Alicia Swaggerty

Instructional Designer

Alicia has worked as an instructional designer since graduating with her master’s degree in Instructional Technology from Bloomsburg University in 1989 in the settings of government, corporate, and higher education. She has been the lead designer on a variety of projects, including the Army’s Apache AH-64 navigational equipment, automated library systems, and Penn State’s master of science in Adult Education. She is currently the lead designer for the bachelor of science in Nursing (RN to BS) and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs, as well as the Nursing Informatics, Management, and Forensics certificates.

She also combines her many years of instructional design experience with her matching number of years of coaching experience. Alicia played basketball at Bloomsburg University and went on to head coach at the high school level until she accepted her current position with Penn State World Campus in January 2000. She continues to coach at the middle and elementary school levels.

Since August 2003, Alicia has continued her Penn State position from a distance, living in Knoxville, Tennessee, with her husband and two daughters.

Her research interests encompass impacts on perception and motivation with mobile learning, virtual teamwork, social and emotional learning, and coaching. Based on these interests, she has presented at various regional, national, and international conferences, including UPCEA, NUTN, and the Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning.

In her free time, Alicia enjoys traveling, photography, sports, coaching, and being a golf mom with her daughter, Danica, and a tennis mom with her daughter, Samantha.

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