Recent News

Dan Steiner in his Army vehicle

Dan Steiner knows a thing or two about assessing terrain, gathering knowledge sources and weighing human interactions — all things required in the field of geospatial intelligence — on the fly.

Students in the VR group with VR glasses on

When John Beale addresses Penn State undergraduates about using a smartphone, he knows they’re familiar with the device. He’s also certain many students have barely tapped the full functionality of the ubiquitous technology they have in their pockets.

Most 18- to early 20-somethings use a smartphone an average of three hours a day, or 86 hours a month. 

Recent Penn State IT News

Penn State Fayette introduces virtual reality to the classroom

Virtual Reality in the Classroom
Information Technology Services at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus demonstrated use of virtual reality technology for an integrative arts course on March 14 in the recently renovated Engineering and Arts Suite. Students will use the VR technology to design objects in virtual reality for the purpose of 3-D printing.

Unizin Engage pilot helps students with textbook affordability

students smile for camera
Several campuses across Penn State have participated in a pilot that tackles the age-old problem of how to make textbooks more affordable and also helps students become more successful in the classroom. During the past fall and current spring semesters, faculty at the Penn State Worthington Scranton, Schuylkill and Mont Alto campuses have utilized the e-text platform called Unizin Engage, and it has the potential to transform the future of affordable content at Penn State.

Libraries surveying faculty on digital technologies’ impact, starts March 13

hands typing on computer keyboard
Penn State University Libraries is conducting a survey of all Penn State faculty about the impact of digital technologies on research, teaching and publishing. The survey will be conducted from Tuesday, March 13, to Tuesday, April 10, in partnership with national research organization Ithaka S+R, and distributed to a University-wide faculty sample via Penn State email invitation on behalf of Dean Barbara I. Dewey.

IST class helps Penn State place fourth in NSA Codebreaker Challenge

Thanks to help from students in Xinyu Xing's security and risk analysis class, Penn State recently placed fourth in the National Security Agency's Codebreaker Challenge, which tasks students with solving different cybersecurity issues. Penn State’s fourth-place finish is the University’s highest.