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Course in College Teaching - Fall 2014

Presented by Larkin Hood and Chas Brua
Date(s): Tuesday, September 9, 2014 to Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Time(s): 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: 315 Rider Building, University Park
Larkin Hood

Chas BruaThis highly successful 8-week course combines the best elements of a collaborative learning environment with those of a seminar on pedagogy. Discussion of the current literature on teaching and learning, as well as facilitation by instructors from the Schreyer Institute’s experienced faculty, help prepare participants to design and implement both practical and reflective instructional activities.

 

The facilitators for Fall 2014 will be Larkin Hood and Chas Brua Research Associate and Instructional Consultants.

GA 101: First Steps in Planning a Course

Presented by Chas Brua, Stephen Van Wert and Whitney Zimmerman
Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Time(s): 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: 315 Rider Building, University Park

Chas BruaThis interactive workshop, presented by Chas Brua, Research Associate and Instructional Consultant, and Graduate Consultants Stephen Van Wert and Whitney Zimmerman, is for graduate students and postdocs who either now or in the future will be teaching courses independently.

 

Takeaways from the workshop: Strategies for identifying learning goals; guidelines for writing syllabi.


Teaching in the U.S., Part 1: Overall Strategies for Success

Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014
Time(s): 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: 315 Rider Building, University Park

This interactive workshop, presented by Meredith Doran of the Center for Language Acquisition and Chas Brua, Research Associate and Instructional Consultant, will focus on communication strategies that will be helpful for international instructors teaching at Penn State. Topics will include strategies for setting expectations, projecting both authority and approachability, and negotiating breakdowns in communication.

 

Takeaways from the workshop: Problem-solving strategies for common communication challenges

 

Note: This workshop is the first of three in a series. Attendance at all is recommended but not required.

GA 101: First Steps in Planning a Course

Presented by Chas Brua, Whitney Zimmerman and Stephen Van Wert
Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014
Time(s): 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Krause Innovation Studio, 201 Chambers Building, University Park
Chas BruaThis interactive workshop, presented by Chas Brua, Research Associate and Instructional Consultant, and Graduate Consultants Whitney Zimmerman and Stephen Van Wert, is for graduate students and postdocs who either now or in the future will be teaching courses independently.

 

Takeaways from the workshop: Strategies for identifying learning goals; guidelines for writing syllabi.


Microaggressions and Marginality: Manifestation, Dynamics, and Impact

Presented by Dr. Derald Wing Sue, professor of psychology and education, Columbia University
Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Time(s): 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Presidents Hall, The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, University Park

The Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity is pleased to announce a visit by Dr. Derald Wing Sue, professor of psychology and education at Columbia University and a pioneer in multicultural counseling and education, Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 3:30–5:00 p.m. in Presidents Hall at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus.


Dr. Sue’s dynamic and engaging presentation, “Microaggressions and Marginality: Manifestation, Dynamics, and Impact,” will reflect his most recent research on how everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, have a powerful impact upon the psychological well-being of marginalized groups and affect their standard of living by creating inequities in education, employment, and health care. Dr. Sue’s research on microaggressions has been heralded as one of the most important recent developments in studying racism, sexism, and heterosexism. His presentation will focus specifically on microaggressions in higher education, and will be followed by a question and answer period. The annual joint reception of the Senior Faculty Mentor and the Forum on Black Affairs will follow this event to welcome new and returning faculty of color and African American faculty and staff.

 

For those units not at University Park, the session will be available via Polycom. If you wish to participate in this event remotely, contact Mike Blanco at mhb4@psu.edu.

 

Dr. Sue’s visit is part of Educational Equity’s ongoing series on Best Practices in Diversity and is co-sponsored by the:

Forum on Black Affairs

Assistant Dean for Multicultural Programs, College of Education

College of Health and Human Development, Office of Diversity Enhancement Programs

College of Information Sciences and Technology

Commission for Women

Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Equity

Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity

Department of Psychology and the BRIDGE Diversity Alliance

Diversity Enhancement Programs, Smeal College of Business

Multicultural Equity Programs, College of the Liberal Arts

Office of Graduate Educational Equity Programs

Office of Multicultural Affairs, College of Agricultural Sciences

Paul Robeson Cultural Center

Presidential Leadership Academy

Schreyer Honors College

Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence

University Libraries Diversity Committee

University Office of Global Programs

Coping with Challenging Situations in Class

Presented by Chas Brua, Stephen Van Wert and Whitney Zimmerman
Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Time(s): 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: 315 Rider Building, University Park

Chas BruaMoments of conflict … questions you don’t know the answer to … students who have not done the reading…. The issue is not whether these situations will occur in your class, but rather how to cope effectively when they do. Join Chas Brua, Research Associate and Instructional Consultant, and Graduate Consultants Stephen Van Wert and Whitney Zimmerman for Coping with Challenging Situations in Class. 

 

Takeaways from the workshop: Processes for anticipating and dealing with challenges.


Coping with Challenging Situations in Class

Presented by Chas Brua, Whitney Zimmerman and Stephen Van Wert
Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Time(s): 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Krause Innovation Studio, 201 Chambers Building, University Park
Chas BruaMoments of conflict … questions you don’t know the answer to … students who have not done the reading…. The issue is not whether these situations will occur in your class, but rather how to cope effectively when they do. Join Chas Brua, Research Associate and Instructional Consultant, and Graduate Consultants Stephen Van Wert and Whitney Zimmerman for Coping with Challenging Situations in Class. 

 

Takeaways from the workshop: Processes for anticipating and dealing with challenges.


Designing Effective Multiple Choice Tests—A “Flipped” Workshop

Presented by Crystal Ramsay
Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Time(s): 9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Location: 315 Rider Building, University Park
Do you administer a lot of multiple choice exams or quizzes? Are you serious about wanting to improve their quality? Join Crystal Ramsay, Research Associate and Instructional Consultant, for a “flipped” workshop to improve both your tests and specific test questions.

Upon successful completion of the workshop’s activities, you will be able to

  1. Develop course assessments that align with learning objectives and instructional activities
  2. Create a test blueprint for one of your course assessments
  3. Revise your own multiple choice items to improve their effectiveness

Before the event (This will take 20-30 minutes):

  • Select one of your exams/quizzes to focus on. This could be one that you have administered previously and wish to revise, or it could be a bank of questions that are contenders for inclusion on a future exam/quiz.
  • Watch a 5-minute video guide to creating a test blueprint.
  • Download a test blueprint template and map the questions to your objectives or major topics/themes.

Event day work session (75 minutes):

  • Share questions and insights about your blueprint.
  • Look at examples of good and poor multiple choice questions.
  • Use well-established item-writing guidelines to revise your exam items.

Writing an Effective Teaching Philosophy

Presented by Larkin Hood, Whitney Zimmerman and Stephen Van Wert
Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Time(s): 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: 315 Rider Building, University Park

Larkin HoodTeaching philosophy statements are commonly used in the hiring and tenure processes. But it can be challenging to put your “philosophy” into words. Perhaps you are not sure if you even have a philosophy. This interactive workshop, presented by Larkin Hood Research Associate and Instructional Consultant, and Graduate Consultants Whitney Zimmerman and Stephen Van Wert, is designed to help you begin articulating and developing your statement of teaching philosophy.

 

Takeaways from the workshop: Focal questions for drafting a teaching philosophy; examples to consider.


Writing an Effective Teaching Philosophy

Presented by Larkin Hood, Stephen Van Wert and Whitney Zimmerman
Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014
Time(s): 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Krause Innovation Studio, 201 Chambers Building, University Park
Larkin HoodTeaching philosophy statements are commonly used in the hiring and tenure processes. But it can be challenging to put your “philosophy” into words. Perhaps you are not sure if you even have a philosophy. This interactive workshop, presented by Larkin Hood Research Associate and Instructional Consultant, and Graduate Consultants Stephen Van Wert and Whitney Zimmerman, is designed to help you begin articulating and developing your statement of teaching philosophy.

 

Takeaways from the workshop: Focal questions for drafting a teaching philosophy; examples to consider.


Overcoming Common Misconceptions About Blended Course Design

Presented by John Haubrick and Bill Egan, World Campus instructional designers
Date: Monday, September 29, 2014
Time(s): 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
Location: 315 Rider and via adobe connect

Have you been wondering about or tinkering with blended course design? Bring your lunch to the Schreyer Institute for an engaging discussion of blended course design misconceptions with guest presenters, World Campus instructional designers John Haubrick and Bill Egan.

 

To join via adobe connect: https://meeting.psu.edu/blendedcoursedesign/