The TLT Newswire describes new features added to the Blogs at Penn State tool including
* The ability to create a portfolio space WITHOUT a blog tab
* E-mail subscriptions to comments on an entry
* Enhanced searching across Penn State blogs
A really hot technology in the past few years has been podcasting and video, and there lots of opportunities to learn both at Lynda.Com and through the Penn State Media Commons.
And Lynda.com features these titles
* Podcast + Videocast Essential Training (Mac/Win)
* Podcasting with GarageBand 3 (Mac)
* GarageBand 09 (Mac)
We will be upgrading several servers within ITS this Sunday, November 14 starting @ 7:00am. Tech support anticipates at an outage of between 30-60 minutes for most services, but the delay could potentially last until 11 AM. The upgrade will enhance stability for several services housed within the Teaching and Learning with Technology unit within ITS.
Today, Monday, Nov 8 is the designated deadline to submit a TWT portfolio to your department/college coordinators if you are an instructor graduating from Penn State.
If you intend submit a portfolio today or later this week, please contact your coordinator immediately. If you intend to submit a portfolio later in the semester, please also confirm with your coordinator.
For non-graduate instructors, if you intend to submit a portfolio by Jan 8, 2011, please be sure to register yourself via the HRDC system in the "Teaching with Technology Certificate" option at
You may know that lynda.com has lots of tutorials on Adobe products like Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash and more, but lynda.com also has good visual design tutorials which can help you use these products even better.
Some titles to start with include:
* Graphic Secrets for Business Professional - it explains a lot of basic terminology
* Creating an Online Resume: Hands-On Training - basic design for Web documents
* Working with Color
* Typographic Principles
If you want to learn more about photography
* Digital Photography Principals
If you are working with multimedia (images, video, sound) and are wondering how to do it legally, you may want to consult these resources
http://legalmedia.psu.edu/sources.html (New from the Provost's Office)
http://mediacommons.psu.edu/freemedia (Media Commons)
http://tlt.its.psu.edu/dmd/teachact/ (Media for Classroom Use)
At the recent Libraries Open House, one of the more popular handouts at the ITS table was how to set up the iPhone to connect to the Penn State network and e-mail. So I thought I would share some resources here:
* iPhone and Wireless 2.0 - http://kb.its.psu.edu/node/1310
* iPhone and VPN/Wireless - http://kb.its.psu.edu/node/1309
* iPhone and Accessing PSU E-Mail - http://kb.its.psu.edu/node/683
Requires activation of IMAP (http://aset.its.psu.edu/accounts/imap.html)
A seldom-advertised service instructors may be interested in are the iStudy modules. These are learning modules for students focusing on sstudy skills such as note taking, time management, text anxiety, brainstorming, oral presentations, team/cooperative learning and even resume writing.
Modules can be imported into any ANGEL course or group and assigned as needed. For more information, see http://istudy.psu.edu/
From ITS Training
ITS Training Services has been made aware of a problem with the lynda.com tutorials. The tutorials fail to run on Windows 7 with Internet Explorer 8. Though lynda.com is working to resolve this issue, a timeframe for resolution has not been determined. In the meantime, it is recommended that Windows 7 users run the tutorials on Firefox 3.0 or above, or Safari 2.0 or above. If you have questions about this process, please contact email@example.com.
Faculty and staff are invited to attend a free Media Commons Tailgate event Saturday, November 13 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Foster Auditorium at Pattee Library, University Park. There will be a pre-conference workshop on Friday, November 12, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.