Through its signature Digital Fluency Project, Penn State Greater Allegheny is changing the way our students, faculty and staff advance teaching, learning and service on our campus.
The initiative is supported through generous support from friends of the campus, including Jim and Megan Minarik. The Minariks have established a Digital Fluency Challenge Grant, donating $50,000 to the project. When matched by generous gifts from alumni, donors, corporations and foundations, the $100,000 will help students develop vital digital skills that will help them thrive in the workforce. To contribute to the Challenge Grant visit raise.psu.edu/gadigitalfluency.
Tools for Success
In support of the project, all faculty, staff and students receive an iPad® and a Logitech Crayon, giving every member of our campus community access to a vast suite of digital tools which can be used to code, collaborate, solve problems, and communicate in creative ways.
We leverage our common tools to reduce out of pocket expenses for our students. As an Adobe Creative Campus, we provide free access to the full suite of Adobe products, and through PSU Web Labs, our students have remote, anytime, anywhere access to software available in our computer labs. One of the world's best university libraries is hand held, giving students access to books and journals for academic work, or streaming videos for relaxation.
Faculty are committed to reducing out of pocket expenses for students. They select open resource materials without a cost, or create their own course materials and share them through the iPad. These actions reduce text book costs for our students.
Our common tool provides a connection to the people and resources that contribute to student success. Our staff leverage digital tools to reach and engage with students in meaningful ways.
Whether it's the campus registrar who helps with graduation, an academic adviser who helps with course planning, or the student aid coordinator who helps to identify scholarship opportunities, students can easily work with these and other offices, ensuring they have the support and information they need to reach their goals.
The Digital Fluency Project is integrated into our campus culture making innovation a normal occurrence. It is happening among our faculty who introduce engaging and innovative pedagogy into the classroom. It is happening among our students who feel confident in identifying the digital tools that they need to use at any given time. It is happening as we transform physical spaces such as classrooms, traditional computer labs, game rooms, and student lounges into collaborative spaces no longer bound by stationary furniture, and equipment. Innovation is a way of life.