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Teaching with Technology Virtual Workshops on Tap for Penn State Faculty
Pennsylvania Ag Connection - 01/23/2023

The Teaching with Technology workshops return this spring to assist faculty in developing courses that incorporate multiple modes of delivery and course revisions intended to keeping students focused and participating in class.

The series, offered by Teaching and Learning with Technology introduces technological advancements for the classroom, promotes the alignment of these tools with learning outcomes, and emphasizes Penn State faculty peer examples to provide context and understanding.

The following is a description of the sessions and registration links. Participants can select which date they want to attend when sessions are offered on multiple dates.

January

“Using Technology to Promote Academic Integrity,” 1:30 to 3 p.m., Jan. 23 and 24 -- Academic integrity is a complex issue in higher education and one that faculty across disciplines struggle to address. Participants will learn about tools they can use to prevent academic integrity issues as well as a range of assessment types (exams/quizzes, papers, project-based assignments, etc.). Register via the Using Technology to Promote Academic Integrity Registration form.

“Integrating Top Hat into Courses,” offered 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Jan. 30 and 31 -- The Top Hat and Canvas integration allows faculty to seamlessly sync grading and class roster information between the two platforms. In this session, attendees will identify the relationship between Canvas and Top Hat and learn how to prepare and execute syncing the two platforms. Register via the Integrating Top Hat into Courses Registration form.

February

“Best Practices to Incorporate Top Hat into Courses,” offered 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Feb. 6 and 7 -- This session will focus on the innovative ways faculty utilize key Top Hat features, such as questions and discussions, content pages, gradebook, quizzes and tests, and Presentation Mode to increase student engagement and learning. Register via the Incorporating Top Hat into Courses Registration form.

“Learning Tool Exploration: Student Engagement,” offered 1 to 2 p.m., Feb. 20 -- Participants will preview different learning tools to increase student engagement while connecting with TLT representatives who can assist with implementation.?Examples of tools are Top Hat, Zoom Engagement, Kaltura, H5P, 360 video, real-time collaboration web-based platforms (Padlet, Miro, Lucidchart), and Adobe. Register via the Learning Tool Exploration: Student Engagement Registration form.

“Strengthening Students’ Intercultural Skills through EDGE Collaborative Projects and Global Multimedia Experiences,” offered 1 to 2:30 p.m., Feb. 15 and 16 -- This session will focus on two approaches to advance students’ intercultural competence without travel:

- Penn State’s EDGE (Experiential Digital Global Engagement) is a project-based international virtual exchange. EDGE projects are embedded into existing courses where students team remotely to solve a problem using innovative instructional technology (Flip, VoiceThread, Jamboard, Padlet, etc.). This session will help participants understand what EDGE is, its benefits, and how to create an EDGE collaborative project. They will also learn the process for connecting with an international partner and observe several sample student EDGE projects for inspiration.

- Multimedia focusing on global experiences can be used alone or with EDGE. Methods include utilizing livestreams by providing first-hand global context, existing 360° videos showing spatial perspective of other cultures, and Google Arts and Culture. Participants will get first-hand experiences with the approaches, a brief explanation of how to get started, and the next steps to implement EDGE.

Register via the Strengthening Students’ Intercultural Skills through EDGE Collaborative Projects and Global Multimedia Experiences (New Faculty) Registration form.

“Learning Tool Exploration: Microsoft 365 Organization and Visualization,” offered 1 to 2 p.m., Feb. 21 -- In this session, participants will preview organization and visualization Microsoft 365 tools to utilize in or prepare for courses. Participants will get an overview of four organization and visualization tools (Planner, Whiteboard, One Note, and Sway) and understand the resources available to utilize them. Register via the Learning Tool Exploration: Microsoft 365 Organization and Visualization Registration form.

March

“Advancing Inclusive Pedagogy via the Intersection of Instructional Technology and DEIB,” offered 1:30 to 3 p.m., March 15 and 16 -- Inclusive pedagogy sets the stage for a learning environment that provides equal opportunities for all students to have a successful learning experience and a sense of belonging. Infusing instructional technologies can advance the work in this space when paired with strategies such as checking name pronunciation and pronouns and soliciting feedback from the students with a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) perspective. Examples of strategies within a variety of course contexts will be explored. Register via the Advancing Inclusive Pedagogy via the Intersection of Instructional Technology and DEIB Registration form.

“Engaging Students through Feedback Using Various Technology Tools,” offered 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., March 29 -- Participants will discover how to use Penn State recommended technology tools to provide effective and efficient feedback to students that encourages motivation and success. Register via the Engaging Students through Feedback Using Various Technology Tools Registration form.

April

“Engaging Students via Pre-course Contact through a Liquid Syllabus,” offered 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., April 13 -- This session will address simple pedagogical approaches for faculty to make connections with students in an inclusive way that provides a foundation for building trust. The facilitators will demonstrate easy ways to develop and distribute a cohesive liquid syllabus using Penn State-approved technologies. Register via the Engaging Students via Pre-course Contact through a Liquid Syllabus Registration form.

Find out more and get the registration links at https://bit.ly/3it0Pnf


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