Craig Weidemann, Penn State Vice President for Outreach and Vice Provost for Online Education, announced at the end of July that he will be transitioning into a new role as the special assistant for innovation and education technology initiatives to Executive Vice President and Provost Nick Jones effective December 31, 2016. Penn State’s EdTech Network will remain a central focus for Weidemann as he continues to build upon his expertise of strategic planning, fundraising, and promoting the University’s educational technology initiative.
“Since arriving in 2003, I’ve had the privilege to work at a great University with many talented individuals doing outstanding transformative work,” said Weidemann. “I am looking forward to focusing my work on advancing the EdTech sector in State College and across the Commonwealth to improve student learning, spur economic growth, and stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship.”
The Penn State EdTech Network, a vertical of Invent Penn State, is focused on creating connections between tech companies, entrepreneurs, and Penn State faculty, staff, and students. Over the next year, there are four main objectives that the EdTech Network is looking to accomplish:
- advance Penn State’s teaching and learning capabilities and improve the competitive position of Penn State World Campus
- increase EdTech leadership through research, publishing opportunities, and patents
- support and advance student, faculty, and staff entrepreneurship and experience in EdTech through funding and support resources
- drive economic development in Pennsylvania through educational technology
“Over the past year, the EdTech Network has achieved initial success with its first co-location company, InsideTrack, formed key strategic partnerships with companies such as DreamIt, and launched strategic initiatives designed to generate value for EdTech Network members,” said Daren Coudriet, EdTech Network Entrepreneur in Residence. “We are extremely excited to have Craig’s continued leadership and entrepreneurial spirit, which are critical to this initiative.”
Become a member of the EdTech Network today and learn more about how you can be involved.