UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — More than 500 Penn State faculty, staff and students attended this year’s annual Penn State Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology — the highest attendee count during the event’s 25 years. A standing-room-only crowd gathered at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center on Saturday, March 17, to hear the keynote speech by award-winning author, journalist and radio/TV personality Stephen J. Dubner.
"The symposium is woven into the teaching and learning fabric of the University, and works to offer new ideas and inspiration to Penn State faculty," said Kyle Bowen, director of Education Technology Services in Penn State Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT). "Stephen Dubner’s keynote drew new people from the community to the symposium, and kicked off a day-long conversation on the interesting stories that data can tell when you look for it."
TLT Senior Director Jennifer Sparrow opened the event with comments about how far TLT and technology in higher education have come since the first Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium was held in April 1993. Back then, TLT was known as the Computer-Based Education Lab and served as the faculty support unit under the Center for Academic Computing. The organization formally became TLT in April 2002 and has since helped enhance teaching and learning with technology at Penn State.