Archive for the ‘Instructional Technology’ Category

For Faculty: Teaching with Technology Lunch—Taming the Rising Costs of Textbooks: Open-Access Textbook Alternatives

When: Friday, April 17, 2015, lunch will be served at noon and the discussion will begin at 12:20

Where: CC 301/302

Coming? Please register here.

Textbook prices have increased at a rate that far exceeds the rate of inflation. This has been a financial challenge for many of our students (seehere and here for discussions of this issue in The Campus).  Obviously, textbook prices are not an issue just for Allegheny; there are nationwide efforts to provide alternatives to expensive textbooks.  Allegheny’s instructional technologists will demonstrate free or low cost alternatives to the conventional textbook market at this lunch time discussion.

Teaching With Technology: A webinar with Scott Jaschik and Carl Straumsheim of Inside Higher Ed

Academic Commons Faculty Development Workshop Series

Teaching With Technology
A webinar with Scott Jaschik and Carl Straumsheim of Inside Higher Ed
Discussion to follow
Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 2:00-3:30
Pelletier Collaboratory

Allegheny faculty and staff are invited to join a webinar and discussion on teaching with technology on Tuesday, February 17 from 2:00-3:30 in the Pelletier Collaboratory. The use of technology to deliver instruction is increasingly widespread – though the extent of its use varies greatly. At some institutions, professors do little more than use learning management systems (LMS) to record attendance and grades and to communicate with students. At the other end of the scale, millions of students study entirely online. For the great middle, though, professors are increasingly using their LMS and other technology tools to do things that don’t simply replace paperwork. They are bringing together students from across the country or around the world. They are “flipping the classroom” and using class time for group work or student presentations, rather than for lecture. They are using simulations, videos and an ever-growing list of tools. And they are doing so in courses that are entirely online, entirely in person and in hybrid formats.

Participants, and those unable to attend, are also welcome to review a compilation of articles and opinion pieces on this subject that have been published in Inside Higher Ed. That compilation can be found here:

Questions? Feel free to contact Mike Hurley (, Helen McCullough (, or Terry Bensel (

Teaching with Technology Lunch: Who you gonna call? AggreGator!


Attention faculty. Have your students felt haunted by the spectre of your research assignment? Help them cut through the slime of random Google searches. AggreGator, the Library’s new search engine can help. Come to this lunchtime discussion where we will demonstrate this powerful research tool that searches (almost) all of our resources at once: books, journal articles, reference material, news articles and more.

Friday, October 31, 2014
Lunch will be served at noon and the discussion will begin at 12:20.

Please click here to register.

Summer Technology Workshops

Allegheny’s instructional technologists will be leading several workshops for faculty during the month of August. Topics include Sakai, online tests and quizzes, online gradebooks, Google Docs and Drive, clickers, working with streaming multimedia, and library tools to help you to keep up to date with current research. For more information, and to register for the workshops, please see this link:

All workshops will be held in Murray 117. Coffee will be provided in the morning. Lunch will be provided at 11:45 for both morning and afternoon participants. Sorry, we can only accommodate 10 registrants per session. Please contact an instructional technologist if you have any questions.

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.