The Dreamery Sessions

A TLT podcast

These are the stories of how innovation happens at Penn State

At Penn State, “Driving Digital Innovation” and “Transforming Education” are two crucial elements of the Strategic Plan that is moving our University forward. Every day there are students and faculty who deliver on those themes through their coursework, research, and more. “The Dreamery Sessions” is here to bring you their stories and show how our community supports innovative, creative ideas that possess the power to revamp higher education in positive ways.

Episodes of “The Dreamery Sessions” are co-hosted by Ray Schmitt – public relations specialist at TLT – and Zach Lonsinger – learning experiences designer at TLT. A pair of Penn State graduates themselves, Ray and Zach are excited to bring you conversations with inspiring Penn Staters.

“Dreamery Sessions” episodes will publish bi-weekly beginning on August 26, 2019. The first season will feature seven episodes and conclude on November 18. The show’s second season will launch in January of 2020. Listeners can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. If you have feedback or suggestions for future guests, you can mention them in a review, or reach out to the guys on Twitter; Ray is at @radio_ray and Zach is at @ZachLonsinger.

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Get to know co-hosts Ray Schmitt and Zach Lonsinger, and hear about what the first season of the Dreamery Sessions has in store.

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Co-hosts Ray Schmitt and Zach Lonsinger talk with TLT leadership about the themes of digital fluency, innovation, creativity, and emerging technology. 

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SOC 119 is one of Penn State’s most popular courses with over 700 registered students each semester. Did you know, thanks to modern streaming technology and a dedicated student production team, it also has a worldwide audience? Tune in to hear about the inspiration for streaming every class live online, what it takes to pull it off, and more.

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Did you know that every Penn State student has free access to 3D printing technology? Hear our conversation with maker-in-residence, and Penn State student, Walter Bain who helps make it possible.

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Thingiverse; Maker Commons; 3D printing at Penn State 

Disclaimer: 3D printing copyrighted material at Penn State’s Maker Commons is not allowed.

At the start of this academic year, ASI 110 opened as a re-designed learning space that would allow for experimentation, collaboration, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Daniel Foster, an agriculture education instructor who has been with Penn State since 2009, jumped at the chance to teach in the new space. Tune in to find out why.

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Robert’s Rules of Order; Bloom’s Taxonomy; John Dewey; Hayes Carll; Corb Lund; Global Teach Ag Initiative; Daniel Foster Twitter

What did it take for Penn State Greater Allegheny to provide free iPad access and use to all of its students and faculty? How has that technology impacted teaching and learning there? That’s what this episode of the “Dreamery Sessions” strives to find out.

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Penn State Greater Allegheny; Adobe Creative Cloud at Penn State; Træna municipality in Norway; iNaturalist; MC Escher; Tessellation

How do you stand out among over 40,000 students at Penn State’s University Park campus or among the nearly 100,000 combined Penn State students when you add the Commonwealth Campuses and World Campus? Let us introduce you to Carly Siegel and Khaled Khalil, two undergraduates at University Park who are taking advantage of available resources to make an impact on their education and their peers’ education.

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Penn State’s active and experimental learning spaces

Lion Launchpad SLO

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Over the course of a few years, Moral Moments has grown from an idea to a course that is impacting faculty and students throughout the Penn State community. How did it happen? Former Penn State Laureate and assistant professor in the School of Theatre, Susan Russell and TLT faculty programs manager Crystal Ramsay help break it down.

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The Moral Moments project

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