Projects and Initiatives in Information Technology

Here are some recent posts about new ventures in information technology for the School of Arts & Sciences. These posts have been updated within the last three weeks.

Computing Website Redesigned

Welcome to the new website for computing and information technology in the School of Arts & Sciences. The redesigned site, unveiled on September 22, provides several improvements.

Students use high tech equipment and analysis to study motion

Larry Rome and John MacDermott introduce students to cutting-edge motion analysis technology. Three biomechanics students share their eye-opening videos.

When the Matrix was first released, the slow motion shots of Neo, the hero, leaping mid-air through fields of bullets, quickly became iconic. Imagine having access to a camera, in class nonetheless, that could slow time to a fraction of those shots.

Audience Response System “Clicks” with Instructors and Students

Anu Vedantham using Clickers

SAS Computing now offers Audience Response Systems, which we call “Clickers”, for use in classes.

clicker and handsetStudents use small handsets (pictured to the left) to vote on multiple-choice surveys or quizzes that are projected on the screen by the classroom computer or the instructor's laptop. Software on the computer collects the responses and displays a histogram of the results when voting has finished. The instructor can choose to indicate which was the correct answer, or can withhold this information to promote discussion. All of this is easily set up by the instructor using free software from TurningPoint.

Pilot Study of Classroom Recording Technologies

Unpublished

In recent semesters, we have piloted three low-cost ways to make classroom recordings:

New Blog About Technology and Pedagogy

Unpublished

["Engaging Students Through Technology]

Engaging Students Through Technology is a new blog that's available to faculty and others at Penn.  The name of the blog clearly reflects its purpose - we want to help promote ways in which technology can get students more involved in their education.

SAS Spam Shield Available for Facstaff Users

In response to the increasing number of SPAM messages being sent to SAS faculty and staff email addresses everyday, SAS Computing has implemented a new, state-of-the-art SPAM-filtering system on the facstaff.sas email server, SAS Spam Shield.