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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 • 11:00am - 11:45am
Utilizing WordPress Penn State Sites for Delivery of Shared Online Learning

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WordPress is a broadly used blogging and online content management tool. Penn State provides faculty, staff, and students access to WordPress through Sites at Penn State. While there are a myriad of creative uses for this platform, using it as a course platform is an obvious choice. Two of the benefits to this tool are the flexibility and ease of use. In this presentation, two faculty members and one web strategist/designer will describe two courses that are currently using Sites at Penn State as a central content delivery tool. In this presentation, the faculty who developed the courses will provide an overview of their courses as they appear online and provide perspective on what they feel were some of the most important lessons they have learned from their course development. The faculty will provide insight into the current data they collected on course outcomes. Both courses were offered to students, so the students’ perspective may be particularly valuable to those interested in developing future courses. Finally, a web designer will provide perspective on what faculty have done right, as well as some places to be more effective. Those attending this presentation should expect to leave with a clearer understanding of how Sites at Penn State can be used to effectively develop and implement a blended or online course. In addition, the outcomes and reflections from faculty and the perspective from a web designer should allow for more effective and efficient use of time for those wishing to develop online courses.


Chrystine Mitchell

Assistant professor, Pennsylvania State University Berks Campus
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Burt Staniar

Associate Professor, Department of Animal Science

Saturday March 21, 2015 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 205

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