Teaching and Learning with Technology’s Engaging Students Series (ESS) focuses on course revisions to synchronous and asynchronous online learning environments intended to help keep students focused and participating. ESS was launched to support Penn State instructors as they prepared to teach their summer 2020 courses online and to provide them with best practices for online instruction.

The first four weeks of ESS offerings attracted over 300 attendees who took in presentations and participated in work sessions hosted by faculty, instructional designers, and other university experts. Those sessions provided critical guidelines for creating meaningful experiences for all aspects of virtual courses. 

Due to ESS’s initial popularity and the continuing need for the delivery of engaging online content, the series is being extended through the summer. These sessions will continue to introduce synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning considerations, promote the alignment of technology tools with learning outcomes, and allow for revisions with support from consultants and colleagues. Bring your syllabus, exams, assignment sheets, and lesson plans for these sessions. 

Additionally, the free and open access ESS Pressbook is available online. It is the home for resources and content from past ESS sessions.

Upcoming ESS presentations:

Creating, Finding, and Assessing Instructional Video to Engage Students
Instructional video allows for visually explaining information, assists in bringing contextually relevant examples to class, and, if instructor-created, can allow for an increase in instructor presence in a variety of course modalities. Instructional videos can be a great choice if you are also looking for a variety of learning methods in order to maintain engagement of students in the asynchronous portion of a course or as an anchor for discussion as part of a synchronous portion of a course. Attendees of this workshop will first explore when it is appropriate to incorporate instructional video as the right modality for learning. The session will also include what video tools are available at Penn State and how to create targeted instructional videos that can be used to engage your students.
Tues., Oct. 13 from 10:00 a.m.-Noon
Wed., Oct. 14 from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

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Register for the Oct. 13 session using this form and register for the Oct. 14 session using this form. Timely updates and follow-up materials will be sent to registrants. Attend one or all of the topics that interest you.

Finding What You Need: Engaging Students Using Online Resources
As instructors, it doesn’t matter if we’re teaching face-to-face, remotely, or in a blended classroom; we want to get educational materials into the hands of our students. Whether we are sharing handouts, videos, or online resources, we want those materials to be high-quality and appropriate to our subject-matter needs. This workshop will focus on locating, evaluating, and utilizing online resources for all subject areas. We will discuss Penn State resources that are available to faculty, as well as examine popular and highly-regarded online resources from outside of Penn State. In addition, we will examine a quick method for evaluating online resources and matching them to our educational needs.
Thurs., Oct. 22 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Join with this Zoom link.

Register for the Oct. 22 session using this form. Timely updates and follow-up materials will be sent to registrants. Attend one or all of the topics that interest you.