The Teaching and Learning Services team offers comprehensive instructional support, innovative spaces, and an array of services that promote digital fluencies and the creative use of technology.
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.
We schedule public workshops, custom sessions, small-group training and one-on-one consultations by request for members of the Penn community. We have expertise on a range of topics including:
- Video - iMovie, Premiere, videocamera use, webcam videos
- Audio - GarageBand, Audacity
- Graphics - PhotoShop, InDesign, Illustrator
- Presentation Software - PowerPoint, Prezi
- Poster Design
- Excel Spreadsheets
- Web Design - WordPress, Google Sites, Dreamweaver, HTML Basics
- Social Media - Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest
- Google Tools - Docs, Maps, Calendar, etc.
- Citation Management - Zotero, Mendeley, etc.
- Clickers and Audience Response
- Instructional Design and Assignment Structuring
Digital skills workshops
Throughout the year, TRL offers a wide variety of digital skills workshops for beginners and advanced users. Most workshops are hands-on, and all equipment is provided.
- information literacy
- media literacy
- data literacy
- digital pedagogy
- digital publishing
- digital research methods
- immersive technologies
Additionally, workshops cover a range of software, including Infographics, Excel, Photoshop, ArcGIS, and much more.
Instructional Design & Teaching Collaborations
The Penn Libraries Instructional Design and Teaching Collaboration Services program empowers faculty to develop students’ fundamental information literacy and innovative technology skills through the development of lesson plans, assessments, and rubrics. Our library instructional designers are available at any stage of the course development process to help shape course syllabi and activities. Past collaborations have included:
- Incorporating 3D modeling and printing into theatrical set design
- Introducing intellectual property discussions in collaborative Wikipedia-editing assignments
- Training for podcasting and other digital media production final projects
At the Penn Libraries, members of the Penn community have access to resources to complete every stage of their media production projects. The Vitale Digital Media Lab and the Hechtman Recording Studio, both located in Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, are equipped with cutting edge equipment and technology.