The inaugural Teaching and Learning with Technology Research Carnival will be held on June 19, 2019

The inaugural Teaching and Learning with Technology Research Carnival will be held on June 19, 2019

More than a decade ago, it was commonplace for an educator to ask students to read and memorize important course materials, and at the end of the semester, administer an exam to assess the retention of that knowledge. But how much did students actually remember after they left the classroom?

Penn State Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) collaborates with faculty to rethink the way courses are taught and explore how new technologies can be adapted to advance student learning.

Come for the fun games and prizes; stay for the informative discussions with faculty who have engaged in teaching and learning research. The Teaching and Learning with Technology Research Carnival will be held on June 19, 2019 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at The Dreamery, on the ground floor of the Shields Building.

This informal event will focus on answering questions from how to generate researchable questions to how innovative technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, and data science can impact students’ learning experiences.

Participating carnival partners include: The Institutional Review Board (IRB), Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, Liberal Arts Teaching Group, Center for Excellence in Science Education, TLT Emerging Technologies Group, TLT Data-Empowered Learning Team, TLT Faculty Programs Team, University Libraries, and the Office of Information Security.

Attendance is free to all Penn State faculty and staff. Register for the 2019 Research Carnival today!

Adobe Connect full retirement date moved to August 16, 2019

Adobe Connect full retirement date moved to August 16, 2019

As a result of content migration from Adobe Connect to Kaltura taking longer than expected, Adobe Connect will remain online and in a “read-only” state until August 16, 2019. This will allow faculty to view and download videos stored on Adobe Connect through the summer sessions. Existing videos may not be edited and no new content may be uploaded to Adobe Connect at this time.

In conjunction with Penn State moving its conferencing and media management services to Zoom and Kaltura, Adobe Connect was placed into a “read-only” state on December 17, 2018, and full retirement of the service was slated for May 17, 2019. The original timeline has been modified to ensure prior existing content is properly transferred to the new service.

Please email if you have any questions.

Learning Design Summer Camp set for July 23

Learning Design Summer Camp set for July 23

How learning happens at Penn State is constantly evolving. Those who contribute to the learning design process such as instructional designers, instructional production specialists, librarians, educational technologists, educational web and multimedia developers, and faculty will come together on the University Park campus this summer to discuss methods to effectively contribute to those evolutions.

Learning Design Summer Camp (LDSC) is an annual, informal gathering of Penn State’s learning design community, and it will be held this year on July 23 in Chambers Building. The event is hosted by Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) in partnership with Business eLearning Design and Innovation Group, Center for Teaching Excellence at Harrisburg Campus, College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) Office of Learning Design, Information Technology Learning and Development (ITLD), John A. Dutton e-Education Institute, Department of Statistics, University Libraries, and World Campus Learning Design.

The theme for this year’s LDSC is “Back to the Future: Looking back, moving forward.” Event organizers are seeking presenters, and the call for proposals will open on May 1. The call will close on May 24, and the opening of registration will follow on June 3.

“We’re really looking forward to stimulating conversations at [LDSC] this year focused on what our community has done, what’s currently being done, and what will be done in the future,” said LDSC chair and College of IST instructional designer Chris Gamrat. “The informal, community-based design of this camp is ideal for sharing information and ideas about innovative ways to reshape how learning takes place at our University.”

For more information, please visit the LDSC website.

MacAdmins at Penn State Celebrates 10th Anniversary

MacAdmins at Penn State Celebrates 10th Anniversary

In less than a decade, MacAdmins at Penn State has evolved from a one-day event solely for University employees to one of the most highly-regarded industry conferences in the world. From July 9-12, 2019 the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center will welcome hundreds of attendees from around the world to the 10th annual MacAdmins Conference at Penn State.

Registration for this year’s conference is open now, and early-bird discounts are available until May 14. Attendees get access to an all-day workshop of their choice, three days of conference sessions, and meals each day of MacAdmins. Evening events are scheduled throughout the conference and provide plenty of recreation and networking opportunities.

“MacAdmins is an event we look forward to each summer, and we’re excited to welcome everyone for the 10th annual conference this July,” said Michael Kubit, vice president for information technology and chief information officer at Penn State. “The true strength of MacAdmins is the large, diverse group that comes together to talk about and learn about how to solve human problems with technology.”

a view from the podium of a 2018 mac admins conference breakout sessionMacAdmins attendees will have access to over 60 breakout sessions covering topics like Mac deployment tools, system monitoring, mobile device management solutions for iOS devices, and programming for system administrators. Sessions will feature representatives from influential tech companies like Google, Facebook, SAP, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and more. Also, the conference’s opening day will feature seven workshops from which attendees can choose.

Mac and iOS systems administrators and managers will come to University Park from throughout North America and as far as Europe. Despite the vast distances that some travel to attend MacAdmins at Penn State, it has become a close-knit community that provides valuable professional development.

“My favorite thing about MacAdmins is just how friendly the community is,” said Gretchen Kuwahara, systems administrator with Teaching and Learning with Technology. “They’re all so willing to help each other out and share solutions with the whole community. It’s a really positive energy.”

For more information, please visit the MacAdmins at Penn State website.

TLT Symposium 2019 sparks one’s imagination for what is possible in higher education

TLT Symposium 2019 sparks one’s imagination for what is possible in higher education

On Saturday, March 16, more than 500 attendees packed into Presidents Hall at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center to kick off the 26th Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology at Penn State. One of the most innovative professional development events of the year at Penn State, no other conference promises to spark your imagination and stoke your curiosity for what is possible for the future of higher education.

In her opening remarks, Jennifer Sparrow, senior director of Teaching and Learning with Technology, touched on Penn State’s commitment to forward-thinking with initiatives such as President Barron’s vision for One Penn State 2025, a guiding framework for University-wide education innovation with a focus on student success and lifelong engagement. “I am proud that Penn State continues to be cutting-edge and Teaching and Learning with Technology collaborates with faculty to explore how innovative technology can transform education to advance student learning.”

Penn State leads the charge in reimagining student learning by tackling the burning discussions in higher education on topics such as immersive learning, connecting education to the workforce of the future, and promoting access and equity.

A large crowd of 500 people in a room listening to the keynote speaker's address

Keynote speaker Dan Heath addresses a crowd of more than 500 attendees at the 2019 TLT Symposium at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.

After the buffet breakfast, four-time New York Times bestselling author and a Senior Fellow at Duke University’s CASE Center, Dan Heath delivered the keynote address on how to make ideas stick. “Our memories are leaky, fallible, and they deteriorate,” says Heath. “For an idea to stick, it needs to be understood, remembered, and change something.”

Citing the research done by Dr. Michael Palmer, professor of chemistry and director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Virginia, Heath captivated the audience with his explanation of how Dr. Palmer used learner-centered, backward-integrated design principles to convince instructors to rethink how they create a syllabus to teach their courses. By starting with a goal of what is most important for students to take away from a course and working backward to create the activities and assessments, the core ideas have a chance of sticking long after students leave the classroom.

Heath co-authored four must-read business books, with his brother Chip, including Made to Stick, Switch, Decisive, and their latest, The Power of Moments.

Energized by the keynote speaker’s message, attendees dashed to the concurrent sessions—two before lunch and two afterwards. The most popular sessions covered topics including 3D printing, 360-degree videos, open educational resources, learning the art of storytelling, the future of digital fluency, and leveraging prototypes of artificial intelligence applications to support data empowered learning at Penn State.

The most anticipated aspect of the Symposium every year is the Open Innovation Challenge, where five faculty innovators have five minutes to present their idea in the hopes that it will ignite the attendees’ curiosity and earn their votes as the most impactful.

Professor of Astronomy Chris Palma envisioned technology that will help students embody solar system formations; Faith McDonald, professor of English, hoped to prepare students with digital stories to face workplace challenges; Dr. Matthew Woessner, professor of Political Science, wanted to create 360-degree videos to take students to distant places through virtual reality; Josephine Wee, assistant professor of food science, wanted students to reimagine classrooms without textbooks and embrace interactive content in real-time; and Rodney Allen Trice, professor of practice in the graphic design department of the Stuckeman School at Penn State, won the challenge with his idea “Walk a Mile,” a series of 360-degree videos and photos that create an immersive experience to invoke empathy. Penn State’s Stuckeman School also houses graduate and undergraduate degree programs in architecture and landscape architecture.

Over the course of the year, Trice’s idea will be explored and developed with the help of TLT staff. “Working on the Open Innovation Challenge is the highlight of my year,” explains Zach Lonsinger, learning experiences designer for Teaching and Learning with Technology. “I enjoy having the opportunity to meet and work with amazing faculty who have this contagious enthusiasm and passion for transforming teaching and learning with their big ideas.”

The conference ended with faculty networking over scoops of Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream while trying out some new technologies such as test driving a BEAM robot and stepping into virtual reality with headsets at the Discovery sessions.

The Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology brings together faculty, staff, and innovators to inspire new ideas for what is possible in the future of higher education. It takes one “sticky” idea to inspire innovation that changes the world. From Gutenberg’s printing press to Thomas Edison’s light bulb, curiosity fuels learning, and educators are charged with stoking it.

“It’s incredible how dedicated our faculty, staff, and students are to show up at 7:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning to share the innovative things that they are doing in the classrooms and to learn more about what is happening in the teaching and learning community at Penn State,” says Sara Davis, 2019 Symposium chair and Teaching and Learning with Technology instructional designer. “I want to thank everyone who attended the 2019 Symposium and mark your calendars, the 2020 TLT Symposium will be on Saturday, March 21, 2020. I hope to see everyone next year.”