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Canvas & ed tech

Courseware Support provides training, help, and instructional design for all who use Canvas, Penn’s centrally-provided learning management system, and related instructional technologies. Our team collaborates with colleagues across schools and centers at Penn.

Additionally, Courseware Support manages the administration of Canvas and works closely with Instructure, its parent company, to ensure a high-quality user experience.

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Course Materials

The Penn Libraries' Course Reserves service allows for specific works in multiple media, print and  digital, to be made available for class use. Reserve requests may include both required and recommended course materials.

Physical reserves: Instructors can request that specific books, films, or sound recordings be…

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Course-related Library Instruction

Penn Librarians offer a variety of course-related instructional services. Working with faculty and teaching instructors, librarians can design in-person or online sessions tailored to the needs of a class.   Content may include demonstrating important resources like the library catalog, navigating appropriate disciplinary resources, developing effective search strategies, evaluating sources, and managing and citing references.  If class time is at a minimum,…

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Custom training

We schedule public workshops, small-group training, in-class consultations, and one-on-one consultations by request for members of the Penn community.  We have expertise on a range of methods including:

  • 3D modeling
  • Audio production and editing (GarageBand, Audacity, etc.)
  • Citation management (Zotero, Mendeley, etc.)
  • Data management
  • GIS & Mapping (ArcGIS, StoryMaps, QGIS, etc.)
  • Graphic design
  • Poster design
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Digital skills workshops

Throughout the year, Educational Technology and Learning Management offers a wide variety of digital skills workshops for beginners and advanced users. Most workshops are hands-on, and all equipment is provided.

Topics include:
  • digital literacy
  • digital pedagogy
  • immersive technologies
  • information literacy
  • media literacy
  • technological literacy

Additionally, workshops can cover a range of production and…

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Library Lounge Tutorials

Library Lounge is a Canvas-integrated library instructional service that prepares students to excel as researchers.  Our team works directly with faculty and librarians to deliver video tutorials and opportunities for personal exchange between librarians and students in their Canvas course site, all of which are customized for class research assignments.  Library Lounge puts instruction in the critical path of students who may not realize they can benefit from librarians’ expertise, and who…

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