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Mary Ann MengelInstructional Multimedia Specialist
Center for Learning & Teaching

Manager of Web Services, Penn State Berks

e-mail: mum25@psu.edu 
Phone: 610.396.6136
Office: 142 Thun Library


M.S., Instructional Technology, Bloomsburg University
B.F.A., Communication Design, Kutztown University
Webmaster Certificate, Penn State University


Mengel serves Penn State Berks in two capacities--as an Instructional Multimedia Specialist in the Center for Learning & Teaching and as Manager of Web Services.

As Instructional Multimedia Specialist Mengel designs and develops online multimedia-based learning objects to enhance the college's academic courses. In collaboration with her colleagues in the Center for Learning & Teaching and faculty members who have received Teaching & Learning Innovation Grants, Mengel has developed numerous interactive learning modules to support a wide variety of both hybrid and web-enhanced courses. In this realm, she has done considerable work in the area of making Flash-based learning objects accessible. Mengel consults with Berks faculty regarding pedagogical and technical considerations related to the incorporation of multimedia-based instructional technologies. She manages the Berks Media Commons and supervises the student interns who work as support staff in the Media Commons. See portfolio »

As Manager of Web Services, Mengel oversees the campus' web-based communication. She chairs the Berks Web Advisory Committee and the Berks Web Accessibility Committees; and is responsible for training and oversight of campus Web authors in usage of the RedDot Content Management System, best practices in web design, and accessibility. She develops Web-based applications to support campus initiatives, such as the campus' Intranet, developed with Drupal. Mengel serves as the Web Accessibility Liaison for the Berks campus.


Mengel, M. (2012, October), An Interactive Digital Game of International Business: Design and Development. Presented at the World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2012. Montreal, QC: AACE.

Heckel, M., Mengel, M. & Moore, N. (2012, July). An Overview of Rapid E-Learning Development Tools. Presented at Penn State Network of Trainers Summer Event, University Park, PA.

Laurie, J., Mengel, M. (2012, May). Currency Exchange Rates: Designing an interactive instructional game. Presented at Gaming Forum, Penn State Hazleton.

Mengel, M. (2011, November). International Exchange: An International Business Trading Game. Presented at DevLearn '11 DemoFest, Las Vegas, NV.

Bludman, H., Brimo-Cox, S. M., Chlan, A., Coons, R. Dennis, B., Hager, W., Hales, S. E., Mengel, M. A., Mulvey, M. R., Ritzko, J., & Signorella, M. L. (2011, June). A team approach to a multicampus web design. Poster presented at the Web 2011 Conference, Penn State, University Park, PA.

Mengel, M. (2011, February and 2012, March). Multimedia: Enhancing instruction with imagery, sound and motion. Presented as part of the Berks Learning Technologies Certificate Program. Penn State Berks, Reading, PA.

Clark, T. and Mengel, M. (2010, May). Moving beyond the red pen: Techniques for providing feedback in a hybrid course. Presented at Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence Regional Colloquy - Pedagogy of Hybrid Learning: Making hybrid work for you and your students. Penn State Berks, Reading, PA.

Mengel, M. (2009, October). Teaching environmental science in Second Life. Presented at the World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2009. Vancouver, BC: AACE.

Mengel, M. 2009. Teaching environmental science in a virtual green home. Poster presentation, International Society for Technology in Education / Hewlett Packard - Earth Week Celebration, ISTE Island, Second Life.


Mengel, M. (2011) Constructing an Experience in a Virtual Green Home. In G. Vincenti and J. Braman, Multi-user virtual environments for the classroom: Practical approaches to teaching in virtual worlds. (pp. 285-301). IGI Global.

Mengel, M. (2010). Environmental Science in a Virtual Green Home. In K. M. Kapp and T. O'Driscoll, Learning in 3D: Adding a new dimension to enterprise learning and collaboration. (pp. 173-180). San Francisco: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

Campus Service

Mengel served as project manager for a committee that envisioned, designed and developed a Drupal-based intranet Web site for the Berks campus. She has served on the inter-campus Web Standards and Design Committee for over six years. She was instrumental in the university-wide redesign of the campus websites. She chairs the Berks Web Advisory Committee and the Berks Web Accessibility Committee.