Online learning scholarships available to faculty or staff

June 24, 2009

University Park, Pa. -- Vice President for Outreach Craig Weidemann announced recently that two scholarships will be provided for Penn State faculty or staff to attend the August Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL), a unique blended-learning leadership development program sponsored by Penn State and the Sloan Consortium.

The scholarship will cover all costs to participate in the program including travel, lodging, and program expenses. The Institute is designed to serve the leadership development needs of professionals in the rapidly expanding field of online learning.

The program begins with an immersive experience at Penn State, from August 10-13. The second component is a five week online program enabling the participants to apply the new skills and concepts in their local settings. The program culminates with a preconference workshop at the annual Sloan Consortium ALN conference in Orlando, Fla.

For more information about the program and who should participate, visit the program's Web site at

To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must have at least three years of experience working in online learning, at least five years of total experience in higher education, a role in middle management or higher, and evidence of long-term commitment to online learning.

Those interested in nominating someone (or self-nominating) for consideration for an IELOL scholarship, complete the online nomination form at To indicate your interest in being considered for the scholarship, check “other” to indicate your type of institution and include the code “PSUSCHOLAR” in the description field. The deadline to submit nominations is July 9. All nominees for the Institute and the scholarships will be reviewed by a committee of Institute faculty members and notified by e-mail by July 16.

Last Updated June 24, 2009