well as reflect and learn at their own pace in asynchronous sessions. Institutes typically span three consecutive half days, allowing participants to accelerate their learning while continuing to fulfill their professional obligations.

About the Program

Teaching and learning in K-12 and higher education classrooms have undergone a tectonic shift. The Designing Virtual Learning Environments Institute addresses how to navigate these changes.

Designed for educators who are being challenged to transform their practice in virtual environments, this program exposes teachers to the most recent trends in learning primarily through educational technologies. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how to successfully design a virtual learning environment.

This program explores perspectives that consider not just the learner and content but additional variables needed to ensure that successful learning takes place. Societal and technological influences on learning will also be addressed.

What You'll Gain
  • Develop an understanding of learner needs as they interact with society and school.
  • Investigate the main learning theories and methods influencing the field and how they are instantiated in practice
  • Examine and reflect on how technologically designed learning environments address important learning challenges
  • Evaluate how these learning environments and applications have and have not helped learning and how they can be improved

Who Should Enroll

Educators in the following sectors who design formal or informal learning environments:

  • K-12
  • Higher education

Key Topics
  • Digital literacies
  • Connectivisim
  • Scaffolding learning
  • Personalized learning and assessments
  • Learning and technology in today's world


Dr. Betty Chandy

Director for Online Learning, Catalyst

Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division

Penn Graduate School of Education



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3 days



Daily synchronous sessions: 10:00am–12:00pm ET
Asynchronous pre- and post-session work: 2 hours per day


Standard rate: $600
Early bird rate: $450.00*
Group rate: $450.00 per person**

*Early bird rate available until 6/16/2020
**Group rate available for 4+ from the same organization. Click here to request a group rate.



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Cancellation and Refund Policy

If you have to cancel your registration prior to the program's start date, you will receive a fee credit, valid for one year, for a future Penn GSE Virtual Institute. If Penn GSE must cancel your registration, we will refund your payment in full, or you may request a fee credit as above.