Center for Technology Enhanced Learning

Rucha Modak, PhD

Senior Learning Designer
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Office Location

214 Glickman Library, Portland Campus



Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Instructional Systems


Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30am–5:00pm; walk-ins welcome, appointment recommended

After graduating from Penn State with a doctorate in Instructional Systems (now Learning, Design and Technology) I joined the CTEL team as a learning designer in 2013. Since then I've worked with a cross section of full time and part time faculty across USM. I support a community of practice each semester made up of faculty who teach with technology, offer an instrument to gather mid-semester feedback from online and blended students, and teach 'Quick Start' to instructors who are taking their first steps into teaching online. I design every kind of course with a firm focus on the student experience. 

At Penn State I spent over 4 years designing online learning resources for a wide variety of k-12 subjects, in collaboration with different stakeholders such as units within the university, local school districts and teachers as well as outside entities such as the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Then, I moved on to assessing the implementation of digital tools used in the university’s classrooms, such as videogames, lecture capture and digital storytelling. Simultaneously, I conducted research in informal learning, especially social learning, and remain extremely interested in the ways that communities support their members’ learning and practice.