Teaching During a Pandemic

The following is a brief explanation of a few recommended services. More information about each service and links to tutorials for each service can be found at http://tlt.its.psu.edu/profiles/flu.

ANGEL  - ANGEL is the most commonly used learning technology at Penn State.  However, most faculty are not using ANGEL to teach courses completely online, so they may not be familiar with using the complete set of tools available in ANGEL such as posting instructional videos, quizzing, discussion forums, using dropboxes, and taking attendance through online participation.

Blogs at Penn State - Faculty who approach the 1 GigaByte quota in ANGEL can also use the Blogs at Penn State platform to post media files and other educational resources.  ITS provides technical and pedagogical support of these features through a series of how-to guides, hands-on sessions, and recorded training sessions.

Web Conferencing  - Adobe Connect is a web conferencing tool that can be used to create and distribute lectures and presentations. Connect supports audio, video, slide presentations, screen sharing, and whiteboard activities as well as chat and polling.  Live sessions can be recorded for later viewing by those who were unable to attend the session.  In addition to live presentations, Adobe Connect can also be used to create prerecorded lectures that students can watch at any time.  In 2008-2009, Penn Staters participated in 42,000 live meetings and recorded sessions via Adobe Connect.

Prerecorded Lectures Faculty who are comfortable recording their lecture material ahead of time have several options.  They can create audio or video recordings and make them available to their students through iTunes U (see http://digitalcommons.psu.edu/podcasting).  Faculty who would like to sync audio with PowerPoint slides can use Adobe Presenter on Windows or Keynote on a Macintosh, which are available for purchase through the Penn State Computer Store. As an alternative, faculty can create screencasts that combine a voice recording with video recordings of anything on their computer screen using Jing, which can be downloaded and used for free.

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