Teaching and Learning Services

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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.

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Custom training

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…
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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.

Topics include:
  • information literacy
  • media literacy
  • data literacy
  • digital pedagogy
  • digital publishing
  • digital research methods
  • immersive technologies

Additionally, workshops cover a range of software,

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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…
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Media production

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.

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Teaching & learning spaces

The Libraries provide many spaces for teaching and learning that are equipped with technology and features to support active learning and innovative pedagogy. These include:
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