TLT seeks proposals for Faculty Fellows

TLT seeks proposals for Faculty Fellows

Each academic year, Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) welcomes a new cohort of Faculty Fellows who work on projects that explore ways technology can help overcome pedagogical obstacles and maximize opportunities for student success. Since 2009, 38 diverse Faculty Fellows have worked with TLT to help transform education and drive digital innovation at Penn State.

The call for 2019-20 TLT Faculty Fellows is now open. TLT is inviting faculty to submit proposals focusing on this year’s theme of “Learning Spaces.” All Penn State faculty, from any discipline, are encouraged to share their innovative idea by submitting a proposal for exploring, enhancing, or engaging students in the many spaces where they learn. Learning spaces can include physical, digital, virtual, blended, and data-informed places where students interact with course material.

Faculty who submit successful proposals will work collaboratively with TLT staff to combine ideas, innovative spirit, and academic expertise to apply emerging technologies to teaching and learning. The deadline for proposals is April 19, 2019.

To request more information or to submit a proposal, please email tltfellows@psu.edu.

New Faculty Learning Communities are forming

New Faculty Learning Communities are forming

Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) will continue to support Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) at Penn State for the 2019-20 academic year. This program allows tenure and teaching faculty to explore topics like learning spaces, scholarship of teaching and learning, data science, and more in peer-led groups.

Leaders are needed for the upcoming year and applications are now being accepted until April 12, 2019. Faculty whose proposals are selected will receive a $500 stipend and up to an additional $500 to fund supporting activities such as lunches, guest speakers, and tech tools. Proposals selected for funding will be announced the week of May 3, 2019.

Applications can be submitted on any topic related to teaching, learning, and technology. Communities that form around these topics will be cross-college, cross-campus, and cross-discipline. Leadership for the FLCs will come from a full-time faculty member along with support from TLT.

Stephanie Edel-Malizia will host virtual open office hours on March 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., April 1 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and April 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Stephanie can be contacted at sae12@psu.edu for more information on these sessions, or on applications for 2019-20 FLCs.

The 2019 Teaching and Learning with Technology Impact Award call for nominations is open now through Friday, Oct. 19. This award is given in recognition of excellence in teaching and learning at Penn State. The Impact Award celebrates cross-disciplinary projects, courses, or collaborations that have positively enhanced teaching, learning, or the use of learning spaces at Penn State and beyond.

Penn State tenure-line faculty or non-tenure-line teaching faculty are eligible for nomination. Nominations can be submitted by Penn State faculty, staff, and students. Self-nominations are welcome.

The award recipient will receive a commemorative medal and an award of $3,000. They will also be invited to serve as an ambassador of TLT and will receive support to extend the impact of their work.

To learn more about the award and submit a nomination, visit https://sites.psu.edu/impactaward/.

Enhance your digital photography skills with free workshops in September

Enhance your digital photography skills with free workshops in September

Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) and Adobe invite students and faculty to participate in an exciting exploration of photography and image editing techniques hosted by Adobe’s Principal Evangelist for Digital Imaging, Julieanne Kost. Kost will be teaching workshop sessions on September 19 and 20 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at Hintz Family Alumni Center.

“This event is a great educational opportunity for students and faculty across all disciplines—whether they take photos with their cell phone or a DSLR camera,” said Kyle Bowen, director of innovation at TLT “Through their improved skills and techniques, the participants will be able to tell visual stories that showcase their creativity and expertise.”

Online registration for the event is currently open, and there is no cost for Penn State students and faculty to attend. Pre-registration is required. There will be a variety of sessions covering different topics, and attendees can register for the entire two-day event or solely the sessions that fit their schedule.

Participants will need to bring a smartphone with a built-in camera, or a digital camera. For the photo editing sessions, a laptop with Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop will be necessary. Penn State students and faculty have free access to a fully-featured Adobe Creative Cloud account. Representatives from TLT will be at the HUB on Wednesday, September 12 to assist any students or faculty members set up their free Adobe Creative Cloud accounts.

Instruction at the workshop sessions will be provided by Kost, an expert in digital photography and editing with Creative Cloud tools. She has presented at training sessions and tutorials around the world. She has won awards from the Professional Photographers of America, the American Society of Photographers, and is a member of the Photoshop Hall of Fame.