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August

New Instructor Orientation - Fall 2014

Moderated by Cindy Decker Raynak
Date(s): Monday, August 18, 2014 to Friday, September 26, 2014
Time(s): Angel access information will be provided to participants via email
Location: Online Course
Cindy RaynakGood 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 Angel, 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.

 

In early August, registered participants will receive an email with ANGEL access information.

 

Registration for this event will open August 1.

Preparing Your Syllabus for Fall

Presented by Chas Brua
Date: Monday, August 18, 2014
Time(s): 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Location: 315 Rider Building, University Park
Chas BruaThis interactive workshop, presented by Chas Brua, Research Associate and Instructional Consultant, will provide participants with tips on required elements, tone and clarity in syllabi. Individual feedback on syllabus drafts submitted between August 1 and August 14 to site@psu.edu will also be available at the event.


Designing Assessments Series

Presented by Crystal Ramsay and Lisa Urban, ITS Training Services
Date(s): Tuesday, August 19, 2014 to Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Location: Free Online Workshop via Meeting@PennState powered by Adobe Connect

This series of four online classes is aimed to contextualize the “how-to” of building an assessment in ANGEL in a larger pedagogical framework:

 

Assessments: Overview of Best Thinking and Best Practices (via Meeting@PennState powered by Adobe Connect)
Tuesday, August 19 from 8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. via web

 

Assessments: Best Practices for Developing Effective Multiple Choice Tests (via Meeting@PennState powered by Adobe Connect)
Tuesday, August 19 from 10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. via web

 

ANGEL: Using ANGEL’s Assessments to Improve Teaching and Learning (via Meeting@PennState powered by Adobe Connect)
Wednesday, August 20 from 10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. via web

 

Assessments: Improving Multiple Choice Tests through Item Analysis (via Meeting@PennState powered by Adobe Connect)
Wednesday, August 20 from 12:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. via web

 

TA 101: Survive and Thrive as a Teaching Assistant

Presented by Chas Brua, Whitney Zimmerman and Steven Van Wert
Date: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Time(s): 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: 315 Rider Building, University Park

Chas Brua

Because teaching assistants are situated in between faculty and students, the role requires skills in navigating potentially challenging siuations. In this interactive workshop, presented by Chas Brua, Research Associate and Instructional Consultant, and Graduate Consultants Whitney Zimmerman and Stephen Van Wert, we'll consider several typical situations and discuss ways to resolve them. 

 

Takeaways from the workshop: Strategies for communicating with students and faculty supervisors; tips on grading effectively and efficiently.

 

Registration for this event will open August 1.