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SATURDAY MARCH 21, 2015

The Penn State Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology is both an annual event and a year-round online discussion of ways that faculty and staff are using technology to enhance teaching, learning, and research.


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Saturday, March 21 • 1:45pm - 2:30pm
ConnectED: A Penn State York Library First-Year Experience

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Inspired by 2012 TLT Symposium keynote speaker Jane McGonigal, Penn State York campus head librarian Barbara Eshbach created a game-based program called ConnectEd: A Penn State York Library First-Year Experience (FYE) with the goals of fostering a sense of belonging on the campus, increasing student social engagement, and supporting first-year student success.

ConnectED programming aims to provide opportunities for social engagement and integration in which students make meaningful connections with peers, faculty, and staff through library programs. All events are open to the entire campus and aim to provide content of interest to college students. During these events, first-year students have an opportunity to make an explicit connection to other attendees. Students earn points in the game for both attendance and for making new connections. Points and attendance are tracked by students, using a colorful game board and stickers, and by the library, through the use of a database. The student with the most points at the end of the academic year earns an award to use towards tuition the following year.

Attendees to this presentation will get an overview of the project as well as ideas for creative formats for FYE programming including Flash Forums, Speak Easies, Marathon Reads, ConnecTED Talks, games, and special events, all aimed at increasing social engagement and supporting first-year student success. These programs could be used with or without the game component. Participants will also have an opportunity to experience various aspects of the game, including the connection portion.

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Saturday March 21, 2015 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Room 206

Attendees (10)