Welcome to Instructional Technology

Instructional technology provides innovative and comprehensive technology training and consultation built around the way faculty and students work today. If you’d like to incorporate technology into your classroom, or have a question about College technology resources to support your teaching and research, please contact us.

Helen McCullough
215 Pelletier Library
(814) 332-3364

Michael Hurley
210 Pelletier Library
(814) 332-2890

ShareStream Scheduled Maintenance

Allegheny’s media streaming service, ShareStream, is scheduled to be updated on Wednesday, January 18, and will be unavailable between the hours of 9-12 am.

Please click here for a description of the new features that will be included in this ShareStream update.

Please contact an instructional technologist if you have any questions.

Attention Faculty: We’re Looking for Your Technology Stories

naileditHave you tried a new technology project in your class or research? Did you nail it or fail it? Whatever your result, would you be interested in sharing your successful, or not so successful, technology experience?

If so, please contact us. We’re planning our fall teaching with technology lunch schedule and are hoping to find volunteers who are willing to share their stories.

Attention ShareStream Users

ShareStream, Sakai’s tool for streaming media, is going to be receiving an update on Thursday, September 5, and will be unavailable between the hours of 8:00 – 11:00 am. Everything else in Sakai will continue to operate during this time, it is only the ShareStream media tools that will be unavailable. We will post an announcement when the service is back up and running.

Please contact an instructional technologist if you have any questions.

2013 Summer Technology Workshops

Mark your calendars for the upcoming faculty technology workshops. The workshops begin on August 7th. For more information, go to our upcoming workshops page, or download a copy of the 2013 Faculty Technology Workshops schedule.

Register for workshops here.

Sakai unavailable June 12 from 8-10am.

On Wednesday, June 12, Allegheny Sakai is going to be updated to version 2.9 and will unavailable from 8:00 am until about 10:00 am. Notes on the new features of Sakai 2.9 are forthcoming. 

Please contact an instructional technologist if you have any questions.

 

Webinar: Developing Digital Projects

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The authors of DevDH.org will introduce participants to best practices for designing and organizing their first digital humanities project, including how to frame a project appropriately, identify and set attainable goals, build project teams, and find potential tools and resources. We will be watching this webinar in the Pelletier Library classroom on May 2 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Please click here to register.

More information on the webinar is available here: http://www.nitle.org/live/events/174-developing-digital-humanities-projects

Webinar: ‘Digital Reading Practices for the Liberal Arts Classroom’

Stéfan Sinclair, co-director of TAPoR, leads this online seminar on text analysis, including why and how to teach it. Dr. Sinclair will describe text analysis and share proven recipes for student assignments. We will be watching this webinar in the Pelletier Library classroom on April 18 from 3-4pm. Please click here to register.

More information on the webinar is available here. Please contact an instructional technologist if you have any questions.

Blended Learning 101

Faculty are continually trying to make better use of their face to face time with students by delivering portions of class content online so that they can spend additional face to face time covering course content. Some instructors have moved tests and quizzes online, others have uploaded course documents, and others have used online forums, wikis, and other tools. These strategies are often referred to as blended learning. A key component to blended learning is deciding exactly what course content can be effectively delivered online and where students would benefit most from face to face delivery.

Are you interested in learning more about blended learning? If so, you are invited to attend the webinar ‘The Blended Learning Toolkit: Design, Deliver, Assess’. We will be watching this webinar in the Pelletier Library classroom at 2:00 on Wednesday, March 13. Coffee and tea will be provided. Please click here to register, and contact an instructional technologist if you have any questions.

Photo credit: Christophermccarthy

Teaching with Technology Lunch: Designing Classrooms to Support Teaching and Learning

The college resource that most directly impacts Allegheny’s fundamental objective of educating students is the campus classroom. To ensure that this vital resource meets the broadest needs in the most efficient manner possible, it is important to facilitate dialogue between those that use and those that provide support for these classrooms.

This lunchtime forum will provide an opportunity for faculty to offer feedback on how they use, or would like to use technology, in their classes. Representatives from Instructional Technology, Physical Plant, the Registrar’s Office, and User Services will be on hand to share in this discussion. The goal of the forum will be to develop a better understanding of how classrooms are currently being used and how they will need to evolve in order to support teaching and learning over the next five years.

Lunch will be served at noon on March 12 in Campus Center room 302. The discussion will begin at 12:20. Please click here to register.  

Photo credit to Flickr user JohnEdgarPark

Teaching with Technology Lunch: ‘Collaborating in the Cloud: Using Google Docs to Facilitate Group Work.’

 

Google Docs offers a unique opportunity for students and faculty to collaborate on writing assignments and projects. Over the past year, Professor Sarah Conklin has tried to take advantage of the inherent collaborative nature of Google Docs on a number of student assignments in FS, small seminars and larger more lecture based courses. During this lunchtime session, Sarah will discuss her experiences using Google Docs for a collaborative note taking assignment, a course anthology, as well as several other ways she has had students work collaboratively using this tool.

Lunch will be served at noon on Friday, February 22 in Campus Center room 302. The discussion will begin at 12:20. Please click here to register.