Everyday, Training Services staff members are hard at work providing Penn Staters with high-quality professional development and training opportunities. But it’s not always obvious who’s working behind the scenes to make these opportunities a reality. To help put faces to names, we’re sitting down for a Q&A with the newest member of the Training Services team: Bruce Sundberg.
Q: What’s your job title?
A: Officially, I’m an instructional designer, but it’s more closely related to an eLearning developer role.
Q: What are your roles and responsibilities in the group?
A: As of now, my main responsibility is to build a successful eLearning strategy to help students, faculty, and staff learn and adopt new technology being rolled out at Penn State. Once the strategy has been finalized, we will transition into the template development phase where I will build scalable eLearning templates, hopefully enhancing the rapid development process.
Q: Where are you from?
A: Fairview Park, Ohio, which is a suburb on the west side of Cleveland.
Q: What were you doing before joining Training Services?
A: I took a little break from the working world for the past seven months and spent most of my time traveling. Prior to that, I was the first eLearning developer hired at Tableau Software in Seattle, Washington, where I was tasked with helping to design, develop, and implement an enterprise-level eLearning solution from the ground up. Prior to that, I bounced around the country, mainly focusing on instructional designer jobs.
Q: What are you most excited about doing in Training Services?
A: For me, it’s an exciting opportunity to partake in designing, developing, and implementing an engaging and interactive eLearning solution from the ground up. I also am looking forward to the creative freedom, from the visual design aspect to creatively solving online learning problems, all in hopes of providing a positive online learning experience to our learners.
Q: What are some of the goals of eLearning?
A: eLearning offers users a self-directed option for learning and adopting new technology in their business processes. In addition, we can also replicate the quality learning experience that our current classroom training sessions offer in a digital delivery mode. Overall, the goal is to make sure online learning is engaging, interactive, and immersive.
Q: Why do you think eLearning is a beneficial method of training?
A: eLearning means no boundaries as long as you have an Internet connection. With eLearning, we can standardize the training content so everyone receives the same quality learning experience. We can also quantify learning success with data, enabling us to find new opportunities to improve based on how learners are using the content.
Q: In your personal life, what’s something on your bucket list?
A: To visit every national park.