Thursday, June 21, 2007

What's New??


While not new, a list of resources at your disposal for teaching and learning is always a good idea at the beginning of a new academic year... So here they are!

  1. Teaching and Learning at Penn State York - is a topically arranged listing of resources on subjects such as assessment, classroom management, integrating technology, and motivation. Links to local workshops and online discussions are also located here. This is a one-stop-shop for teaching and learning resources at Penn State York! Check out the new ONLINE offerings!! For your convenience and access 24/7.

  2. Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence (SITE) is a faculty resource from UP for innovative teaching and learning at Penn State. Grants, workshops, and consulting services are available.

  3. Teaching and Learning at Penn State York Newsletter Archives - go here to read previous issues dedicated to such topics as rekindling your enthusiasm in the classroom, assessment, getting off on the right foot in your classes, bridging the high school to college gap, etc.

eLearning Advocates Update

In March 2007, Provost Erickson asked every campus to identify a senior person to serve as an advocate for e-learning. The group met for the first time in May to begin to determine goals and directions for the group. One member from the group will be selected to sit on the Penn State Online Coordinating Council. One goal of the group is to be a conduit for information between the Coordinating Council and the campuses.

The initial description from Provost Erickson reads,

Penn State Online has been established as an internal collaborative to coordinate the growth of online learning within the University and to ensure quality and effectiveness in the use of e-learning within academic units, across locations through the e-Learning Cooperative,and at a distance through the World Campus. To ensure an effective voice for the Commonwealth Campuses in this rapidly evolving arena, Provost Erickson asked every campus to identify a senior person to serve as an advocate for e-learning.

So far, the group consists of campus DAAs, ADAAs, faculty, and instructional designers. As the current campus representative to the group, it is my hope to begin to get feedback from different campus constituencies in order to provide input to the group in terms of our eLearning needs and interests. If you are interested in hearing more about this new initiative, please contact me directly at

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