Ann H. Taylor

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2217 Earth-Engineering Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 863-9070

Office: 420 Earth-Engineering Sciences Building

Job Description

I am the director of the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Penn State University. I have worked in the field of distance education since 1991 and began working for the Dutton Institute in 2002. My current faculty appointment is as a Senior Lecturer.

Twenty-two years in the field has put me in a front row seat as distance education has gone from correspondence study and "teleclasses" to the implementation of real-time two-way videoconferencing and ultimately the Web. Throughout my career, I have helped higher education faculty design, develop, and deliver countless distance education courses, in subjects ranging from traditional English courses to "construction flagging techniques" to graduate courses in sustainable energy solutions.


In my role as institute director, I am responsible for guiding our College’s strategic vision and planning for online learning. I work with faculty, administrators, stakeholders, and Institute staff to plan and implement online programs that are tailored to the needs of adult professionals worldwide. I serve on University committees focused on strategic planning, policies, and procedures related to the University’s distance learning initiatives and have been an active member of the University Faculty Senate since 2007. While serving as a University administrator, I still like to have a hands-on aspect to my work. I regularly work with University colleagues to create resources for faculty teaching online and shares my work as a frequent public speaker.

Recent Work

(For a complete listing of my publications, please refer to my Curriculum Vitae, linked above.)


  • Commission for Women Mentor, 2013 to present.
  • Taylor, A., Madernach, J., & Tobin, T. (August 2013). Evaluating Online Faculty. Academic Impressions Workshop, Phoenix, AZ.
  • World Campus Faculty Mentor, 2010-2011.
  • OL 2000: Effective Online Teaching, an online World Campus course designed to be a practical guide for instructors who are new to teaching online. Designed and developed the current OL 2000 course and serves as a periodic instructor. 2008-present.


  • May, J., Rocco, S., & Taylor, A. Technology familiarity and use by Penn State World Campus students. Study approved 2010, IRB #35210.
  • Taylor, A. & Sims, B. Hiring, integration, and evaluation practices for online instruction at Penn State. Study approved June 2009, IRB #30710.
  • Taylor, A. & McQuiggan, C. A survey of Penn State World Campus faculty to determine professional development needs for teaching online. Study approved September 2005, IRB #21519.



  • Taylor, A. A Tale of Two MOOCs. (2014, April 1). Poster session for the 2014 Coursera Partners Conference, London, England.
  • Boggess, L., McQuiggan, C., Taylor, A., Hicks, M., and Illar, T. (2014, March 24). Sharing a Repository of Tools to Promote Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning. Penn State TLT Symposium, University Park, PA.
  • Taylor, A. (2014, March 4). Flipping the Classroom with ANGEL. Webinar for Penn State ITS Training Services, University Park, PA.
  • Taylor, A. (2014, January 6). Flipping the Classroom with ANGEL. Webinar for Penn State ITS Training Services, University Park, PA.
  • Taylor, A. (October 2013). Hiring for Success: Solving Faculty and Staff Capacity Problems Roundtable. Quality Matters 2013, Nashville, TN.
  • Taylor, A. (October 2013). MOOCs: The Good, the Bad, and the Potential. Quality Matters 2013, Nashville, TN.
  • Taylor, A. (2013, April 18). Reverse Engineering the Online Classroom. McGraw-Hill Higher Education, Webinar.
  • Taylor, A. (2013, April 11). Flipping the Classroom. McGraw-Hill Higher Education, Workshop.
  • Taylor, A. (2013, March 27). MOOC Madness: What are we Learning from MOOC Mania? McGraw-Hill Higher Education, Webinar.
  • Taylor, A. (2013, March 14). Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)—What’s All the Hype About? Learning Solutions 2013, Orlando, FL.


  • Senator, Penn State University Faculty Senate, 2007-present
    • Senate Council Representative, 2013-present
    • Chair, Outreach Committee, Penn State University Faculty Senate, 2010-12
  • Member, Penn State General Education Planning and Oversight Task Force, 2013-present
  • Member, Penn State Ad Hoc University-wide Committee on Instructional Intellectual Property, 2011-12
  • Member, Penn State MOOC Strategic Planning Group, 2012-present
  • Member, Penn State Online Coordinating Council, 2011-present
    • Member, Penn State Online Faculty Engagement Sub-Committee, 2009-present
  • Member, Penn State e-Education Council, 2005-present
  • Member, Penn State Faculty Advisory Committee on Academic Computing, 2007-present
  • Member, Penn State Instructional Technology Planning Committee, 2012-13
  • Member, Penn State e-Learning Strategic Committee, 2009-2012
    • Member, Penn State Pedagogical Advisory Sub-Committee
  • Member, eLearning Magazine Editorial Board, 2013 to present
  • Reviewer, The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013-
  • On-air Host, WPSU-FM Pledge Drive, Penn State University, 2008-present
  • Secretary, Graysdale Homeowners’ Association, Patton Township, PA, 2006-present