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Presented by the Center for Learning & Teaching

About the Program

The Center for Learning & Teaching, in partnership with the Office of Academic Affairs, is pleased to present a series of five workshops which provide an overview of instructional tools, technologies and services available to faculty. Each workshop provides not only an overview of tools and technologies, but addresses related pedagogical concerns for implementation. The workshops are open to both new and existing faculty. Watch your e-mail for announcement of the time and date for each workshop.

Earn the BLT Certificate

Faculty who attend four out of five offered sessions in a given academic year are eligible to receive the Berks Learning Technologies Certificate as documentation of their commitment to pursuing excellence in instruction. After attending the series, faculty are requested to write a reflection about how they will implement what they've learned in the program.
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Upcoming Workshops

Engaging Students Beyond the Classroom
Monday October 6, 2014 @ 1 pm - 2pm in Thun 138

This introductory session discusses the modalities of web-enhanced, hybrid, and online courses, as well as how these new course formats are being implemented at Penn State Berks. We will examine the general benefits of each of these course modalities, cover current trends in higher education, and briefly explore hybrid course design & development at our college. (Presented by Amy Roche)

Organizing & Assessing Students for Success
Monday November 3, 2014 @ 1 pm - 2 pm in Thun 138

This session discusses how ANGEL (Learning Management System) and electronic grading options can be used to help students be more successful in navigating course resources and meeting course objectives. (Presented by Mary Ann Mengel)

Breaking Old Habits: A Technology Infusion for Educators
Monday December 1, 2014 @ 1 pm - 2 pm in  Thun 138

This session will focus on a variety of emerging tools, services, technologies, and best practices which can simplify teaching and classroom management, enhance the learning process for students, and revitalize the classroom with creative new approaches. (Presented by Mary Ann Mengel)

Multimedia: Enhancing Instruction with Imagery, Sound and Motion
Spring 2015, TBA

This session will focus on several simple tools for incorporating multimedia elements into instruction, assignments, and assessment. When used properly, multimedia elements such as audio, imagery, and motion have the potential to create an enhanced, interactive learning experience. Participants will learn how to enhance instruction with podcasting, screen captures, audio feedback, and video. Tools covered include Audacity, iTunesU, Jing, PSU Media Commons, Kaltura, NBC Learn, PSU Streaming Server, and Adobe Presenter. (Presented by Mary Ann Mengel)

Web 2.0 Tools: Connecting Ideas Within the Classroom and Beyond
Spring 2015, TBA

This session will define Web 2.0 tools and explore ways they can be incorporated into your course to provide increased engagement and communication. We will look at examples of tools provided by Penn State, as well as, tools that are frequently used and are easily available. Some of these tools include The Blogs at Penn State, Penn State WikiSpaces, Google Docs, Adobe Connect, VoiceThread, Twitter, and Facebook. (Presented by Amy Roche)