Workshops

Summer/Fall 2015 Workshop List

Full descriptions are provided below this bulleted list:

  • Strategies for Teaching Large Classes: Tuesday, August 11, 10:00-11:15am  Facilitated by Chas Brua and Larkin Hood, Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence Research Associates. This will be available online via Adobe Connect at https://meeting.psu.edu/hburgaug11/.
  • COIL Fischer Speaker Series: Tuesday, August 11, 3:30-5:00pm, online at https://meeting.psu.edu/coil. Registration is required at http://goo.gl/llMrHc.
    Barriers or Opportunities? The Intersection of Policy and Innovation featuring Dr. Chris Bustamante: There is an intersection of innovation and policy that occurs when higher education institutions seek to deliver next-generation learning models and programming that doesn’t always fit within the traditional model. This often causes disruption in existing law, regulations, and policy within national, state, local and accreditation jurisdictions which regulate higher education.

    • How do we “lead the way” as innovative institutions and keep the ball moving forward?
    • What risks do we take to do this work?
    • What advocacy will it take to make the necessary changes in policy to allow for increased innovation?
    • Understanding the nexus between policy and innovation provides a framework to better navigate or break through barriers and take calculated risks in order to push the limits to create educational innovations that better meet the evolving needs of 21st century learners.
    • More information….
  • Webinar Wednesday by World Campus Faculty Development: Academic Integrity: Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 2:00-3:00pm via Adobe Connect. Registration is required at http://wcfd.psu.edu/webinar-schedule/.
  • Webinar Wednesday by World Campus Faculty Development: Teaching the International Student: Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 2:00-3:00pm via Adobe Connect. Registration is required at http://wcfd.psu.edu/webinar-schedule/.
  • Schreyer Conference 2015: Transformative Teaching and Learning: Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 8:00am-5:00pm, The Penn Stater Conference Center, University Park. Additional details coming soon.
  • Webinar Wednesday by World Campus Faculty Development: Universal Design: Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 2:00-3:00pm via Adobe Connect. Registration is required at http://wcfd.psu.edu/webinar-schedule/.
  • Day of Listening: Wednesday, November 18, 2015, drop-in between 10:10am-2:15pm, Morrison Gallery (101 Library).

Strategies for Teaching Large Classes
Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 10:00-11:15am, online via Adobe Connect at https://meeting.psu.edu/hburgaug11/

This workshop is about challenges and opportunities related to teaching large classes, with the focus on practical strategies for assessing student work and promoting academic integrity. Participants will have the opportunity to share their best practices and questions with colleagues, as well. Chas Brua and Larking Hood, Schreyer Institute Teaching Excellence Research Associates, will facilitate this workshop.

COIL Fischer Speaker Series

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 3:30-5:00pm, online at https://meeting.psu.edu/coil.

Registration is required at http://goo.gl/llMrHc.

Barriers or Opportunities? The Intersection of Policy and Innovation featuring Dr. Chris Bustamante: There is an intersection of innovation and policy that occurs when higher education institutions seek to deliver next-generation learning models and programming that doesn’t always fit within the traditional model. This often causes disruption in existing law, regulations, and policy within national, state, local and accreditation jurisdictions which regulate higher education.

  • How do we “lead the way” as innovative institutions and keep the ball moving forward?
  • What risks do we take to do this work?
  • What advocacy will it take to make the necessary changes in policy to allow for increased innovation?
  • Understanding the nexus between policy and innovation provides a framework to better navigate or break through barriers and take calculated risks in order to push the limits to create educational innovations that better meet the evolving needs of 21st century learners.
  • More information….

Webinar Wednesday by World Campus Faculty Development:  Academic Integrity

Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 2:00-3:00pm via Adobe Connect

Registration is required at http://wcfd.psu.edu/webinar-schedule/.

Webinar Wednesday by World Campus Faculty Development:  Teaching the International Student

Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 2:00-3:00pm via Adobe Connect.

Registration is required at http://wcfd.psu.edu/webinar-schedule/.

Schreyer Conference 2015:  Transformative Teaching and Learning

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 8:00am-5:00pm, The Penn Stater Conference Center, University Park

Additional details coming soon.

Webinar Wednesday by World Campus Faculty Development:  Universal Design

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 2:00-3:00pm via Adobe Connect.

Registration is required at http://wcfd.psu.edu/webinar-schedule/.

Day of Listening

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 10:10am-2:15pm, Morrison Gallery (101 Library)

We Listen creates intentional spaces in which members of the Penn State community tell their own stories of lived experience, and listen to those told by others. It explores who we are as a community, giving voice to what is often unheard and unnoticed with the aim of shifting awareness of difference, and provoking new approaches to addressing it. The process is grounded in the assumption that meaningful human interaction involves risk, care, and openness. We Listen began as the World Wide Narratives project in Fall 2011. Since then we have recorded over 300 campus stories and are now replicating the program on other Penn State campuses.

The Day of Listening is a screening of a selection of these stories.

Sponsored by the Faculty Center for Teaching & Instructional Technology, Diversity and Educational Equity Committee, and Intercultural Affairs.  Contact Louisa at len5018@psu.edu for more information.

Spring 2015 Workshop List

Full descriptions are provided below this bulleted list.

PASSHE Virtual Conference

Monday, February 9 through Friday, February 20

Streamed live at http://www.passhe.edu/inside/asa/DEConf/Pages/Virtual-Conference-Home.aspx

The Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence has purchased registrations to the PASSHE Virtual Conference for the Penn State Harrisburg faculty.

Now in its 6th year, Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment: the PASSHE Virtual Conference provides an opportunity to engage with education professionals from around the world—all from the comfort of your office or home.  Over the course of two weeks in February, February 9th through the 20th, 60 one-hour sessions will be delivered online.  Topics range from Emerging Technologies to Organizational Best Practices to Mobile Learning and more.

Go to the page on the conference website for “2015 Sessions by Date”.  The date and time of each session is listed.  Beside each session title is “Join Session”.  Just click on that, and Blackboard Collaborate will open up the virtual room for that session.  NO PASSWORD is needed. Additional details about each session are available on the far right of the page by clicking “View Details”. No password is required.

Participants are encouraged to read the Blackboard Collaborate Instructions prior to the conference.

Recordings of the sessions will be available for at least one month after the end of the conference.  You’ll know when the recording for a session is available when the “Join Session” link has changed to “View Archive”.  The goal is to have each day’s recordings available shortly after the last session of each day ends.

If you have any questions please contact Suzanne Weinstein at swd107@psu.edu.

Teaching and Learning Activities Showcase

Friday, April 24, 2015, 9:00am – 4:00pm, Student Center/Quiet Study Room (CUB)

Registration required at:  https://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/register/Multi-Item-Registration.aspx?ID=10769

Have you ever wondered what secrets the most successful hybrid and online instructors have? Would you like to expand your horizons and speak directly to faculty and learning designers who develop and use eLearning activities and strategies in their classes?
Then, join us at the Teaching and Learning Activities Showcase where your faculty and learning designer colleagues will be bringing their projects to each of the three campuses (Harrisburg, Hazleton , and New Kensington) and sharing them in a science-fair like environment. Attendees will have the opportunity to see a wide variety of solutions to common eLearning challenges we all face, and to talk with the presenters about the tools, technologies and instructional strategies they used to build them.

Luncheon Keynote Address (via Adobe Connect): Curtis Bonk, University of Indiana, author of TEC-VARIETY.

Would you like to be an exhibitor?

We would like to invite proposal submissions for hybrid or online classroom projects and activities for exhibition in a science-fair like environment at the Teaching and Learning Activities Showcase, co-sponsored by the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, Penn State Harrisburg, Penn State Hazleton, and Penn State New Kensington.

Sharing your work at the Teaching and Learning Activities Showcase is an extremely unique and valuable learning opportunity.

You get to widely share your activities with your colleagues and answer their questions directly. In addition, you can receive feedback from attendees and expand on your ideas and strategies.

Would you like to exhibit? Start by filling out the proposal form.  Additional event details are included in the form.

Deadline for submission is Friday, March 6. You will be notified by March 27 of acceptance.

Each successful presenter will be provided with space to set up their presentation materials. Presenters are responsible for bringing and setting up their own demonstration materials (i.e., handouts, a poster, a laptop or tablet, etc.).

Please direct questions to Cindy Decker Raynak (cdr1@psu.edu) or Deborah Sillman (dys100@psu.edu).

Summer/Fall 2014 Workshop List

Full descriptions are provided below this bulleted list.

  • COIL Fischer Speaker Series event – Harnessing the Data Deluge: How to Make Learning Analytics a Part of Teaching and Learning: Thursday, July 31, 1:00-2:30pm, streamed live at http://meeting.psu.edu/coil
  • Assessments: Overview of Best Thinking and Best Practices: Tuesday, August 19, 8:45-10:00am, online via Adobe Connect
  • Assessments: Best Practices for Developing Effective Multiple Choice Tests: Tuesday, August 19, 10:15-11:30am, online via Adobe Connect
  • ANGEL: Using ANGEL’s Assessments to Improve Teaching and Learning: Wednesday, August 20, 10:15am-12:00pm, online via Adobe Connect
  • Assessments: Improving Multiple Choice Tests through Item Analysis: Wednesday, August 20, 12:45-2:30pm, online via Adobe Connect
  • Overcoming Common Misconceptions about Blended Course Design: Monday, September 29, 12:15-1:15pm, online via Adobe Connect
  • Accessibility in Word and PowerPoint 2013:  Friday, October 31, 10:00am-1:00pm, E236 Olmsted
  • World Wide Narratives Day of Listening: Thursday, November 20, drop-in between 10:00am-2:00pm, Oliver LaGrone (W132 Olmsted)

COIL Fischer Speaker Series Event
Harnessing the Data Deluge: How to Make Learning Analytics a Part of Teaching and Learning

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 1:00-2:30pm
Streamed live at https://meeting.psu.edu/coil
Registration required at http://wp.me/P3b4X9-CC

During this COIL Fischer Speaker Series event, Alyssa Wise, Associate Professor of Educational Technology & Learning Design at Simon Fraser University, will present a powerful vision of how learning analytics tools and higher education pedagogy can be integrated to support students’ learning agency, instructors’ learning designs, and the interactions between the two, all while working within the scope of the university course.

The world is awash in data these days, but making it a useful and actionable part of the daily activities of higher education remains a challenge. Over the last few years, learning analytics have made great strides to improve algorithms for finding meaningful traces in the data and visualizations for presenting them. In order for these tools to have a meaningful impact on university teaching and learning, we need to begin to consider and design for the ways in which they become a part of (and change) the activity patterns of instructors and students.

In other words, what does it look like to “do school” in a world of learning analytics?

Designing Assessment Series
Presented by Crystal Ramsay, Schreyer Institute,
and Lisa Urban, ITS Training Services

This series of four online classes is aimed to contextualize the “how-to” of building an assessment in ANGEL in a larger pedagogical framework. Participants are welcome to register for one or all of the sessions offered in this series.

Assessments: Overview of Best Thinking and Best Practices
Tuesday, August 19, 8:45-10:00am
Online via Adobe Connect at https://meeting.psu.edu/angelassessments/
Registration required: Follow the link from the Schreyer Institute http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/events?date=August

Participants should bring a course syllabus and at least one assessment from the course with them to the session.

Ongoing assessment of student learning is one of the most important responsibilities of a course instructor. The focus of this hands-on workshop will be broad consideration of the overall assessment package for a course. Assessment planning tools and options (e.g., question types) will be shared.

Assessments: Best Practices for Developing Effective Multiple Choice Tests
Tuesday, August 19, 10:15-11:30am
Online via Adobe Connect at https://meeting.psu.edu/angelassessments/
Registration required: Follow the link from the Schreyer Institute http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/events?date=August

This session is part two of a four part series of sessions. Participants are welcome to register for one or all of the sessions offered in this series.

Participants should bring either a multiple choice test from one of their courses, a pool of potential multiple choice questions, or content for which they would like to develop multiple choice questions with them to the session.

Scoring multiple choice tests is relatively simple. Writing the questions that make up multiple choice tests, however, can be very challenging. In this hands-on workshop, participants will practice writing effective items using twelve item-writing guidelines.

ANGEL: Using ANGEL’s Assessments to Improve Teaching and Learning
Wednesday, August 20, 10:15am-12:00pm
Online via Adobe Connect at https://meeting.psu.edu/angelassessments/
Registration required: Follow the link from the Schreyer Institute http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/events?date=August

This session is part three of a four part series of sessions. Participants are welcome to register for one or all of the sessions offered in this series.

In this hands-on workshop, attendees will discuss different topics to consider before designing an assessment, as well as the pedagogy behind the different question types available in ANGEL’s assessment tool. Participants will explore the full range of assessment options within ANGEL and create an assessment in ANGEL using sample questions and answers provided by the instructor, while specifying assessment settings for display, interaction, review, and feedback.

Assessments: Improving Multiple Choice Tests through Item Analysis
Wednesday, August 20, 12:45-2:30pm
Online via Adobe Connect at https://meeting.psu.edu/angelassessments/
Registration required: Follow the link from the Schreyer Institute http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/events?date=August

This session is part four of a four part series of sessions. Participants are welcome to register for one or all of the sessions offered in this series.

Participants should bring both a score report from Scanning Services or ANGEL and its corresponding multiple choice exam with them to the session.

We always consider the performance of students when we design an exam. However, we don’t often consider the performance of the exams and the items themselves. Participants in this hands-on workshop will explore ways of analyzing exam and item performance and make decisions to improve future exams and instruction.

Overcoming Common Misconceptions about Blended Course Design
Presented by John Haubrick and Bill Egan, World Campus instructional designers
Monday, September 29, 12:15-1:15pm
Online via Adobe Connect at https://meeting.psu.edu/blendedcoursedesign/
Registration required: Follow the link from the Schreyer Institute http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/events?date=September

Have you been wondering about or tinkering with blended course design? Join John Haubrick and Bill Egan for an engaging discussion of blended course design misconceptions.

Accessibility in Word and PowerPoint 2013
Friday, October 31, 10:00am-1:00pm, E236 Olmsted
Presented by Lisa Urban, ITS Training Services
Registration Required:  http://portal.outreach.psu.edu/search/publicCourseSectionDetails.do?method=load&sectionId=1138808&paCode=PA0002

This hands-on session will focus on optimizing materials for accessibility using tools in Word and PowerPoint 2013. Participants will use these tools to create a Word document and a PowerPoint presentation that has been optimized for accessibility. Best practices for formatting and design will be discussed.

Objectives
Explore best practices for optimizing for accessibility
• Apply and modify heading styles
• Format tables and lists
• Add alternative text and captions to images

The handout for this session can be found at:  http://ittraining.psu.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/7689/2013/12/AccessibilityWordPowerPoint2013_HO-09232014.pdf.

Why you should attend: As per the University’s agreement with the NFB (National Federation of the Blind), it is our responsibility to ensure that all individuals “who have vision impairments enjoy equal access to all educational opportunities, services and information provided by the University.” Participation in this workshop can contribute towards your diversity professional development.

World Wide Narratives Day of Listening
In Partnership with First Year Seminar Program
Thursday, November 20, drop-in between 10:00am – 2:00pm, W132 Olmsted (Oliver LaGrone)

World Wide Narratives creates intentional spaces in which members of the Penn State community tell their own stories of lived experience, and listen to those told by others.  It explores who we are as a community, giving voice to what is often unheard and unnoticed with the aim of shifting awareness of difference, and provoking new approaches to addressing it.  The process is grounded in the assumption that meaningful human interaction involves risk, care, and openness.

This screening features the stories recorded during a semester-long, volunteer process that trains participants in using an iPod Touch or smartphone to record short real-life stories from the people we walk by in the halls everyday. The technical skills involved in this program are low – no story is edited and fine filmmaking is not the goal. Instead, the focus is on quickly establishing a relationship with someone so that they can share an honest, authentic story about their experiences.

Since Fall 2011, students, faculty, and staff have collected over 200 stories from our campus.  Please join our team to encourage listening and appreciation of the diverse stories and perspectives here at Penn State Harrisburg.  Contact Shivaani at sas82@psu.edu for more information.

Spring 2014 Semester Workshop List

Full descriptions are provided below this bulleted list.
  • Best Practices in Blogging via Sites at Penn State for Higher Education:  Friday, January 24, 2:45-4:00pm, via Adobe Connect
  • i>clicker for the Classroom: Thursday, January 30th, 11:30am-1:00pm, W132 Olmsted
  • Best Practices in lynda.com for Higher Education: Wednesday, February 12th, 12:00-1:00pm, E330 Olmsted
  • International Student Panel Discussion:  Tuesday, March 18th, 12:00-1:15pm, TL 128
  • Best Practices for Using Doceri in the Classroom: Wednesday, March 19th, 12:00-1:00pm, E330 Olmsted
  • Faculty Panel Presentation and Discussion:  Tuesday, April 1st, 12:00-1:15pm, W107 Olmsted (Gallery Lounge)
  • World Wide Narratives Day of Listening: Thursday, April 10th, W132 Olmsted (Oliver LaGrone)
  • NMC: Horizon Report – 2014 Higher Education Edition: date/time/location to be announced soon

Faculty Roundtable:  Best Practices in Blogging
via Sites at Penn State for Higher Education

Friday, January 24, 2014, 2:45-4:00pm
Online via Meeting@PennState powered by Adobe Connect
Registration link: http://portal.outreach.psu.edu/search/publicCourseSectionDetails.do?method=load&sectionId=582518&paCode=PA0002# (NOTE: Registration limited to 20)

Course Details

Blogs are web-based tools that allow individuals to post their thoughts via text and other media on the web for others to comment on. In this discussion-oriented seminar, participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of blogging using Sites at Penn State and will discuss best uses of the tool for teaching and learning.

Objectives

  • List the basic features of blogs
  • Determine if blogs are the best technology for the teaching situation
  • List educational uses of blogs
  • List the types of educational blogs
  • List the best ways to make blog posts discoverable
  • Discuss best uses of blogs for teaching and learning

Notes

SESSION TIME & LOGIN INFO: The starting time listed is 15 minutes prior to the actual starting time of the session in order to give online participants an opportunity to log in and test all necessary settings, including audio and system requirements, before the session begins.

Visit the following link at the starting time indicated to participate in this live session: https://meeting.psu.edu/sitesroundtable/

Prerequisites

None

i>clicker for the Classroom

Thursday, January 30th, 11:30am-1:00pm, W132 Olmsted
Patrick Farace, Senior Technology Specialist with i>clicker, will present on getting started with clickers as well as best practices for creating the best questions.

Please join us for a fun, interactive presentation of i>clicker.  Initially developed to electronically collect student feedback in large, lecture-hall classes, i>clicker is also well-suited for the small, intimate group settings.

  • Heard about i>clicker being used at Penn State and not sure if its right for you?  Then join us to see how this educational tool can enhance your lecture.
  • Already committed to using i>clicker?  Then join us to see how to get started and how best to maximize your experience.
  • Have you used i>clicker in the past?  Then come share your expertise with others.

Register at: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kiWjAlOMdpIpzX7xc6zE_nDvBLxI50UF1hCalVJuvt8/viewform

Program:

1. Introductions, Overview of i>clicker
2. Why should instructors use a clicker system?
3. Advantages of using i>clicker:
a. Simple hardware
b. Easy software
c. Reports/i>grader
d. Asking different kinds of questions
e. Pricing/bookstore, info/misc.
4. Best Practices when implementing i>clicker into your course

Best Practices in Lynda.com for Higher Education

Wednesday, February 12th, 12:00-1:00pm, E330 Olmsted
Register by emailing Betsy at rap21@psu.edu 

Join Tim Lengel as he leads a hands-on workshop to introduce you to lynda.com, an excellent resource for students, faculty, and staff to learn software, creative techniques, and business skills at their own pace. Vetted instructors walk the user through tutorials that are segmented into easily digestible videos, available anytime on their desktop or mobile device.

Headphones/ear buds are suggested.

Objectives:

  • List the basic features of lynda.com
  • Review lynda.com usage across Penn State
  • Create a lynda.com Penn State account to search topics and transcripts
  • Become familiar with steps to share a course with your students, create bookmarks, and populate your training queue
  • Discuss the best uses of lynda.com for teaching and learning

International Student Panel Discussion

Tuesday, March 18th, 12:00-1:15pm, TL 128

Facilitated by Glenn McGuigan, Chair of the Faculty Senate Student Affairs Committee

A panel of international students representing multiple countries and academic programs will share their adjustment to life in Middletown and learning at Penn State Harrisburg.  They will discuss their greatest challenges in the classroom and what has helped them overcome these challenges.

Reservation required for light luncheon:  RSVP to Betsy Parlett at rap21@psu.edu

Sponsored by the Faculty Center for Teaching & Instructional Technology, Faculty Senate International and Intercultural Affairs and Student Affairs Committees, Office of International Student Support Services, and Russell E. Horn Sr. Learning Center

Best Practices for Using Doceri in the Classroom

Wednesday, March 19th, 12:00-1:00pm, E330 Olmsted 

Register by emailing Betsy at rap21@psu.edu 

Join Tim Lengel as he leads a hands-on workshop to introduce you to Doceri, an application that allows you to control any computer using an iPad.  Annotate and record over any application, document, or image.  Break away from the podium and move freely through your classroom.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own iPad with Doceri already installed.  Please visit http://doceri.psu.edu/faculty-first-steps/ for application installation instructions.  A stylus for the iPad is highly recommended.

This workshop will focus on using Doceri to enhance your students’ experience in class.

Objectives:

 

  • Observe a demonstration of Doceri and its uses in the classroom
  • Connect and practice with Doceri on your iPad
  • Discuss strategies to improve teaching using Doceri

If you are interested in this workshop but do not have an iPad, you are still welcome to attend.

Faculty Panel Presentation and Discussion

Tuesday, April 1st, 12:00-1:15pm, W107 Olmsted (Gallery Lounge)Facilitated by Robin Redmon Wright, Chair of the Faculty Senate International & Intercultural Affairs Committee

This forum will open with a short presentation by the International Student Support Services Office.  Attendees will receive a handout that outlines resources available to them and to their international students.  Faculty panelists will share the instructional strategies that are working well in their classes, the resources they have used, and how they have addressed the challenges and benefits of a diverse class.  Time will be provided for questions.

Reservation required for light luncheon:  RSVP to Betsy Parlett at rap21@psu.edu

Sponsored by the Faculty Center for Teaching & Instructional Technology, Faculty Senate International and Intercultural Affairs and Student Affairs Committees, Office of International Student Support Services, and Russell E. Horn Sr. Learning Center

 

World Wide Narratives Day of Listening

In Partnership with First Year Seminar Program

Thursday, April 10, 11:00am – 2:00pm, W132 Olmsted (Oliver LaGrone)

World Wide Narratives creates intentional spaces in which members of the Penn State community tell their own stories of lived experience, and listen to those told by others.  It explores who we are as a community, giving voice to what is often unheard and unnoticed with the aim of shifting awareness of difference, and provoking new approaches to addressing it.  The process is grounded in the assumption that meaningful human interaction involves risk, care, and openness.

Since Fall 2011, students, faculty, and staff have collected over 200 stories from our campus.  Please join our team to encourage listening and appreciation of the diverse stories and perspectives here at Penn State Harrisburg.  Contact Shivaani at sas82@psu.edu for more information.

 

NMC: Horizon Report – 2014 Higher Education Edition

Date/time/location to be announced soon

Carol McQuiggan will present the most recent Horizon Report “designed to help education leaders, policy makers, and faculty understand new and emerging technologies, and their potential impact on teaching, learning, and research” within higher education institutions over the next five years. Along with a summary of key trends and significant challenges, the six important developments in educational technology for higher education to be discussed are as follows:

  1. Flipped classroom
  2. Learning Analytics
  3. 3D Printing
  4. Games and Gamification
  5. Quantified Self
  6. Virtual Assistants

Each of these developments will be described, along with their relevance to higher education. Examples of current practices will be shared, along with resources to learn more.

See Archive of Past Workshops

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