Additional Shared Programs Instructional Designer Support
In partnership with the service manager of Portfolios at Penn State, the Instructional Designers supporting Shared Programs have worked with faculty to implement electronic portfolios in a variety of capacities. The most common use is for students to create a portfolio as part of a class in order to obtain an internship and/or a job.
In partnership with TLT – Research and Assessment, the Instructional Designers supporting Shared Programs have worked with faculty to integrated assessment of student engagement within courses including online, blended, and video-based courses. The survey that is the base of this assessment is adapted from the National Survey of Student Engagement. Part of this service also includes interpreting the results of the data and integrating additional strategies to increase engagement.
Canvas (Provided by ITS Training Services)
Penn State utilizes Canvas as the Learning Management System. Self-paced training materials as well as training sessions, support documentation, and other materials can be found on Canvas at Penn State – Training.
As a faculty member teaching in a shared program, you most likely will merge your course sections into one cohesive course space. Please review very important information in the Canvas Tip: Merging Courses.
Blended Learning/Hybrid Learning Resources
Blended Learning Transformation Program (Provided by Teaching and Learning with Technology)
The Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) Blended Learning Transformation (BlendLT) Program offers full support for faculty who wish to redesign their existing residential instruction course to an innovative blended (face-to-face and online) format. This support includes three key areas:
- faculty development
- resources to assist in course development
For more information about the program, please visit the Blended Learning Transformation Program website.
Hybrid Learning @ Penn State Resources
- Hybrid Learning @ Penn State – repository of resources and best practices in hybrid learning with or without a video conferencing component.
Polycom Videoconferencing Training (Provided by ITLD – IT Learning and Development)
Learn how to extend your classroom or meeting to participants at different locations and hold interactive sessions in real-time with Penn State’s Polycom videoconferencing system. Watch a hands-on demonstration while learning about all of the options available to you at Penn State, before exploring the capabilities and best practices for videoconferencing— including using it for formal instruction or connecting with guest speakers. Videoconferencing is a powerful communication tool (especially when the winter weather makes travel difficult!) that allows you to exchange audio, video, images, and share computer screens.
For training in this area visit: Training on Demand
Additional Videoconferencing Resources
The following video conferencing resources were developed by units in a variety of Penn State capacities:
- Standard Operating Procedure (Best Practices Document) – Developed by Penn State Berks Continuing Education (Available via Box for Penn State Employees. Contact information included for appendix details)
- Best Practices for Teaching via Videoconferencing at Penn State – Word Version
- Reference Guide for the Polycom Videoconferencing System
- Enterprise Networking and Communication Services – Videoconferencing
Instructional Design Community at the Commonwealth Campuses
Instructional Design support services for the 19 undergraduate campus locations reporting to the Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses are currently provided via a combination of campus and ITS resources. For a list of the contacts for the campuses, visit the ID Support at Campuses website. A campus contact list is also available on the Campus Contact page of the ID Support at Campuses website.