The Digital Age: Enhancing Classroom Technology

After obtaining my bachelor’s degree in marketing from PSU in 2008, I applied and was accepted into the MBA program. As an undergraduate, when I was not busy hitting the books, I was all over campus, gaining valuable experience working several technology-related jobs. Whether it was tutoring students for a computer class, providing multimedia assistance for the Pakistani Educational Leadership Institute, or working at the ITS Help Desk, it seemed as if all my experiences centered on multimedia and technology.

Shortly after entering the MBA program, my technology background paid off, as I was selected for a graduate assistantship and fellowship with the Office of Teaching and Learning Technologies (OTLT). In my role as a graduate multimedia consultant, I have been able to contribute my knowledge to our team’s effort to enhance classroom instruction. This effort is ongoing, as we assist faculty members in adjusting to this new “digital age” by providing technical solutions, emerging technologies, and multimedia support for use in the classroom.

As an undergraduate, the majority of my classes were delivered in a traditional classroom setting. While the traditional setting worked well for many students, I sometimes thought about what type of environment would have helped enhance my own learning. As a graduate assistant, I have been given the opportunity to help create different learning environments, providing students with the flexibility to learn based on their preferred style.

One of my primary projects with the OTLT has been redesigning the Blackboard student orientation course. The course was created to give incoming online students necessary materials and information in order to be successful in an online learning environment. My responsibilities include turning text-based lessons into interactive video tutorials equipped with audio lectures and plain text. By turning the previous “static” information into an interactive, dynamic environment, students are provided with multiple learning options and are given the ability to choose the style that best fits their needs.

The student orientation redesign is an example of how the OTLT team is helping PSU adapt to growing student demands. As the concept of a traditional classroom evolves, PSU is committed to providing new services and options to meet the learning community’s needs. I feel fortunate that I am able to help PSU adapt to this changing world. I encourage you to explore the opportunities available to you at PSU.

Wishing you the best,

Justin L’Italien


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