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Dr. Joshua Kirby

Dr. Joshua Kirby
Phone: 8148650472
Office Address:
303 Keller Building
University Park, PA 16802-1303
Campus: University Park
Mailing Address:
Penn State University
303 Keller Building
University Park, PA 16802


Assistant Professor of Education (Learning, Design, and Technology)
Program Coordinator of the Learning, Design, and Technology Online Programs


Learning and Performance Systems


Teaching and Learning Online
Learning, Design, and Technology
Learning, Design, and Technology: Educational Technology
Educational Technology


My primary role in the Learning and Performance Systems Department is as the Program Coordinator for Learning, Design, and Technology Online Programs, where I coordinate the efforts of my faculty and staff colleagues with the delivery support provided by Penn State World Campus. In addition to program administration duties I am deeply involved with program and course development, and I recruit, advise, and teach our students.

My scholarly interests include online program administration, educational systems design, the integration of technology into learning environments, the advisement of adolescents, and adolescent motivation to learn. I'm particularly keen on constructivist approaches to learning, especially in nonformal (volitional and structured) and informal (volitional and unstructured) learning environments.

Service to youth, community, and environment are important to me. In Central Pennsylvania I am a member of the training committee for the Juniata Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America. Additionally, at the national and international level, I served as the Chief of Staff for Program for the planning team of the 24th World Scout Jamboree that was hosted in West Virginia in July-August, 2019. The World Scout Jamboree hosted 45,000 Scouts and Scouters from 120 countries, and my team and I coordinated and synchronized the nearly 5,000 volunteers from around the world who committed to serve on the program staff for the event.

I am originally from Albion, New York, and I have lived and worked in educational program design and administration in Malvern, Pennsylvania, Columbus, Ohio, Casper, Wyoming, and now University Park, Pennsylvania.

Areas of Expertise

Individual Difference

Learning Processes


Instructional Methods and Design
Learning Assessment

Methodological Research

Qualitative Research


Computer Technology
Cyber Charter Schools
Instructional Design

Courses Taught

LDT 100 - World Technologies and Learning

LDT 401 - Gaming2Learn

LDT 415A - Systematic Instructional Development

LDT 440 - Educational Technology Integration

LDT 835 - Supervised Field Experience in Online Instruction

Office Hours

Student consultation is available in-person, online, and by telephone by appointment.

Education History

• Ph.D. Penn State University, 2010, Instructional Systems; • M.S. Penn State University, 2007, Educational Psychology; • B.S. SUNY College at Brockport, 2001, Communication Studies (Public Communication and Persuasion)

Activities and Honors

University Faculty Senator representing the College of Education, 2018-2022

University Excellence in Management Program, 2018

Global Career Development Facilitator - National Career Development Association

Certified Career Services Professional - National Career Development Association

Institute of Emerging Leaders in Online Learning (IELOL) - Online Learning Consortium

SUNY Chancellor's Award Recipient - SUNY College at Brockport

McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program Alumnus - SUNY College at Brockport