Brett Bixler

Brett Bixler (PhD, Instructional Systems) is an Instructional Designer in the e-Learning Design Innovation Group (eLDIG), part of Penn State’s Smeal College of Business at Penn State. Brett believes that engaging, motivating activities are at the heart of stellar learning experiences.

Brett began working for Penn State in 1984 at the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy, designing courseware for low-literate adults. He then moved to the Jack P. Royer Center for Learning and Academic Technologies, a faculty support unit. In the early 2000’s he transitioned to Education Technology Services where he founded the Educational Gaming Commons. He then went to IT Learning and Development in 2011.

In his current position Brett works with the latest education technologies and learning theories to design engaging courses. Brett is actively investigating the use of badging, educational games and gamification for educational purposes, and works with various committees throughout the university to provide teaching and learning opportunities to Penn State students, faculty, and staff.