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From Webinar to Webby: Translating Flat Content into an Award-Winning Interactive Online Course

#TIE4 Technology in Education Track

Room 101B


Beekeeping 101, launched to the public in July 2012, is a media-rich, engaging, non-credit, online course for new beekeepers offered by Penn State. Media experts from Penn State Public Media along with beekeeping experts from Penn State Extension and the Department of Entomology designed this course to serve as an experimental pilot project in an effort to better understand the requirements for the creation of effective, relevant and desirable online education. Instructional Designer Shawn Vashaw and Producer/Director Diane Espy will detail lessons learned converting what was formerly a dry, static, Powerpoint-based webinar into an educational experience named as a Webby Honoree in 2013.



Shawn Vashaw
Instructional Designer, Penn State Public Media

Shawn Vashaw is an award-winning instructional designer in the final stages of finishing his Ph.D. He has a background in film, video, and live theatrical production.

Diane Espy
Producer/Director and Project Manager, Penn State Public Media

Diane Espy is Penn State Public Media's lead connection into partnerships with Penn State Extension and the College of Agricultural Sciences. She has been focusing on developing and creating educational media for the past 15 years and is the producer, co-director and project manager for Beekeeping 101.

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