Archive for the ‘Instructional Technology’ Category

Faculty Teaching with Technology Lunch: Turning a Text into a Conversation

  • Tuesday, October 6, 2015
  • Pelletier Collaboratory
  • Lunch will be served at noon and the discussion will begin at 12:20.

This lunchtime discussion will focus on sharing tips and lessons learned from using CommentPress, an open source plugin for WordPress that allows readers to comment paragraph-by-paragraph, line-by-line, or block-by-block in the margins of a text. Briana Lewis, of Allegheny’s Modern and Classical Languages Department, will share her experiences with using this tool to allow students to annotate and comment on the text “La Morte amoureuse”. Register for the workshop here.



Faculty Teaching with Technology Lunch: Get to Know JMP

Friday, September 18, 2015
Pelletier Collaboratory
Lunch served at noon, presentation begins at 12:20

JMP, a powerful, graphically oriented statistical package, has recently become available on campus. JMP is user-friendly and very cost effective, and offers many licensing advantages over other statistical packages currently in use on campus. Because it excels at exploratory data analysis and data visualization, it may be especially appropriate as a tool in teaching undergraduate statistics classes. Please come to this lunchtime discussion where biology professor, Ron Mumme, will demonstrate some of the functionality you will find in JMP.

Please click here to register for the lunch.

2015 Summer Faculty Technology Workshops

2015 Summer Faculty Technology Workshops

All workshops will be held in the Pelletier Library Classroom. Coffee will be provided in the morning. Lunch will be provided at 11:45 am for both morning and afternoon participants. Sorry, we can only accommodate 10 registrants per session. Download a copy of the 2015 Faculty Technology Workshops schedule.

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T, August 11 9:30 to 11:45 am Google Docs and Drive. An overview of the advantages to using Google drive for your files and the collaborative features of Google Calendar, Docs, and Forms
T, August 11 12:30 to 2:45 pm Meet Sakai. An introduction to Allegheny’s Learning Management System.
W, August 12 9:30 to 10:45 am WeVideo. A demonstration of WeVideo, a powerful, easy to use, cloud based video creation and editing platform.
W, August 12 11:00 to 11:45 am ShareStream. Learn about this easy-to-use, interactive media solution for uploading, tagging, browsing, and playing   media within Sakai.
W, August 12 12:30 to 1:00 pm RefWorks Flow.Looking for a solution to managing the endless torrent of your professional reading and research? Flow will help keep your head above water.
W, August 12 1:15 to 1:45 pm Choice Reviews Online.Find out how to create customized searches and alerts for monographs in your field.
W, August 12 2:00 to 2:30 pm AggreGator. Pelletier Library’s new service that provides a unified interface for finding information in the Library’s catalog and many of its databases.
TH, August 13 9:30 to 11:45 am Next Steps in Sakai. Want to go beyond the basics of sharing resources in Sakai? This workshop will feature an introduction to some Sakai’s other tools—Tests & Quizzes, Forums, Statistics, Sign-up, Lessons, and more.
TH, August 13 12:30 to 2:30 pm Delving Deeper in Sakai. A closer look at two of Sakai’s more powerful tools—Tests & Quizzes and Lessons.

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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 (