Engaging Students Through Technology Symposium 2012

Inside Out: Using Technology to Enhance Classroom Interactions

     The 2012 symposium explored ways to engage with your students at a deeper level:



  • How can social media enhance your face-to-face interactions with students?
  • How can video and collaboration tools help your students demonstrate their mastery of concepts?
  • How can tech tools free up valuable class time for you and your students, and what can be done with this time?

Event Videos 

Student Panel Videos 

The symposium included a faculty panel, a student panel, lunch and an unconference-style afternoon where participants proposed sessions.

Blog posts

10 to 11:15 am
Faculty Panel
Cohen Hall Rm 402
11:15 am to noon
Student Panel
Cohen Hall Rm 402
Noon to 1 pm
Informal lunch
with presenters

WIC Data Diner
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
1 to 2 pm
Afternoon Session I
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
2 to 3 pm
Afternoon Session 2
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center

Faculty Panel - 10 to 11:15am

Al Filreis
Social Media Relationships

Shannon Lundeen
Video Ad Mashups

Connie Scanga
Structured Study Guides

Peter Struck
Classics Online

Student Panel - 11:15am to Noon

Peter Decherney, Associate Professor of Cinema Studies and English, facilitated a panel discussion with up to five current Penn undergraduates.

Peter Decherney
Facilitator for Student Panel

Scott Dzialo

Taylor McLendon

Dylan Petro

Linda Schnolis

Aaron Wilson

  • Scott Dzialo is a senior in Wharton concentrating in Marketing and Management. As the current chair of the Student Committee on Undergraduate Education (SCUE), he has heavily explored the intersection of pedagogy and technology, more specifically OpenCourseWare and cloud-based collaboration platforms.
  • Taylor McLendon is a sophomore in the Wharton School, with a concentration in Marketing and Operations Management. She works in the Vitale Digital Media Lab where she enjoys working with audio and graphic design.
  • Dylan Petro is a junior in the College, majoring in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE). He works in the Vitale Digital Media Lab.
  • Linda Schnolis is a Penn alumna (C'00), former employee at Penn, and is currently a junior in the Accelerated BSN program in the School of Nursing. She plans on pursuing a Masters in Midwifery and Womens Health, as well as minoring in Global Health.
  • Aaron Wilson is a sophomore in the College studying Science, Technology and Society as well as Computer Science. He plans to pursue User Experience Design.

Faculty Panel Descriptions

Social Media Relationships: Al Filreis, Kelly Professor of English and the Faculty Director of the Kelly Writers House, shared his ideas and experiences on strategic use of social media tools to mentor and inspire undergraduate students. 
Video Ad Mashups: Shannon Lundeen, Associate Director, Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program and Associate Director, Alice Paul Center, discussed her students' creation of video mashups that critique conventional messages in marketing and media. 
Structured Study Guides: Connie Scanga, Practice Associate Professor of Nursing, described her use of structured study guides to increase student ownership of difficult material and to replace lecture content during class time with case study discussions. Connie's teaching has been showcased in the Spring 2012 Penn Nursing magazine
Classics Online: Peter Struck, Associate Professor of Classical Studies, shared ideas on using video modules and web-based learning and assessment technologies to free up class time for better lectures and in-person interactions. He described his experiences in this Chronicle of Higher Education article from June 2012. 

Afternoon Unconference Schedule

After registration, participants used a Canvas discussion course to discuss ideas for session topics for the two afternoon sessions.
1 to 2 pm
  • Tools for Flipping Your Classroom - Meyerson Conference Room, 2nd floor
  • Copyright - Rm 402, 4th Floor, east side
  • BYOD classes - Goldstein Electronic Classroom, 1st floor
  • Social Media - WIC Seminar Room
  • iPads - Booths 1 & 2, WIC Entrance

2 to 3 pm
Lightning Round - Class of '55 Conference Room, 2nd floor

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