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Heidi Watson-Held

Heidi Watson-Held

Learning Design and Technology
Department of Curriculum & Instruction


Dr. Heidi Watson-Held is an Instructional Designer in the eLearning Design Innovation Group in the Smeal College of Business at The Pennsylvania State University. She completed a D.Ed. in Administration and Leadership – Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2012. She received my M.Ed. in Adult Education from Pennsylvania State University in 2004. Heidi enjoys teaching part time, designing courses, creating video shorts, and working on assessments.

Her research interests include things like:

  • benchmarking needs of adult students obtaining a Bachelor’s degree
  • student civic engagement
  • understanding the use and effect of prior learning assessment

Heidi has worked for the Pennsylvania State University for 15 years in program design, development, and delivery in a variety of capacities. When she is not working for Purdue or Penn State, she gardening, painting, taking care of family, or writing fiction.