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TLA Program at Lehigh Valley Campus

Information Science and Technology (IST) now provides support for faculty at the Lehigh Valley Campus who would like assistance with classroom technologies. This assistance is provided through the Technology Learning Assistant (TLA) program

Technology Learning Assistant Program - What is it?

Technology Learning Assistants (TLAs) help Penn State faculty members use technology in their classes. TLAs spend a semester or more in one-on-one consultations (5 to 10 meetings) to answer technology questions and help faculty use technology.  Technology skills may include using ANGEL, creating Web pages, developing presentations, managing an ANGEL grade book, or others.

TLAs are available to assist both full-time and part-time faculty.

Opportunities for faculty

Faculty members at the Lehigh Valley Campus can apply to have a technology-savvy student provide one-on-one assistance on a range of technology-related teaching, learning, and class management topics. Through the Technology Learning Assistant (TLA) program, students work with faculty in their offices on PowerPoint, Excel, file management, e-mail, web page development, electronic gradebook software, and other applications and tools. TLAs can also demonstrate how to use Penn State services such as ANGEL, podcasting and iTunes U, Adobe Connect desktop videoconferencing, ITS Streaming Services, VoiceThread, and the Blogs at Penn State.

Requests are now being accepted for TLA placement during the spring 2012 semester. To make a request for a TLA, please complete the Faculty TLA Request Form.

The Technology Learning Assistant program at the Lehigh Valley campus is sponsored by Information Science and Technology, Instructional Design, and the Media Commons.

 

Opportunities for students

Students in any major at the Lehigh Valley campus may apply to become Technology Learning Assistants (TLA). The TLA program is a one-credit course through which students provide participating faculty members with five to ten tutoring sessions on technology-related teaching, learning, and class management topics. These topics can include basic computer skills, e-mail and file organization, PowerPoint, Excel, creating web pages, and other applications. TLAs also demonstrate how to use Penn State services such as ANGEL, podcasting and iTunes U, Adobe Connect, ITS Streaming Services, and the Blogs at Penn State. Students in the TLA program gain one-on-one consulting experience, increase exposure to technology tools for teaching, and practice communication and organizational skills, all while earning course credit.

 

For more information, visit the Student TLA Program page.