There are as many different ways to use teaching technologies as there are teachers (and students) out there. We’re here to help you find the one that’s best for you. Maybe for your classroom that’s creating an online discussion forum. Or maybe it’s building a MOOC for the world to see. No matter what, Teaching and Learning with Technology at Penn State can support you in ways that work with your teaching style, your course content, and your level of comfort with technology – and the TLT Symposium is the perfect way to find out how!
A Great Way to Start
If you’re just getting started using technology in the classroom and are wondering what’s possible, the Symposium is a great place to begin. Discover ideas for how to use technology in your classroom by seeing examples of what your peers have done and attend sessions such as Copyright and Creative Commons: Finding, Using, and Citing Free Media for the Classroom that share information applicable in many different contexts. You can also browse the Service Area to find out about the many resources available to you to help put the ideas you get at the event into practice, including demos of Sites at Penn State (the University supported web publishing platform), paperless grading tools, IT training resources, and ScholarSphere.
Additionally, be sure to check out the Flipping the Classroom Track to see if any of the sessions interest you. Flipping the classroom is a teaching model that “flips” the traditional structure of a course, so that students consume instructor lectures outside of the classroom (usually recorded by the instructor and posted online) and use the face-to-face class time engaging in personalized, guided learning activities and hands-on work. It’s a great example of using technology to increase the benefit of face-to-face time, rather than to replace it.
The Cutting Edge
For the tech junkies out there, who are excited about the teaching technology innovations on the cutting edge, never fear, this year’s TLT Symposium will have plenty to set your heart a flutter. In addition to the MOOC Track, which will feature sessions on Penn State’s first, very successful MOOCs and on scalable formative assessments in these online courses, this year will also feature a COIL Track brought to you by Penn State’s Center for Online Innovation in Learning (COIL). The COIL sessions will focus on the different projects the group is working on and also give you advice on applying for a COIL RIG grant, something you don’t want to miss. Try on Google Glass in the Service Area and be sure to browse the list of General Sessions, as there will be a plethora of presentations that catch your eye and your interest as we showcase the many teaching and learning innovations happening at Penn State.
What are you waiting for?
Register today to join us for this one-of-a-kind Penn State event characterized by enthusiasm, collaboration, and discovery. We look forward to seeing you in March!