October 14, 2016
October 6, 2016
The Grenada National Museum was in need of an update.
Jonathan Hanna, a Penn State doctoral candidate in archaeology and a Peace Corps volunteer on the Caribbean island, had helped write a grant for the museum to update its dilapidated Amerindian display.
August 5, 2016
How do you choose between an infographic, concept map, or Voice Thread? With hundreds of competing technologies, it is easy for instructors to be confused on which to use. Fortunately, ITS Training Services and Teaching and Learning with Technology have teamed up to help clarify the overwhelming number of options available with a free, online series on teaching visually. Scheduled for Aug. 16-18, the online training event is designed specifically to help faculty, instructional designers, and graduate student instructors learn practical, easy strategies to incorporate effective visuals into their fall courses.
May 18, 2016
It’s 7 a.m., and after an eight-hour shift answering middle-of-the-night technology support calls and emails at Penn State’s IT Service Desk, Jessica Henry is about to head home. Before she leaves her post, she touches base with Chris Hirsh who has just arrived for the day about the goings-on of the night: A printing issue in Pollock Lab was resolved around 5 a.m. and the queue of pending help requests has been whittled down to about 30.
May 11, 2016
Exciting improvements to both the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (eTD) and the Electronic Honors Theses (eHT) systems, will be deployed on Monday, May 16. These two services, integral to spreading the word on the research and academic initiatives at Penn State, enables students to electronically submit and share their thesis or dissertation, allowing them to not only meet the requirements of their degree, but gain experience with electronic publishing and expand their research worldwide.
May 7, 2016
Melissa Arnett has to be a jack-of-all-trades. As a staff assistant in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Arnett helps faculty with a wide range of projects, from researching new educational strategies like flipped classrooms to helping create new websites.
April 27, 2016
Have you ever been assigned a multimedia project or a tech-based assignment using a software completely unfamiliar to you? Well, thanks to one group of students working in Penn State’s Information Technology Services (ITS), you don’t have to face these challenges alone.
April 6, 2016
ITS Services and Solutions has announced the release of Software Asset Management (SAM) at Penn State. This no-fee service, powered by License Dashboard, enables units across the University to coordinate efforts in acquiring, supporting and sharing licenses. Units participating in SAM are able to maintain an accurate license inventory, reduce software costs and associated staff time, and avoid noncompliance issues.
March 29, 2016
The highly praised Designing Assessments Series has returned, allowing interested participants to build their skills in designing effective assessments. This four-part series, developed in collaboration with representatives from the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, is presented by Crystal Ramsay from Educational Technology Services and Lisa Urban from ITS Training Services. The series focuses on best practices of creating quizzes and exams, the practical application within Canvas (Penn State’s new Learning Management System), and tools to measure the overall effectiveness of course assessments. Sessions will be offered April 5 and 6.
January 28, 2015
Game review from both sides of the ‘net’: Cloud storage helps the Penn State men’s volleyball team succeed on the court
While at the airport, Aaron Russell, outside hitter for the Penn State men’s volleyball team, watched game films of the University of Hawaii at Mānoa volleyball team on his iPad to get a glimpse of the type of action he and his teammates would face at an upcoming tournament in Hawaii.
July 30, 2014
A pro at navigating the labyrinthine hallways in the Chemistry Building, Scott Showalter, a researcher and associate professor of chemistry, maneuvers from his office, class and a handful of laboratories throughout the day. But it’s one workspace in particular, home to a drum-shaped hunk of machinery — essentially a gigantic MRI on stilts where Showalter is moving closer to the biomedical breakthrough he so desires.
June 17, 2014
Sean Graham bikes to work every morning to the twittering of birds, scampering of squirrels and the stirring of his sleepy State College neighborhood. A computer programmer in Student Affairs, Graham makes the 3.5-mile journey from his home in the northern part of town to University Park campus in the rain, snow and summer heat, but it’s dodging golf balls on the White Course bike path that really ignites his sense of adventure.
October 28, 2013
After a bug’s life: A Penn State entomologist uses the ScholarSphere repository to preserve rare insect collections
Andy Deans is searching high and low for a 130-year-old insect. He knows it’s around here somewhere — but among the nearly two million insect specimens in the collection room of Penn State’s Frost Entomological Museum — the museum’s oldest specimen could be anywhere.