||Charter College of Education
Division of Applied & Advanced Studies in Education
Penelope Semrau, Ph.D.
Office: King Hall A3035
I have been working in instructional technology since my doctoral program at Ohio State University. After finishing my Ph.D., I started teaching at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) in the Instructional Technology program. "Instructional Technology" means using technology for to teach or train. Some instructional technology applications include Second Life, webpages, learning management systems (LMS) like WebCT classes, and digital videos like training tutorials on YouTube. Anytime that technology is used to deliver training or teaching, this is a use of instructional technology. Students who complete their M.A.degrees in the Instructional Technology option have many career opportunities in schools, government, as well as in the private sector. They create educational software for their classrooms, design websites, produce video tutorials, train corporate employees on the use of technology, and coordinate technology in their school districts.
At CSULA, I currently teach these courses:
EDIT 550: Multimedia Design and Production,
In my classes, I encourage collaborative, constructivist learning and communities of practice with blogs, threaded discussions, team work, and the 3D virtual environment called Second Life. My courses are either partially online called a hybrid course or fully online.
In the fall of 1999, I taught a 100% online course to students in Berlin, Germany. In the summer of 1998 I taught a seminar at the FrauenTechnikZentrum in Hamburg, Germany. The seminar was on the topic of "Creating Online Courses."
In the fall of 2003 I was awarded the Outstanding Professor award, CSULA.
My current research interest is the design and application of collaborative social technologies such as blogs, wikis, Second Life for educational purposes in my classes. My professional background includes authorship of books, journal articles, regional, state, national, and international presentations, and grants and contracts focused on technology and education.
I am the principal author for an Allyn & Bacon textbook, Using Interactive Video in Education (1994), which I co-authored with Dr. Boyer. I am the director and principal investigator for a federal contract funded by the National Security Agency (NSA).
Representative Professional Activities
B.S.E. Art Education
M.S. Art Education
Ph.D. Art Education