Are you ready to learn more about technology that supports classroom, hybrid, and online learning?

On Jan. 5, the second annual Penn State Northeast Regional Faculty Development Day will be held at Worthington Scranton, which is a joint effort by Penn State Teaching and Learning (TLT) and Worthington Scranton Center for Instructional Design.

“I believe it is very important to keep faculty informed of the exciting things happening in classrooms around the University,” said Griff Lewis, instructional designer at Penn State Worthington. “We have so many good teachers working very hard to ensure their students have the very best courses possible, taking advantage of the technologies that are provided by Penn State.”

Several instructors from Penn State Worthington Scranton, along with Penn State TLT instructional designers and media consultants, will be presenting on tools and techniques that have worked well in their classes. All presentations will be held in the Hawk Lecture Hall Business Building, Room 201.

Penn State Worthington Scranton’s chancellor, Marwan Wafa, will kick off the event at 10 a.m., followed by a presentation at 10:15 a.m. about Penn State’s new learning management system, Canvas, on behalf of Fred Aebli and Marilee Mulvey, who are instructors in information sciences and technology. Mulvey is also the director of information technology at Penn State Worthington Scranton.

“Many have been asking about the transition to Canvas, and we figured this would be a good way to introduce the system to our faculty at large without going into a full scale training,” Lewis said.

The Canvas presentation will provide an overview of the LMS, along with discussion of experiences faculty have had with the current pilot of Canvas. Similarities between Canvas and all of the other LMS platforms will also be discussed, in addition to positive differences that Canvas brings to the table.

From 11:10 a.m. through noon, attendees will have the opportunity to learn community scenarios for teaching project management, a presentation by Frank Sorokach, an instructor in business administration. Afterward, attendees will have lunch in the cafeteria conference room.

After lunch from 1 to 3 p.m., various presentations will be held to further inform faculty about the various tools and technologies they can include in their classroom arsenal:

  • Campus Instructional Design Services by Jackie Ritzko, Penn State TLT instructional designer
  • Classroom Tools for Active Learning: Clickers in Small Classes by Raymond Petren, assistant professor of human development and family studies
  • New Tools and Technologies: Open Educational Resources at Penn State by Julie Lang, Penn State TLT instructional designer
  • Online Tools for Assignments: Student Projects with Sites at Penn State by Bradford Foley, instructor in business administration
  • Multimedia in the Classroom Perspectives, a panel discussion about multimedia presentations and assignments. The panel includes Renee Bishop-Pierce, associate professor of biology; David Byman, assistant professor of biology; Michael Evans, instructor in nursing and assistant chief academic officer; Gina Gray, senior instructor in kinesiology; James Hart, instructor in communication arts and sciences; Melissa LaBuda, assistant professor of human development and family studies; Laura Nathans, assistant professor of human development and family studies; and Carla Rapp, Penn State TLT traveling Media Commons media consultant for the eastern Penn State campuses.

After the presentations, there will be a Q & A portion, followed by wrap-up.

Interested attendees can register at Keep in mind that space is limited. Any questions can be directed to Griff Lewis at

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