Tour guide leading InnovaTOUR outside Stuckeman Building

Last year’s InnovaTOUR began outside the Stuckeman Building.

We are just two weeks away from the 2013 TLT Symposium – hard to believe that it’s almost March and it’s that close to Penn State’s signature educational technology event! This week, we will tell you about some exciting panel discussions, elevator pitch videos by session presenters, and a look at our Friday March 15 pre-Symposium event, the popular InnovaTOUR.

The InnovaTOUR
Last year’s inaugural InnovaTOUR was such a huge success we decided to have another one this year on Friday, March 15, from 2:00-4:30 p.m. The InnovaTOUR is a walking tour of a few of Penn State’s innovative learning spaces. Stay tuned next week for more details such as where to meet to start, InnovaTOUR locations, how to sign up (spaces for the tour are limited), and more.

Panel Discussion on a Hot Topic – MOOCs!
This year, we are thrilled to once again offer several panel discussions, covering subjects such as Doceri use in the classroom, clicker use in the classroom, learning analytics, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The MOOC panel will end the day on a high note and we expect a lively and informative conversation given MOOCs are such a hot topic in higher education right now. The panel will be moderated by Allan Gyorke, director of Education Technology Services, and will include Keith Bailey, director, eLearning Institute, College of Arts and Architecture; Cole Camplese, TLT senior director; Angela Dick, TLT instructional designer; Anna Divinsky, instructor of art for School of Visual Arts; Anthony Robinson, lead faculty for online geospatial education, Department of Geography; and Ann Taylor, director, Dutton e-Education Institute, College of Earth & Mineral Sciences.

Recently, Penn State joined the leading massive open online course (MOOC) platform Coursera, with five initial offerings. You can read more about that here: http://tinyurl.com/a6hk5bm. To find out more about the panels and other sessions, please go here: http://tltsym13.sched.org/.

Elevator Pitches by Session Presenters
In preparation for the upcoming 2013 Symposium, we are hoping to have each presenter record an “elevator pitch” of his or her presentation, to grab attendees attention and tell them exactly why they should attend that particular session. We are asking that the pitches be in the form of a video, each no longer than 30 seconds in length, and aimed at giving a brief explanation of what to expect at each presentation.

An elevator pitch (or elevator speech or statement) is a short summary used to quickly and simply define a product, service, or organization and its value proposition. The name “elevator pitch” reflects the idea that it should be possible to deliver the summary in the time span of an elevator ride, or approximately thirty seconds to two minutes.

To see what elevator pitch videos we have so far, please go to the Videos page on the Symposium site at: http://symposium.tlt.psu.edu/videos/. If you are a presenter interested in producing one, please go here: http://symposium.tlt.psu.edu/elevator-pitches/.

That’s all for this week – thanks for reading and please look for the next update on March 7.

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