August

New Instructor Orientation - Fall 2016
Moderated by Cindy Decker Raynak
Monday, 8/15/2016 to Friday, 9/23/2016,
Online Course
cindy raynak (portrait)

Good teaching involves planning, lots of it and at every level. This online, self-directed workshop, open to all new instructors at Penn State, is offered at the start of each semester through Canvas, Penn State’s course management system.

Moderated by Cindy Decker Raynak, Senior Instructional Designer, this self directed workshop will provide you with a brief introduction to the resources and strategies that are crucial to good teaching and planning.

Registered participants will receive an email with Canvas access information in August prior to the beginning of the course.

This Workshop is open from Monday, August 15, 2016 – Friday, September 23, 2016.

The last day to register is noon, Wednesday, September 21, 2016. All assignments must be uploaded by 11:59 p.m. Friday, September 23, 2016.

TA 101: Survive and Thrive as a Teaching Assistant
Facilitators: Chas Brua, David Favre and Moji Shahvali
Thursday, 8/25/2016, Noon - 1:15 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

David Favre (portrait)Moji Shahvali (portrait)This workshop is for those new to TAing and will tackle common challenges such as:

  •  maintaining a balance of authority and approachability,
  • handling grade complaints,
  •  communicating in the classroom, and
  • acting as a representative of the course instructor. 

This workshop satisfies a requirement for the Instructional Foundations Series for new instructors.

How to Plan a Class Session
Facilitators: Chas Brua, David Favre, and Moji Shahvali
Wednesday, 8/31/2016, 10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
7A Sparks Building, University Park


David Favre (portrait)Moji Shahvali (portrait)This interactive workshop will focus on identifying learning objectives for a single class session and the importance of aligning assessments and learning activities with those objectives.

This workshop is required as part of the Instructional Foundations Series for new instructors.