Graduate students are invited to sign up for free technology workshops during Summer-Fest 2008, a weeklong training session conveniently offered during the break in the academic schedule, May 12-16. Popular topics include Using Clickers in the Classroom, EndNote, e-Portfolio, Videoconferencing for Instruction, Excel, SPSS, Office 2007, Penn State Thesis Template, Photoshop, Using Adobe Connect in the Classroom, and many more. Please visit the online catalog for a complete list of training sessions, and log in to register for training at http://its.psu.edu/training/ .
The John A. Dutton e-Education Institute in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences is seeking part-time graphics assistance. Beginning immediately, this creative individual would be responsible for creating, revising, and updating visual materials and graphic components for online courses in the College of EMS. Competence with Adobe Photoshop is required. Experience with related visual tools from the Adobe Creative Suite is a plus.
Education Technology Services has an opening for a half-time graduate assistant for the 2008-2009 academic year, beginning with the Fall 2008 semester. This graduate assistant will need to be able to work 20 hours per week between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, in our offices at 210 Rider Building (formerly Rider II). Telecommuting is not an option for this position.
If you or someone you know is interested in obtaining real-world technology consulting skills while obtaining academic credit, you may be interested in becoming a Teaching Learning Assistant.
This a program which pairs student consultants with faculty over a semester. Consultants not only get consulting experience, but get focused training in a wide spectrum Penn State teaching tools.
If you're interested in using the Adobe Connect video conferencing system, you may want to see the extensive help section at the Adobe Connect Hub
Request a Adobe Connect Room from your College
Adobe Connect can support virtual office hours, virtual lectures or sharing computer screens. It works on both Windows and Mac, and supports, text chat, audio and visuals and online Powerpoint presentations
Per the suggested timeline for TWT Completion, you should aim to have your TWT porfolios to your coordinators by April 1. I will be contacting coordinators in two weeks for status updates.
You are free to make alternate schedules as needed.
Good luck candidates.
If you're exploring new techniques such as podcasting, video and blogging, you might want to read some case studies at the 2008 TLT Symposium Conference site.
You'll see lots of different examples with detailed notes on what they did.
The ANGEL team has been looking at different ways to ease server load in finals week including temporarily deactivating a few processor intensive tools like course import and export.
If you teach a summer course, please prepare a plan to import/export content between before finals week. You will be able to edit/add new material in summer courses and students will be able to upload/download files in all courses throughout finals.
The Penn State Learning Design Hub is aimed for Penn State educational technologists but includes a number of useful resources such as the Web 2.0 glossary:
You can see more teaching tips on the left menu.
The Educational Gaming Commons (EGC) and Virtual Worlds Community Hub is a place where Penn State faculty, staff and students working with educational games and virtual worlds can communicate and collaborate. The EGC is an initiative coordinated by Education Technology Services at Penn State.