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Faculty Stories

This section of the Media Commons site aims to give our faculty clients from across the Commonwealth a space to share their stories: where their project ideas came from, what goals they had for their students and how Media Commons helped bring it all together.

Sustainability 200 at Behrend

Ann Quinn has been a leader in sustainability efforts at Penn State for years, advising and leading initiatives including Greener Behrend and International Coastal Cleanup. When she learned she’d be co-teaching the SUST 200 as part of the Sustainability Leadership Minor in Fall 2012, she began working Media Commons to develop a video project that would connect her students with sustainable practices, resources, technologies and organizations in the larger community. Listen in as Ann discusses her experiences with multimedia in her SUST 200 course.

Geosciences 320 at University Park

Dr. Richard Alley is an American geologist and Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences at Penn State and is one of several Penn State earth scientists who are contributors to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which won the 2007 Nobel Prize. After years of teaching GEOSC 320, Alley found that his students ceased to be inspired by traditional group projects and, in Spring 2012, he changed to offering video projects with the help of Media Commons. After the switch, he found that his students, who needed to be able to explain paleoclimatology in layman’s terms, were far more able to do so through video. Listen in as Richard discusses his experiences with multimedia in his GEOSC 320 course.

Social Studies Education 430W at Berks

Dr. Jessica Schocker has been working the Media Commons for several semesters. She teaches upper level Education students at the Penn State Berks campus. She wants her students to focus on using technology in effective ways in their future classrooms. Schocker has had students create videos supporting content they are teaching in their student teacher classrooms. Additionally she challenged her students to produce a “virtual field trip” for some of their student teacher classes.

Listen in as Jessica discusses her experiences with multimedia in her SSED 430W course.

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Let’s Hear Your Story…

If you’ve been using Media Commons to help assign your students exciting projects that push them to engage with the topics of the course you teach, why not share your experiences with your colleagues across the Commonwealth?

It’s easy to get started: just run off the four quick questions, find someone to ask them and stop by a One Button Studio or contact your location’s consultant to film your responses. Send us the finished recording and we’ll take care of the rest.