Podcast Premiere!

By April 2, 2024April 5th, 2024Smeal Academy Newsletter

Smeal Academy Newsletter Podcast Premiere Edition!

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.

The Smeal Academy Podcast Premiere

It is time to tune in for tangible teaching tips! What’s new in Canvas? How do we respond to the emergence of generative AI (Artificial Intelligence) in the classroom? How can we help struggling students? And what does eLDIG do, anyway?

Enter the Smeal Academy Podcast – your weekly dose of actionable wisdom from the eLearning Design & Innovation Group (eLDIG) at the forefront of teaching, learning, and instructional technology in the Smeal College of Business. Join us for quick, digestible dispatches packed with practical tips and innovative approaches to elevate your educational game.

You can listen to Meet the eLDIG Team – Dr. Renee Ford, Instructional Designer by clicking below! Smeal Academy Podcasts will be released weekly and housed on our eLDIG website or follow the Smeal Academy Podcast on your preferred podcatcher!

Upcoming Smeal Academy Sessions

  • Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence in Business Education and Research Reading and Discussion Group – Art Jones, Facilitator (April 5)
    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 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EST via Zoom.
  • Discussions & Announcements Redesign: Worth the chatter? (April 23)
    Have you heard? On May 7, Canvas’ Discussions and Announcements Redesign will be forced on for all Penn State courses. There is no migration or transition needed from the old discussion format to the new one, but this change will affect the look and feel of Canvas discussions. Join us to learn more about this important change to Canvas!Join us on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. EST via Zoom.

Smeal Academy Summer Book Club

This summer, we will read The Spark of Learning by Sarah Rose Cavanagh. Fill out this form to sign up and request your free copy of the book!

Discussion sessions will be held throughout the summer. Stay tuned for dates and times!


  • Tip #1: FIRST@Smeal
    In our first podcast episode, Renee Ford shared some of her experiences as a first-generation college student. Did you know that the Smeal College of Business has a program for first-generation Smeal students? FIRST@Smeal provides support, leadership opportunities, and specifically assigned academic advisers to first-generation college students. Contact Kelly Swigert for more information.
  • Tip #2: Microsoft Copilot
    Renee and Chris also discussed generative AI in our first podcast. Microsoft Copilot, formerly Bing Chat, was recently deployed site-wide as a generative AI accessible by all Penn State faculty, staff, and students. For more information, please see the Penn State announcement. Stay tuned for continuing Smeal Academy sessions on the role of AI in Smeal teaching and research.

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

Contact Us

Email us at eldig@smeal.psu.edu or fill out the eLDIG Contact form and we will be in touch.