Penelope Semrau, Ph.D.

Portrait photo of Dr. Penelope Semrau
Charter College of Education
Division of Advanced and Applied Studies in Education


A native of Wisconsin, I began my career as an art teacher in the Wisconsin Public Schools. During the summers I would paint murals of which one garnered notoreity in Time Magazine. Building upon my art education background, I studied computer graphics/animation and instructional technology at the Ohio State University where I received my Ph.D. While in Ohio I also worked in instructional technology in different companies. I am now an Emerita Professor at California State University who taught instructional technology primarily for the Master's program and in the Ed.D. program for Educational Leadership.


I have enjoyed all the classes and students that I have taught. The students at CSLA are great. Over the years I have taught numerous courses including these selected ones:

EDIT 550: Multimedia Design and Production
EDIT 4804: IT Authoring Tools
EDIT 554: Video Technology in Education
EDIT 540: Instructional Graphic Design and Production
EDIT 5100: Assistive Technology
EDAD 6920: The Role of Social Media and Social Justice

My courses are taught entirely or partially online.

In the fall of 1999, I taught an online course to students in Berlin, Germany. In the summer of 1998 I taught a seminar at the FrauenTechnikZentrum in Hamburg, Germany. The seminar was on the topic of "Creating Online Courses."

In the fall of 2003 I was awarded the Outstanding Professor award, CSULA.



My professional background includes authorship of books, journal articles, regional, state, national, and international presentations, and grants and contracts focused on technology and education.

I was the principal author for an Allyn & Bacon textbook, Using Interactive Video in Education (1994), which I co-authored with Dr. Boyer.

I was the director and principal investigator for several federal contract funded by the National Security Agency (NSA).

Representative Professional Activities



2003 Semrau, P., & Boyer, B. A. Venturing into scorm with a government project. Proceedings from the 19th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning, 4 pages. [Online and on CD-ROM]. Available:
2002 Semrau, P., & Boyer, B. New roles for teaching and learning: A collaborative university project for the government. World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2002(1), 1784-1785. [Online]. Available:
May 17, 2003 Refereed Presentation. So we�re teaching constructivism�but where did it come from?, Computer-Using Educators (CUE), Anaheim, CA. Co-presenter: Dr. B. A. Boyer.
Aug. 6-8, 2001 Refereed paper. Constructivist values for web-based instruction: University and nsa collaboration, presented at ICALT 2001 (IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies), University of Wisconsin-Madison. Co-Presenter: Dr. Boyer.
July 20, 2004 Syllabus Conference, San Francisco. A Collaborative University Team Develops a Web-Based Course for the Government. Co-Presenter: Dr. Boyer.



B.S.E. Art Education
University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

M.S. Art Education
Illinois State University

Ph.D. Art Education
Ohio State University