Changes to OL Courses this Summer!

OL 2000 (New Version) will be offered in July only. This is a five-week course in Canvas. It also counts for OL 2700 in earning the current Online Teaching Certificate. Registration is open now and is only accomplished by emailing Cathy Shreckengast (

No other OL courses will be offered in July or August as we transition to Canvas. Look for a re-designed OL curriculum, new certificates, and new programs in the fall of 2016.

Registration for all 1000-level OL courses will close on June 15, 2016. Those courses will end on June 30, 2016, giving participants two weeks to complete. Those enrolled but who have not completed will need to re-enroll when those courses return in Canvas in the fall. If you have questions, contact Shawna Cassick (

Registration is now open for our August webinar!


Providing Meaningful Feedback

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST

Adobe Connect


In this webinar, we’ll be discussing strategies for giving meaningful feedback to students. It is well documented in the research literature that prompt and meaningful feedback enhances and enriches the learning experience of students and our students expect it! Providing feedback is a big part of online teaching and through this vehicle students feel your “presence” in the course. We’ll also discuss strategies to help manage the workload of providing such individual attention. Please join us for an interactive session where we’ll share ideas that can work for us all.

Register here! Please choose “[08/17/16-08/17/16] Webinar 013: Providing Meaningful Feedback ” from the event drop down list.  Registration will close on Monday, August 15. At that time you will receive the Adobe link to access the meeting space. All webinars are recorded and posted on our website for future viewing.


Canvas logoAre you in need of some Canvas help or just have questions about what is going on with Penn State’s transition to it?

Canvas training is going on all summer to help faculty make their move into the new Learning Management System.

Canvas Learning Center

The first stop for many will be the Canvas Learning Center, where faculty and staff can explore Canvas at their own pace.

To access the Learning Center, which is available 24/7, visit

Regional Training

The following are regional Canvas training events scheduled through the end of May. Click on the location to register.

Harrisburg — May 16, 9 am – 5 pm

Hazleton — May 17, 9 am – 5 pm

DuBois — May 19, 9 am – 5 pm

Altoona — May 20, 9 am – 5 pm

Beaver — May 24, 10 am – 3:30 pm

Beaver — May 25, 9 am – 3:30 pm

ITS Training Services

ITS Training Services has Canvas training sessions planned through July. Listed below are sessions through the end of May that are not yet filled to capacity.

Canvas Town Hall

  • May 16, 8:45-10 am

Register for a Canvas Town Hall

Faculty Chat: Using Canvas to Enhance Your Teaching

  • May 25, 1:45-3 pm

Register for an online Faculty Chat

To see the complete list of sessions offered through July, visit Sessions for August and into the fall will be announced at a later date.

It’s Your Canvas. Beat the rush and take advantage now of available training offered at no cost.