Penn Graduate School of Education’s VOLT Online Workshop Series

It is time to start teaching online by learning from the best in the world!

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Penn GSE's Virtual Online Teaching (VOLT) Online Workshop Series is designed for educational instructors teaching K-12 or higher level. The program helps teachers understand the various ways in which different technologies can be used for content delivery, learner support, differentiating instruction, formative and summative evaluation, and classroom engagement. This program prepares teachers with the digital competencies required to ensure they are able to meet the requirements of an increasingly technology enhanced classroom, even after the COVID-19 crises is past.
The program introduces teachers to adopting more student-centred approaches, and move away from the traditional teacher-centred approach, to empower learners and promote student agency.


  • Certification from Ivy League University – Penn GSE
  • New understanding of learner needs in a post-Covid world
  • A keen appreciation of learning theories and methods to help design learning environments
  • Grasp  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


Teachers teaching K-12 or higher 
  • Course Structure

    • Synchronous Online Learning: 10 hours
    • Asynchronous Learning (Reading, Reflections): 10 hours
    • Project Work: 10 hours
    These sessions will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning. Penn GSE uses the Learning Management system – CANVAS to successfully navigate the synchronous and asynchronous learning.

    Constant Feedback is taken from participants to ensure that their learning objectives are being met with. This feedback is relayed to the Facilitators to ensure that every participant has a significant takeaway from the sessions.

  • Module Details

    Module 1: Technology and Learning in Today’s world
    Discussing the virtual online tools available
    Creating a learner-centered classroom in a virtual world

    Module 2: Learning Theories
    Examining the various theories of learning
    Comparing classroom learning using different theories

    Module 3: Online / Blended Learning
    Reviewing and understanding the balance between synchronous and asynchronous learning in classrooms
    Understanding the synergy between synchronous and asynchronous elements to create powerful learning experiences

    Module 4: Project Based Learning
    Examining the key elements of Project Based Learning (PBL)
    Discussing the teachers and student’s role in the success of PBL
    Exploration of PBL will be done asynchronously as a project.

    Module 5: Rethinking Assessments
    Associating the right tools for the right assessments
    Understanding competency-based assessments

    At the conclusion of the program, participants will create an online or blended classroom portfolio, which includes a complete product (curriculum/unit plan), supporting technologies, and a rationale paper outlining the design considerations for the choices made in creating the learning environments. This portfolio along with reflection papers, and quiz scores would be used for the assessment of the participants.

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Dr. Betty Chandy
Director for Online Learning, Catalyst at University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (PennGSE)
Ph.D. in Education from Penn GSE

Betty Chandy is the Director for Online Learning at Catalyst @ Penn GSE. She runs the Virtual Online Teaching (VOLT) certificate program and the Experiences in Applied Computational Thinking (EXACT) program for educators. She started her career as a high school teacher and instructional coach. She then moved into research exploring the impact of professional development on teachers’ pedagogical practices. Her research interests include design of learning environments, online teaching and learning, the use of innovative technology within classrooms, and teacher development. She earned her doctorate from Penn GSE.

Dr. L. Michael Golden
Executive Director, Catalyst, UPenn GSE
Ed.D. from UPenn, MBA from Harvard

Michael is a proven education leader committed to education reform. He brings expertise in the convergence of business, technology, and education as an implementer with experience in established, emergent, and public sector environments. Most recently, Dr. Golden co-founded and served as CEO of Educurious, a non-profit corporation that provides project-based courses and professional development aimed at motivating students to become purposeful, self-confident, and successful in their learning.

Dr. Golden began his career in education as Deputy Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, where he set strategy, policy, programs, and legislation for over two million students. As Deputy Secretary, he developed systems and directed funding to make schools more effective and efficient, including formulating and implementing statewide education technology policies and initiatives. He envisioned and rolled out a groundbreaking $250 million reform to embed student-centered, inquiry-based, data-driven pedagogy in Pennsylvania's 622 high schools through connected classrooms and one-to-one computing environments. 


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