This is a reminder that we are conducting a survey to assess the needs of instructors interested in, participating in or have completed the TWT Certificate program.
As a thank you for your participation and completion of the survey you will have the opportunity to be entered in a drawing for one of ten $10 iTunes gift cards.
For finals week, the ANGEL team has announced that all tools will remain available including course import and export tools. However, some non-essential tools may deactivated if the service degrades due to heavy usage.
The ANGEL team also recommends having contingency plans in case access to ANGEL is affected by heavy traffic volume. Contingency plans could include alternative communication tools and multiple channels to submit assignments.
Information and links to alternative communication services is available at
Faculty, instructors, and graduate students are invited to sign up for free workshops during two Summer-Fest sessions developed to target technology as it relates to pedagogy and research.
Sessions are scheduled to take place during the week between spring and summer semesters (May 9-13) as well as the week before the start of fall semester (August 15-19) and will highlight some of the ways instructors at Penn State are using technology to enhance classes and put innovative teaching ideas into practice.
To prepare Penn State for the next version of Adobe Connect, which is slated for implementation in May 2011, Sr. Solutions Engineer at Adobe Systems, Tim Plumer, will be offering a Town Hall session discussing the new tools and features. This session will be offered live at University Park and online through Adobe Connect. After the session, a recording will be available at http://its.psu.edu/training/learnonline/.
Title: Adobe Connect 8 introduction and best practices
Date: April 27, 2011
Time: 8:30-9:50 a.m.
Location: 102 Chemistry
We want to pass on our congratulations to TWT Certificate recipients David Agler (Philosophy), Rachel Mennies (English) and Jason L. Weigle (Rural Sociology).
It's clear that these instructors earned their award for work far beyond creating a TWT portfolio, but we hope the activities behind creating the portfolio contributed a piece of the puzzle to their efforts. Congratulations to them and all the winners.
The following certificate recipients were also Martin Award winners from previous years:
If you are an instructor who will be graduating from the Graduate School this semester, portfolios should be submitted to your TWT Coordinator by March 28 (or closely thereafter) so that it reviewed in time to complete your certificate paperwork.
All other instructors can submit closer to the suggested deadline of May 21.
Please inform your coordinators if you intend to submit a certificate so that reviews can be scheduled.
A service that can be helpful for instructors incorporating technology into the classroom is Training on Demand from ITS Training. In this service, instructors can request a trainer to come to a classroom to provide training to students in different technologies.
Note that there is a fee associated with the service.
For more informaiton, see
Penn State is now piloting a subscription to the archives of NBC Learn (http://nbclearn.psu.edu/).
NBC Learn is a video archive containing thousands of videos from all the decades of NBC broadcasts from the late 1930s through today. The archive contains archival news footage from newsreels, NBC News, the Today show, NBC Sports as well as collections of original educational shorts in topics such as the science of football and early colonial history.
The names of those who have been awarded a certificate in Fall 2010 have been posted on the "Complete Portfolio" page. Congratulations to all the instructors who completed their portfolios.
If you will be here over Spring Break and want to catch up with some training, sign up at