Engaging Students Through Technology Symposium 2016

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Friday, October 28, 2016
10:00AM - 3:30PM
Class of '78 Pavilion, Kislak Center
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center


The annual Engaging Students Through Technology symposium shines a spotlight on innovative uses of technology in the classroom and provides faculty with an opportunity to share their experiences with colleagues from across the university. Student & faculty panel discussions, breakout sessions, and lightning round talks will give each attendee an opportunity to hear first-hand about techniques and technologies currently in use and leave them with new ideas they can incorporate in their own courses.


Video and slides from the event will be posted as they become available.  



Time/Location Program Video 
9:30am - 10:00am
Goldstein Gallery Lobby, 6th floor 
Breakfast & Check-In  
10:00am - 10:10am
Class of '78 Pavilion, 6th floor 
10:10am - 10:30am
Class of '78 Pavilion, 6th floor
Opening Address 
Stewart Varner, Price Lab 

10:40am - 12:00pm
Class of '78 Pavilion, 6th floor
Faculty and Student Panel  
12:05pm - 1:15pm
Various Locations 
Lunch and Faculty Panelist "Deep Dive" Sessions  
1:30pm - 2:15pm
Class of '78 Pavilion, 6th floor
Lightning Round Presentations   
2:30pm - 3:15pm
Various Locations 
Lightning Round "Deep Dive" Sessions and Tours   
3:15pm - 3:30pm
Collaborative Classroom, Rm 113, 1st floor
Closing: Share Your Takeaways   



Unless noted, all activities will take place in the Kislak Center on the 6th floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center.  

9:30am - 10:00am:  Breakfast & Check-In 

Guests can check in upon arrival at the Kislak Center in Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center.  A welcome table will be set up just in front of the elevators.  Breakfast will be available in the Goldstein Gallery Lobby for all guests to enjoy.  

10:00am - 10:10am:  Welcome by Kim Eke, Director of Teaching, Research, and Learning (The Penn Libraries)

10:10am - 10:30am:  Opening Address: "Engaging Technology with Students" by Stewart Varner (video)

Stewart Varner

Stewart joined Penn in September 2016 as the Managing Director of the Price Lab for Digital Humanities. Prior to Penn he served as the Digital Scholarship Librarian at UNC-Chapel Hill, and the Digital Scholarship Coordinator at Emory. He earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from Emory and his Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas.

10:40am - 12:00pm:  Faculty and Student Panel 


Peter Decherney

John Bassani

David Comberg

Amy Durham

Susan Meyer

Peter Decherney
Peter Decherney is a professor of Cinema & Media Studies and English at the University of Pennsylvania with a secondary appointment at the Annenberg School for Communication and an affiliation wth the  Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition at Penn Law School. His research focuses on media law and policy, especially the regulation of Hollywood.

John Bassani
John L. Bassani is the Richard H. and S. L. Gabel Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM) and Materials Science and Engineering (MSE).  His research focuses on deformation, processing, and fracture of materials and developing models that connect atomic and continuum properties in studies of micro- and nano-structured materials. He teaches both introductory courses, such as Introduction to Mechanics for freshmen, and courses for more advanced students including Continuum Mechanics.

David Comberg
David Comberg is a graphic designer and Senior Lecturer in the Undergraduate Fine Arts Program. He teaches design foundations, typography, visual narrative (with Jamie Diamond) and information design. In 2015 he organized and taught the freshman seminar, Writing on the City: Letterforms, Technology and Philadelphia Culture. He has co-taught Cultures of the Book with Peter Stallybrass (Professor, English Dept.). He is co-founder of the Common Press and is a member of Class Action, a collective that uses design to advocate for social change.

Amy Durham
Amy Durham is a board certified veterinary pathologist and assistant professor of pathobiology at Penn Vet. Dr. Durham is the course organizer for the General & Systemic Pathology course, residency director for the anatomic pathology program, and director of the Comparative Pathology Core. Her research interests are in oncologic pathology with the main focus on lymphoma in domestic animals. In 2015, she was awarded the Zoetis Distinguished Teacher Award, the most prestigious teaching award in veterinary medicine voted by the entire student body and presented annually to a faculty member at each veterinary school in the United States.

Susan Meyer
Susan Sauvé Meyer is a professor of Philosophy who studies ancient Greek and Roman philosophy with a focus on natural philosophy and ethics. Her monograph Ancient Ethics (2008) is a systematic treatment of Plato’s, Aristotle’s, Epicurean, and Stoic ethics designed to serve the interests both of students of ancient philosophy and of specialists in contemporary ethics who seek to understand the differences between ancient and modern ethical philosophy. She teaches a range of courses in ancient philosophy in both the Classical and Hellenistic periods. Additionally, she has taught two large open online courses: Plato and his Predecessors and Aristotle and his Successors.


Jacob Anderson

Grace Hua

Mia Mansour

Talia Wong

Jacob Anderson 
Jacob Anderson is a sophomore in the College of Arts & Sciences studying Architecture. His interests are in design and Mandarin Chinese.

Grace Hua
Grace Hua is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences studying policial science and philosophy.  Her interests include debate, photography and exploring food scenes. 

Mia Mansour 
Mia Mansour is a sophomore in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Science. Her interests lie in space exploration and art.

Talia Wong 
Talia Wong is a 3rd year student in the school of Veterinary Medicine. She is pursuing a specialty in veterinary anatomic pathology, with the goal of working in either public health or wildlife conservation. 

12:05pm - 1:15pm:  Lunch and Faculty Panelist "Deep Dive" Sessions

Lunch will be offered in the Goldstein Gallery Lobby.  Attendees are free to enjoy their meal in the Moelis Reading Terrace or they can join faculty panelists and other colleagues for a informal conversation over lunch.  

Panelist  Location 
John Bassani  Kislak Center Seminar Room 625
David Comberg Moelis Reading Terrace (east end, by the Furness Shakespeare Library) 
Amy Durham  Kislak Center Seminar Room 626
Susan Meyer  Kislak Center Seminar Room 627

1:30pm - 2:15pm:  Lightning Round Presentations 

Presenters will give short, 4-minute talks to share their experiences working with a tech tool or new idea.  The time limits are strictly enforced!  

Presenter(s) Tech Tool or Idea
Linda Lewis, Vet  Pokemon Go for Vet game 
Sarah Toms, Wharton Catch the Wave: Innovation in inExperiential Learning Design
Joe Schaffner, Penn Libraries  Kaltura in-video quizzes 
Katie Ryan and Bethany Hall, Penn ELP  YellowDig 
Catrice Barrett, Penn Libraries LibraryLounge 
Erik Froelich, Wharton Designing and Facilitating Webinars for Professional Development in Executive Education: A Discussion of Best Practices
Colleen Richardson, Center for Teaching and Learning  Smart Sparrow 
Maria White, Nursing  Respondus 

2:30pm - 3:15pm:  Lightning Round "Deep Dive" Sessions or Digital Media Open Houses 

Attendees have the option to take the Lightning Round Presentations a bit further and join in an informal "Deep Dive" session with some of our presenters.  Get a closer look at some of the tech tools presented by our speakers or learn more about the ideas and concepts shared with the group.  

Guests also have the option of attending an open house of two of the library's digital media spaces -- our new recording studio and the Vitale Digital Media Lab.  Staff will be on-hand to greet guests and demonstrate some of the equipment, features, and capabilities of each space.  

Activity  Location 
"Deep Dive" with Catrice Barrett Collaborative Classroom, Rm 113 (1st floor) 
"Deep Dive" with Bethany Hall and Katie Ryan  Class of '54 Teaching Seminar Room, Rm 302 (3rd floor) 
"Deep Dive" with Linda Lewis  Kislak Center Seminar Room 626
"Deep Dive" with Joe Schaffner Weigle Information Commons, Class of '68 Seminar Room, Rm 124 (1st floor) 
Recording Studio Open House   Rm 322 (3rd floor) 
Vitale Digital Media Lab Open House  Weigle Information Commons, Rm 121 (1st floor) 

3:15pm - 3:30pm:  Closing: Share Your Takeaways 

Close out the event in the Collaborative Classroom with an afternoon reception of sweet deserts and savory snacks.  



Center for Teaching and Learning 

Penn Libraries 

Penn Online Learning Initiative 

Price Lab for Digital Humanities 

SAS Computing 




Kim Eke Penn Libraries 
Dorothy Espalto Penn Libraries 
Vickie Karasic  Penn Libraries 
John MacDermott SAS Computing 
Rebecca Moulder Penn Libraries 
Lauren Owens  Penn Online Learning Initiative
Joe Schaffner Penn Libraries 
Cathy Turner Center for Teaching and Learning