Future Events

New Instructor Orientation - Fall 2015
Moderated by Cindy Decker Raynak
Monday, 8/17/2015 to Friday, 10/2/2015,
Online Course
Cindy Raynak

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 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.

This Workshop will be open from Monday, August 17, 2015 through Friday, October 2, 2015. Last day to register is noon, Wednesday, September 30, 2015. All assignments must be uploaded by 11:59 p.m.  Friday, October 2, 2015.

Registered participants will receive an email with ANGEL access information prior to the begining of the course.

Registration opens August 1, 2015.

   
SummerFest II - A Week of Free, Online Technology Workshops
Monday, 8/17/2015 to Friday, 8/21/2015,
Online

ITS Training Services’ SummerFest II is here, bringing a lineup of free, online training at the perfect time—just before the fall semester begins. Held from August 17-21, SummerFest II takes place just before the fall semester begins, promising a week full of free, online technology training workshops to help faculty and staff prepare for the year ahead!

One of the highlights of this year’s event is the Self-Directed Learning series (back by popular demand), which is a collaborative effort of the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, ITS Training Services, and Teaching and Learning with Technology. This free series of three interactive sessions covers new approaches to increasing learning engagement, collaboration, and promoting student self-management through social media, ANGEL, and more. Through in-depth discussions that reflect on current practices and explore new tools, participants will discover which self-directed learning techniques work best for their classes. The Self-Directed Learning series is a great opportunity to learn how to increase productivity, collaboration, and classroom participation, whether you can attend one or all of the sessions.

You can sign up to attend any or all of the sessions from the Self-Directed Learning series as well as get details on other sessions by visiting the link below.

   
Meet Schreyer Institute Representatives Chas Brua, Lauren Brooks and David Favre
The Graduate School Reception
Wednesday, 8/19/2015, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
chas Brua (portrait)Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants Lauren Brooks and David Favre will be at the Graduate School Open House and Reception to provide information on how the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence can help you develop your teaching skills. This event is sponsored by The Graduate School. For more information about this event, contact The Graduate School.
   
How to Plan a Class Session
Presented by Chas Brua, Lauren Brooks and David Favre
Tuesday, 9/1/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
201 Chambers, University Park

Lauren BrooksDave FavreThis session, presented by Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants Lauren Brooks and David Favre, will focus on some basic decisions that every instructor needs to make when planning a class session. We’ll offer practical suggestions for answering the following questions: What do I want my students to learn? What is an appropriate pace for the day’s activities? What methods will help my students learn? How will I know whether my students have actually learned?

Registration begins August 1.

   
How to Plan a Class Session
Presented by Chas Brua, David Favre and Lauren Brooks
Wednesday, 9/2/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

Dave FavreLauren BrooksThis session, presented by Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants David Favre and Lauren Brooks, will focus on some basic decisions that every instructor needs to make when planning a class session. We’ll offer practical suggestions for answering the following questions: What do I want my students to learn? What is an appropriate pace for the day’s activities? What methods will help my students learn? How will I know whether my students have actually learned?

Registration begins August 1.

   
Getting Your Students Involved in Learning
Presented by Chas Brua, Lauren Brooks and David Favre
Tuesday, 9/8/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
201 Chambers, University Park

Lauren BrooksDave FavreWhen planning a class session, we often focus on what we, as the instructors, are going to do. But it’s also crucially important to think about what we’ll ask the students to do to explore or apply the course content. In this session, presented by Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants Lauren Brooks and David Favre, we’ll discuss active-learning strategies that help students learn.

Registration begins August 1.

   
Getting Your Students Involved in Learning
Presented by Chas Brua, David Favre and Lauren Brooks
Wednesday, 9/9/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

 Dave FavreLauren BrooksWhen planning a class session, we often focus on what we, as the instructors, are going to do. But it’s also crucially important to think about what we’ll ask the students to do to explore or apply the course content. In this session, presented by Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants David Favre and Lauren Brooks, we’ll discuss active-learning strategies that help students learn.

Registration begins August 1.

   
Fall 2015 Course in College Teaching
Facilitated by Chas Brua and Larkin Hood
Thursday, 9/10/2015 to Thursday, 10/29/2015, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park
Chas BruaLarkin Hood

This 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.

Chas Brua, Research Associate and Larkin Hood, Research Associate are the facilitators for the fall 2015 session.

Registration begins August 1.

   
Dealing with Challenging Classroom Situations
Presented by Chas Brua, Lauren Brooks and David Favre
Tuesday, 9/15/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
201 Chambers, University Park
Lauren BrooksDavid FavreMoments 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 Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants Lauren Brooks and David Favre for Dealing with Challenging Classroom Situations.

Registration opens August 1.

   
Dealing with Challenging Classroom Situations
Presented by Chas Brua, David Favre and Lauren Brooks
Wednesday, 9/16/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park
David FavreLauren BrooksMoments 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 Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants David Favre and Lauren Brooks for Dealing with Challenging Classroom Situations.

Registration opens August 1.

   
Finding Good Mentors
Presented by Kathy Jackson, Lauren Brooks and David Favre
Tuesday, 9/22/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
201 Chambers, University Park

Lauren Brooks

Dave Favre

Finding mentors—and shaping collaborative relationships with them—is one of the most important tasks faced by graduate students and postdocs. Join Senior Research Research Associate Kathy Jackson, and Graduate Consultants Lauren Brooks and David Favre, for Finding Good Mentors.

Registration begins August 1.

   
Finding Good Mentors
Presented by Kathy Jackson, David Favre and Lauren Brooks
Wednesday, 9/23/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

David FavreLauren BrooksFinding mentors—and shaping collaborative relationships with them—is one of the most important tasks faced by graduate students and postdocs. Join Senior Research Associate Kathy Jackson, and Graduate Consultants  David Favre and Lauren Brooks for Finding Good Mentors.

Registration begins August 1.

   
Using Tests and Rubrics to Promote Learning
Presented by Chas Brua, Lauren Brooks and David Favre
Tuesday, 10/6/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
201 Chambers, University Park

Lauren BrooksDavid FavreThis workshop, presented by Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants Lauren Brooks and David Favre, will focus on ways for participants to make sure their tests are functioning accurately and fairly in determining what students have learned.

Registration begins August 1.

   
Using Tests and Rubrics to Promote Learning
Presented by Chas Brua, David Favre and Lauren Brooks
Wednesday, 10/7/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
201 Chambers, University Park

David FavreLauren BrooksThis workshop, presented by Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants Lauren Brooks and David Favre, will focus on ways for participants to make sure their tests are functioning accurately and fairly in determining what students have learned.

Registration begins August 1.

   
Teaching Large Classes
Presented by Chas Brua, Lauren Brooks and David Favre
Tuesday, 10/13/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
201 Chambers, University Park

Lauren BrooksDavid FavreClasses of 100 or more can be opportunities to reach many students at one time—or they can be painful to all involved. Join Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants Lauren Brooks and David Favre, for Teaching a Large Class Effectively.

Registration begins August 1.

   
Teaching Large Classes
Presented by Chas Brua, David Favre and Lauren Brooks
Wednesday, 10/14/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

David FavreLauren BrooksClasses of 100 or more can be opportunities to reach many students at one time—or they can be painful to all involved. Join Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants David Favre and Lauren Brooks, for Teaching a Large Class Effectively.

Registration begins August 1.

   
Dr. Michelene (Micki) T.H. Chi, Dorothy Bray Endowed Professor of Science and Teaching, Arizona State University
Monday, 10/19/2015, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Foster Auditorium in the Paterno Library

The presentation is sponsored by the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, The Schreyer Honors College, and the University Libraries. The talk is free and open to the public; no registration required.

Additional details will be posted soon.

   
Schreyer Conference 2015: Transformative Teaching and Learning
Tuesday, 10/20/2015, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Penn Stater Conference Center, University Park

Dr. Michelene (Micki) T.H. Chi, Dorothy Bray Endowed Professor of Science and Teaching, Arizona State University will be the Keynote speaker.

Save the date! Additional details will be posted soon.

   
Leading Successful Lab Sessions
Presented by Larkin Hood, Chas Brua, David Favre and Lauren Brooks
Wednesday, 10/21/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

David FavreLauren BrooksLabs are an important and unique teaching context, and leading them requires resolving many challenges: How can I make sure students are prepared for the lab? What if groups aren’t functioning well? What if my students are at many different levels of engagement or understanding? Join Research Associates Chas Brua, and Larkin Hood, and Graduate Consultants David Favre and Lauren Brooks, for Leading Successful Lab Sessions.

Registation begins August 1.

   
Drafting Your Teaching Philosophy Statement
Presented by Larkin Hood, David Favre and Lauren Brooks
Tuesday, 10/27/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
201 Chambers, University Park

David FavreLauren BrooksTeaching 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 Research Associate Larkin Hood, and Graduate Consultants David Favre and Lauren Brooks, is designed to help you begin articulating and developing your statement of teaching philosophy.

Registration begins August 1.

   
Drafting Your Teaching Philosophy Statement
Presented by Larkin Hood, Lauren Brooks and David Favre
Wednesday, 10/28/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

Lauren BrooksDavid FavreTeaching 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 Research Associate Larkin Hood, and Graduate Consultants Lauren Brooks and David Favre, is designed to help you begin articulating and developing your statement of teaching philosophy.

Registration begins August 1.

   
Improving Your Statement of Teaching Philosophy: Peer Review
Presented by Chas Brua, David Favre and Lauren Brooks
Tuesday, 11/17/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
201 Chambers, University Park

David FavreLauren BrooksGraduate students and post-docs who have written drafts of their teaching philosophy will have an opportunity to receive personalized feedback from peers and from Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants David Favre and Lauren Brooks at this workshop. Participants should send their drafts to SITE@psu.edu by November 10.

Registration begins August 1.