teaching resources

Instructional Technology & Pedagogy Support Services for Faculty

SAS Computing and other groups at Penn offer a variety of services to support the effective use of technology for teaching. 

Linking to a Video on Penn+Box

It's possible to use Penn+Box to post a video file and then link to it or embed it in a web page (for example, in Canvas). Here are instructions.

Respondus Lockdown Browser PIlot Program: A Secure Browser for Online Tests & Quizzes.

Many faculty want students to use computers for taking quizzes or tests, but also want to prevent access to the internet or other resources during the test. The Respondus Lockdown Browser is a special web browser that students can use when taking tests in Canvas.   Once a test is started, students are locked into it until they submit it for grading; they are unable to access other web sites or programs. The Lockdown Browser is intended for use in on-campus, proctored settings.

The End of Blackboard at Penn

The Blackboard course management system is longer be available. Neither students nor instructors are able to log in. All sites are archived for future use.

Blackboard Phaseout Nearly Complete

Our transition from Blackboard to Canvas is approaching its final stages. Blackboard will no longer be available as of 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 30, 2014.

Moving materials from a Blackboard course site into Canvas

As of 5:00pm on May 30, 2014, you can no longer be able to log in to Blackboard.

Setting Up Piazza in Canvas

Piazza has been integrated into Canvas for courses taught in the School of Arts & Sciences. It is an external tool. Here are instructions for adding Piazza to your Canvas site.

Blogs in Canvas

Campus Pack blogs have been integrated into Canvas as external tools for courses taught in the School of Arts & Sciences. These are the same blogs that have been available in Blackboard. Here are instructions for creating a Campus Pack blog in Canvas and for creating a link to the blog to make it easy for students to find.

Canvas Basics

This page describes the essential basics of Canvas for the instructor who only needs to upload a syllabus and readings.

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