Teaching and Learning with Technology symposium set for March 26

September 30, 2010

University Park, Pa. -- Faculty members can to learn about and share effective uses of technology to enhance teaching and learning at the free Penn State Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology, to be held on Saturday, March 26, 2011, at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus. The theme of the symposium is "Community Engagement and the Culture of Teaching and Learning." There is no registration fee and a continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The keynote speaker will be Clay Shirky, writer, consultant and teacher on new technology and social media. Shirky teaches in New York University's graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program, where he leads courses on the interrelated effects of social and technological network topology -- how our networks shape culture and vice-versa. He was the original professor of new media in the Media Studies department at Hunter College, where he created the department's first undergraduate and graduate offerings in new media, and helped design the current MFA in Integrated Media Arts program. For the past few years, his work has focused on the power of the masses to make decisions, collaborate, self-regulate and build. Shirky’s recent book, "Cognitive Surplus," explores how social technologies and media are changing us, from consumers to collaborators, unleashing a torrent of creative production that will transform our world.

Members of the faculty who are using technology to enrich teaching, learning, or research are encouraged to submit a presentation proposal using the online form at http://symposium.tlt.psu.edu/conference/proposals. The Symposium team is especially interested in sessions that illustrate how faculty and students collaborate with each other as well as with external groups to teach, learn and explore ideas. Sessions can be in a variety of formats, including group presentations, poster presentations, interactive demonstrations, small-group discussions and other activities. Each session should include some discussion of practical aspects such as the tools used, sources of support, best practices and how the application of technology can be transferred to other disciplines. The deadline to submit proposals is Nov. 12, 2010.

For more details and to register, visit http://symposium.tlt.psu.edu/. The Symposium is sponsored by Information Technology Services.

Last Updated September 30, 2010