Rick Shearer


Mr. Shearer has been involved in the field of distance education for over 20 years. In his various administrative and instructional design roles he has developed distance education courses for computer based instruction, educational television, traditional print correspondence courses, two-way interactive video, and web based courses. Mr. Shearer has worked for both private and public institutions of higher education and has consulted on distance education projects with community colleges, and public school systems. His research interests include systems dynamic modeling of distance education processes, learner control in distance education, interaction analysis, and current policy issues surrounding accreditation and copyright law. Mr. Shearer has published several articles in the field and presented at numerous conferences.

In addition to his work in distance education Mr. Shearer as been involved with institutional research initiatives within higher education and has helped design a number of studio classrooms and video teleconferencing facilities. He has also worked at the executive level for corporations.

Prior to joining Penn State Mr. Shearer was the Director of Research and Instructional Systems at National University.