March Madness Edition – Spring 2024

By March 18, 2024May 1st, 2024Smeal Academy Newsletter

Smeal Academy Newsletter March Madness Edition: What Riles You Up?

The Smeal Academy is brought to you by the eLearning Design & Innovation Group (eLDIG) at the Smeal College of Business at The Pennsylvania State University. The goal of the Smeal Academy is to equip the Smeal community with best practices and strategies for teaching and learning with technology to support Smeal’s business education and research needs.

March Madness: What Riles You Up?

It’s that time of year when many in our country go crazy for basketball! Here in eLDIG, we are looking at “March Madness” from a teaching perspective. As an instructor, what are the biggest distractions that take up your time and cause you stress? The Smeal Academy wants to help!

Please take this anonymous survey to share your challenges and frustrations. What are the most pressing issues we face in Smeal? This anonymous survey will help us better understand the needs of our instructors.

Please take our survey here:

The eLDIG team is here for the Smeal community. If you want to discuss an idea or need for your course(s), please don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule a consultation at

Upcoming Smeal Academy Sessions

  • Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence in Business Education and Research Reading and Discussion Group – Art Jones, Facilitator

    Join us for the fourth session of a Smeal series on the role of artificial intelligence in our teaching and research, which will focus on our shared commitment to preparing leaders to leverage artificial intelligence responsibly in business. Art will share some trends in fields related to MIS and how they impact his approach to teaching at Smeal.

    Join us on Friday, April 5, 2024, from 9 to 10 a.m. EST via Zoom.

Smeal Academy Summer Book Club

This summer, we will read The Spark of Learning by Sarah Rose Cavanagh. Information will be coming soon about reserving your free copy of the book! Discussion sessions will be held throughout the summer. Stay tuned for dates and times!

NOTE: Recordings and resources from previous Smeal Academy sessions can be found on our eLDIG Website.

eLDIG ID March Madness Tips!

  • Tip #1: Add your profile picture to your SEEQ.
    This is the second semester that Penn State is administering the SEEQ (Student Educational Experience Questionnaire) to students at the end of the semester. Instructors may now opt-in to display their official University photo at the top of their SEEQs. Students fill many of these out, so adding your profile picture to your SEEQ survey can serve as a subtle reminder to students about which course they are evaluating. Follow these steps to add your photo:
  • Tip #2: Give students nudges.
    It is frustrating for students and instructors when assignments are not turned in on time. The Canvas gradebook includes a feature that can help keep students on track. Use the “Message Students Who…” feature in the Canvas gradebook to quickly and efficiently reach out to students. A good strategy is sending the nudge the day before an assignment is due to anyone who has not submitted. That may help encourage some of your stragglers to get their assignments in before the due date!

Contact Us

Email us at or fill out the eLDIG Contact form and we will be in touch.