Tag Archives: Weingarten Learning Resources

Upcoming Events for Faculty

I wanted to spotlight three events of interest to Penn faculty and graduate students:

On Monday, April 11, Jamie Marie Estrada and I will hold a half-hour online discussion on the Philosophy of Social Media. (Register!)

On Wednesday, April 13, our panel on Library Resources for Faculty organized in collaboration with PASEF and ASEF-PSOM includes Will Noel, Dot Porter, Rebecca Stuhr, David Toccafondi, Sarah Wipperman and myself. Topics include liaison services, rare books, learning spaces, online persona and iPad apps. (Register!)

On Tuesday, April 26, our Engaging Students Through Technology Lightning Round 2016 is co-sponsored by camra, the Center for Teaching and Learning , the Graduate Student Center,  the Penn Language Center, the Price Lab for Digital Humanities,  SAS Computing and the Weingarten Learning Resources Center (VPUL) (Register!)

Speakers include:

  • Stefanie Alfonso on interactive e-guides
  • Etienne Benson on Using Processing in Humanities Classes
  • Rick Berman on WordPress for City Design
  • Lillyrose Veneziano Broccia on Project-Based Differentiation Via Canvas
  • Caroline Connolly on Poll Everywhere for In Class Polling
  • Delphine Dahan on Using LockDown Browser
  • Julie Davis on WordPress for Prints
  • Amy Durham on In-class Quizzes and Games
  • Andi Johnson on NVivo
  • Ethan Mollick on Looking Glass
  • Kris Rabberman on Voice Thread
  • Ana Reyes on Immersive Terf
  • Arjun Shankar on film and multimodal pedagogy
  • Catherine Turner on Topic Modelling Tool
  • Ben Wiggins on TimelineJS

Join us this April as we celebrate WIC’s 10th Birthday all month!

New Workshop Series: Tools, Not Toys

image of comic strip cartoonLast week at the Apple announcement, we heard Tim Cook boast that the App Store now has 700,000 apps available for iOS users, and that the average customer uses over 100. When talking with colleagues from the Weingarten Learning Resources Center (VPUL) earlier this year, we shared observations that having all these choices often meant that we spent more time figuring out which app we liked best than learning how to use individual apps to their full potential. This conversation sparked the idea for Tools, Not Toys, a new workshop series at WIC this fall that will address how to take productivity principles from the analog world and apply them to using our iOS devices.

Details about individual workshops, along with links to register, are below!

Time Management Apps
Wednesday: 9/26/2012 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Switching your paper planner to a digital one? Using a Google calendar but often forget to check what you put on there? Have a huge paper due and don’t know how to make plans? This workshop explores time and project management through 2Do, Awesome Note and the function of importing Google Calendar to your iPad/iPhone built-in Calendar. Participants will have opportunities to learn strategies to manage your time digitally, review pros and cons of iOS Apps for time/project management and try out the Apps during the last 30 minutes of the workshop (optional).

Note-Taking with Digital Tools
Wednesday: 10/3/2012 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Join us to explore a wide variety of iOS Apps that help you take notes from both texts and lectures. Participants will learn note-taking strategies that are specific to their disciplines, learn how to evaluate Apps that fit their note-taking needs and try out the Apps during the last 30 minutes of the workshop (optional). Apps that will be discussed in this workshop include: Evernote, Dropbox and AudioNote. We will also look at some of the accessories that are available for mobile note-taking, such as styluses and keyboards.

Research and Critical Thinking Apps
Wednesday: 10/17/2012 5:00pm – 6:30pm
This workshop shares: 1) ways to create bibliographies that can be easily exported to your working documents; 2) ways to brainstorm and organize your ideas in order to keep your research project going. Bring your research projects to the workshop if you like. The last 30 minutes of the workshop will be used to discuss specific examples from your projects (optional). Mobile websites and Apps covered in this workshop are: RefMobile (the mobile version of RefWorks) and SimpleMind.

Breaking the ice, ending on a high note

We started thinking about the quality and consistency of our WICshops about a year ago. Our frequent WICshop attendees may have noticed that we have a lot of different presenters. Our staff have become closely associated with their favorite topics – David Toccafondi with PhotoShop, me with Excel, etc. Each year, we welcome three graduate student interns, and many staff from around campus are frequent presenters. We have lots of presenters teaching lots of topics and a mix of attendees that changes from day to day.

Last October, I started asking the advice of my colleague Rashmi Kumar. How do we better connect with people attending our WICshops? How do we handle the staggering differences in prior levels of expertise? How do we negotiate different learning styles – of freshmen, doctoral students, faculty and staff – who might sit elbow-to-elbow in the same session, but expect different levels of attention. How do we engage students sitting here because their professor requires it, but deeply convinced they need no help with new technologies?

After several great conversations, I invited Rashmi to spend this spring observing our workshops, talking with all of us, and giving us her expert advice on simple ways to improve and standardize what we do. Today, I’m very happy to announce the results – available for general public use – the Tools and Technologies Instruction Model. We began following her advice almost immediately. It is quite amazing how simple ideas are often the most powerful. One idea I use frequently now is to end on a high note. I describe what I taught that session instead of bemoaning everything I had planned to do but did not get time to cover!

I’m glad Rashmi has recently joined the Weingarten Learning Resources Center (VPUL), one of our Program Partners, and I am looking forward to her presentation here at Penn Libraries this September.

Learning How to Study Better – Online!

At the Weingarten Learning Resources Center, we offer workshops (and private appointments) on study skills and strategies, but recently we decided to try a new medium: online workshops using Adobe Connect.

When my supervisor first asked if I was interested in giving an online workshop on math and science strategies, I was skeptical: as a teacher, I want a very interactive classroom. I want constant feedback from students – questions and comments of course, but also body language, tone of voice, etc – so I can adapt my presentation and facilitate discussion accordingly. I want students to be able to interact with each other, not just listen to me. Continue reading Learning How to Study Better – Online!

Time Management Fundamentals (4/19/11)

In college and beyond, effective time management is an indispensable skill.  Lynda.com has created an online course to help you use your valuable time in the most efficient manner possible. The course includes principles for staying organized, consolidating the workspace, keeping a clear mind, and developing a time budget. Also covered are techniques for managing a full inbox, processing email, and reserving time for the most important activities.  Ask at the WIC Desk or in the Digital Media Lab if you’d like us to log you in to Lynda.com so you can watch the videos.  Or check out the online workshop here:


You should also be aware of services we offer right here in the Weigle Information Commons. The Weingarten Learning Resources Center, provides walk-in assistance in Room 125 with project planning, reading, study strategies and time management:

Monday, 4 to 7 pm
Wednesday, 4 to 7 pm
Thursday, 4 to 7 pm
To contact Weingarten Learning Resources Center: phone 215-573-9235

Second Life: Frank Conversations (2/10/09)

Chia-Ying Pan from the Weingarten Learning Resources Center used the virtual roundtable in WIC’s Second Life campus to host an informal conversation with international students. More than 25 students participated virtually and discussed academic integrity, intercultural communication, teamwork, grading system differences and strategies for class participation. Chia-Ying observed that attendance was high in Second Life and questions were frank and clear.

Penn's Campus on Second Life
Penn Campus and Virtual Round Table in Second Life