Faculty member, students present at Symposium

A Pennsylvania College of Technology chemistry faculty member and two students were invited speakers recently at the Penn State Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology.

Kelly B. Butzler, associate professor of chemistry; Meghan C. Cunningham, a sophomore in individual studies from Williamsport; and Brian M. McKeon Jr., a freshman in general studies from Trout Run, co-presented a session titled “Flipping the Classroom: Is it Worth the Hype?”

A “flipped classroom” is a blended learning approach to a standard classroom. The presentation offered perspectives on teaching and learning in a variety of courses, how students and teachers perceive a flipped classroom, and how the flexible approach affects students’ learning outcomes.

Presenting with the Penn College trio were Penn State?University faculty members Susan W. Stewart, assistant professor and research associate, aerospace engineering, and Stephanie B. Velegol, instructor, civil and environmental engineering.

The Penn State Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology is an annual event and a year-round online discussion of ways that faculty are using technology to enhance teaching, learning and research.

Butzler, who writes a regular blog titled “Kelly’s 24-Hour Classroom” for Penn College faculty, is pursuing a doctoral degree in education, specializing in e-learning. She has taught at Penn College for nearly 15 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Gettysburg College, as well as a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in organic chemistry from North Carolina State University.