Canvas for New Faculty

Canvas resources for new faculty available in Canvas Learning Center

New to Penn State? Or just new to Canvas, the Learning Management System that is replacing ANGEL this fall? We’ve got your back with a handy resource to help get you ready to teach in Canvas by August 21, the first day of fall classes.

Contact the Center for Instructional Design to make an appointment and sign up for our digital badge program too!

Call for Proposals: Lecture Capture with Swivl Robot

Information Technology Support and the Center for Instructional Design have a new pilot program for faculty, lecture capture with the Swivl video recording system. Swivl is an automatic camera operator, allowing hands free recording of your lectures and presentations for later review by your students.

Video is recognized as a highly effective tool for improving student comprehension and retention.  The Swivl video system makes it easy to capture video and share from your Canvas courses.

Please submit your proposals before the start of the Fall semester.  Two projects will be selected for design, development, and implementation of Swivl into course learning activities.

Video overview of Swivl in use:

For more information, please contact the Worthington Scranton Center for Instructional Design ( in Dawson 117.

Swivl Pilot Project Request for Proposals document download:

Web Content Stewards Badge Update

We are off to a great start with our campus Web Content Stewards badge training suite.  Fourteen staff took part in Part 1, Using the Polaris CMS, and 16 participated in Part 2, Web Aesthetics.  We are looking forward to the upcoming courses, including Writing for the Web, Creating Web Media and Content Marketing.  Visit the WS IT Support site for more information and to register.


Web Content Stewards Badge

digital badge graphicCampus Information Technology Support and the Center for Instructional Design will be offering a Web Content Stewards digital badge this summer!  Our content stewards will be training on our Drupal Polaris content management system, and also learn about web design aesthetics, writing for the web,  creating web media and content marketing.

The digital badge training materials will be in Canvas, with additional material from at Penn State.  There are five training sessions, each with two separate registration times to accommodate staff schedules.

Part 1: Using the Polaris CMS

Part 2: Web Design Aesthetics

Part 3: Writing for the Web

Part 4: Creating Web Media

Part 5: Content Marketing

For more information and to register, visit the Worthington Scranton IT Support site:

New Staff and Faculty Training Workshops

Please visit the Information Technology Support site for more information and to register for our upcoming staff and faculty workshops on Box, Sites at Penn State, UCS Calendar and Email, telephone etiquette, security and more!

Flipping the Classroom with One Button Studio

Visit the Information Technology Support offices to learn more about Flipping the Classroom with our One Button Studio.  We can help you use the studio equipment, edit your video and add it to your Canvas course.

Contact Brent Pennington at x2551 and Griff Lewis at x2654.

Faculty Development Day a success!

Our Third Annual Northeast Regional Faculty Development Day at Worthington Scranton was an overwhelming success, with 45 total attendees, representing 4 campuses and University Park.

Faculty and staff from Worthington Scranton, Schuylkill, Wilkes-Barre and Lehigh Valley campuses, as well as trainers and instructional designers from University Park took place in hands-on Canvas Learning Management System training, and instructional design and technology presentations.

Feedback from attendees was very positive, and many remarked they couldn’t wait until the next event.

Plan now to attend the January 2018 Faculty Development Day at Worthington Scranton!

Start January off right: Faculty Development Day 1/5/17

Start your Spring semester off right by attending our Third Annual Northeast Regional Faculty Development Day at Worthington Scranton.  Attendees have the opportunity to pick between two different workshop tracks; hands-on Canvas training and also pedagogy and technology.

This is sure to be a great event, we look forward to seeing you.  Happy New Year!

Faculty Development Day at Worthington Scranton 2017

December Information Sessions and 2017

We will continue to host Canvas workshops through the month of December:


Thursday, 12/1: ANGEL to Canvas Transition – Compare the learning management systems, learn the required steps to migrate a course from ANGEL to Canvas (Part 2).

Monday, 12/5, Thursday, 12/8: Create and Organize Your Canvas Course  – Create material, organize modules, customize home page and menus, publish and copy courses (Part 3).

Tuesday, 12/13, Wednesday, 12/14: Communicate and Foster Discussion – Create and manage discussions, use Announcements and course messaging to engage your students (Part 4).

Coming up for the New Year, our Third Annual Northeast Regional Faculty Development Day!  We are very excited to have two tracks to our event, a Canvas hands-on training track and a Technology and Pedagogy track.  Sessions will feature presenters from University Park, Worthington Scranton, with assistance from Schuylkill and Wilkes-Barre.  Come and join us to kick off the Spring semester with new ways to improve our students’ experiences!

Lunch is included, so please register here:

We look forward to seeing you!

Campus Canvas Countdown Event

Penn State is in the midst of the College/Campus migration and conversion phase of the transition to Canvas as the new Learning Management System.

To learn more about the Canvas transition and how it affects you, please consider attending the Campus Canvas Countdown event on Wednesday, November 16 from 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM in Dawson 14.  This will be during the Common Hour, so everyone who is interested can participate.  The online, interactive session will be conducted via Zoom.

This is an opportunity to hear from the Canvas Project Team, IT Training Services, and the Conversion Support Team – and get your Canvas questions answered.

The first 20 people in the door will receive a Canvas drawstring bag!

We hope to see you on November 16!

It’s Your Canvas!

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