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Engaging Students Through Technology Symposium

Better Face-to-Face Time

When: Friday, November 1, 2013, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts. 6th Floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center

Face-to-face time for Penn faculty with Penn students is precious, and faculty are increasingly reconsidering what happens during this time. Some faculty are exploring activities that engage students with practices in the discipline during class time so faculty can guide students in the moment . New courseware and online learning technologies can help us improve face-to-face time. Faculty can now create high-quality content for students to explore before entering the classroom. The "flipped classroom" metaphor is attracting attention around campus, as is the new Structured, Active, In-class Learning (SAIL) program. Some questions emerge for faculty:

How can technology change what happens in the classroom?
How can we best use our face-to-face time with students?
How can we support all learners during face-to-face time?
How can we ensure that students do what is needed out of class to be fully prepared during class?

The symposium includes a student panel, a faculty panel, workshops and a lightning round for sharing ideas. The faculty panel will include Jane Dmochowski (Earth and Environmental Sciences), Christina Frei (German), Paul Heiney (Physics) and Frances Rust O'Connell (Graduate School of Education). Discussion will build on perspectives collected from an open student survey at

The program is designed for faculty, teaching staff and graduate students, and is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Penn Language Center, the Weingarten Learning Resources Center (VPUL) and SAS Computing.

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