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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. Each workshop incorporates associated instructional strategies and pedagogical considerations for implementation. The workshops are open to both new and existing faculty, as well as interested staff. Watch your e-mail for announcements.

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.
Read faculty reflections »

Fall Workshops

Engaging Students Beyond the Classroom
Friday, October 9, 2015, 1 pm - 2 pm, Thun 137

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. 

Explore the Canvas Learning Management System
Monday, November 16, 2015, 1 pm - 2 pm, Thun  137

Come to this session to see what the Canvas learning management system (LMS) offers. You will see the demonstration of useful features for your course such as the easy navigation, Calendar, Notifications, Speed Grader, Gradebook, and others. You will also have the opportunity to learn how to set up a free account to explore on your own during and after the session. (Presented by Dr. Daonian Liu)

Breaking Old Habits: A Technology Infusion for Educators
Friday, December 11, 2015, 1 pm - 2 pm, Thun 137

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

Spring Workshops

Designing Instructional Resources using Imagery, Sound and Motion
Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, 1 pm - 2 pm, Thun 137

Multimedia has emerged as an effective tool for presenting educational content in web-enhanced, hybrid/blended and online courses. Well-designed multimedia-based instructional resources can contribute to an engaging, interactive, personalized learning experience. We will review tools and pedagogical strategies for creating several styles of instruction that combine elements of audio, video, imagery, text, and animation. (Presented by Mary Ann Mengel) Register for Feb 26 workshop.

Web 2.0 Tools: Connecting Ideas Within the Classroom and Beyond
Friday, April 1, 2016, 1 pm - 2 pm, Thun 137

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 Sites at Penn State, Penn State WikiSpaces, Box, Adobe Connect, VoiceThread, Twitter, and Yammer.  Register for April 1 workshop.