Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) constructed a digital badge system in 2013 in partnership with the College of Education and with funding from Center for Online Innovation in Learning (COIL). This year TLT Studio substantially improved the system, enabling multiple pilot projects underway at Penn State. Penn State has also received a $500,000 subcontract to provide a digital badging solution to Texas State as part of a grant from NASA to deliver professional development to STEM educators.
TLT Studio partnered with the General Education task force to create and launch the GenEd Website on the Sites at Penn State Platform. The site seeks to engage the community and task force members in a discussion around the issues related to General Education and to disseminate information as the task force continues its work. The task force has also engaged the Center for Democratic Deliberation to facilitate the discussion and contribute to design of features that support deliberation.
This research project in the College of Education explores the use of artificial intelligence as a pedagogical agent. TLT Studio provided the technology leadership in the development, deployment, and training of the artificially intelligent “chatbot” used in this project. Funding for this project is provided through a grant from COIL.
Ann Clements, Associate Professor of Music Education, leads this project to engage with music education faculty from across the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) to create learning modules, leveraging the specific expertise found at each participating institution. TLT Studio provided the design and development of the digital environment to deliver these modules. The modules include video, other multimedia resources, and a discussion space for students to interact with each other and the various faculty members involved.
Study Smart provides personalized study plans for each student and class health report for the instructor of a course, by analyzing teaching and learning activities, identifying areas for improvement, and recommending remedial steps. The system was piloted in Fall 2014 and was proved to be effective. This project is a collaboration between TLT Studio and William Goffe, Senior Lecturer in Economics, and is funded by a COIL Research and Innovation Grant (RIG).
Education Technology Services (ETS) and TLT Studio have been conducting a pilot investigating the use of the Sites at Penn State platform for creation and delivery of online course content. Studio has been developing additional features for WordPress including integration with LMS, a system for content re-organization, and the ability to clone master versions of a course. In addition to this, we have created other features to aid in the use of WordPress on campus such as a wizard to help instructors evaluate student content when it comes time to assign grades.
At TLT Studio, we build things to support innovative teaching, learning, research, and communication. We believe that we can change the world by improving education with technology.