Brett Bixler

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Brett Bixler (PhD, Instructional Systems) has over 25 years of experience in the instructional design field. He is the Lead Instructional Designer with Training Services, part of Information Technology Services (ITS) at Penn State.

In his current position Brett is working with the latest educational technologies and learning theories to produce learner-centered active and collaborative learning environments. Brett works with peers from across Penn State and other universities to discuss common issues and provide advice and guidance on a wide range of issues. He is responsible for a variety of other tasks, including: instructional design, project coordination and management, faculty and staff development, curriculum development, educational technology training and assistance, formative and summative evaluation of projects; and Web 2.0 expertise.

Brett is actively investigating the use of games, simulations, and virtual worlds for educational purposes. He created the Educational Gaming Commons (see to support collaboration and initiatives in these areas throughout Penn State.

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