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Please note: the location for this event is the Goldstein Electronic Classroom, Room 114, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center


  • Catherine Turner, Ph.D., Senior Associate Director, Center for Teaching & Learning
  • Joe Schaffner, Courseware Support Librarian, Penn Libraries


In this workshop, we will share how technology can help faculty, TAs, and staff innovate class assignments. 
For faculty, TAs, and staff. 

Participants will consider: "What do you want students to take away from class?" Workshop facilitators will model classroom scenarios to demonstrate how technology can help students achieve learning goals through assignments. We will discuss what makes an assignment innovative (i.e., how it helps students learn in new ways), what makes it effective (i.e., how it produces evidence of learning), and how technology helps faculty, TAs, and staff create these types of assignments. Participants will explore instructional technology tools and develop assignments of their own.  


The workshop will include demonstrations of and hands-on experience with:

  • Canvas (discussions, groups, quizzes, etc.)
  • Qualtrics (surveys)
  • Piazza (communication and collaboration)
  • Poll Everywhere (real-time polling)
  • PowerNotes (annotation tool)
  • VoiceThread (multimedia presentation tool)


This workshop is intended for all disciplines and instructional levels (ungraduate, graduate, and professional). Modelling scenarios will be take from from the humanities, STEM, and language education. 

Workshop Learning Objectives:

Upon completing this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Find information about technology available at Penn for teaching, research, and learning
  • Explore technology for designing assignments
  • Select appropriate technology for innovative, effective assignments
  • Integrate technology-mediated activities throughout a course 


This workshop is for:

  • Faculty 
  • TAs
  • Staff who provide pedagogical and/or technological support for instructors or TAs

Related LibGuide: Digital Pedagogy Workshop Series by Joe Schaffner

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
Digital Pedagogy, Featured
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Event Organizer

Katie Rawson