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The Penn State Course in College Teaching – Spring 2015



Description


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. The impact of the course is evident in the number of participants who intend to implement new teaching practices as a result of taking the course.


For the required Course Assignments, participants do the following:

  1. Revise an existing syllabus from their disciplines and explain the rationale behind the changes they made;
  2. lead a short "micro-teach" in which they teach an introductory concept from their disciplines to their fellow CCT participants; and
  3. write a statement explaining their philosophy of teaching.

Detailed instructor feedback is provided for each Course Assignment, including information about any areas in need of revision.


Course objectives


Upon successfully completing the course, participants should be able to:

  • apply effective principles of course design and planning
  • integrate teaching and assessment strategies to enhance student learning
  • reflect on personal beliefs and practices about teaching and learning
  • locate resources on teaching and learning available at Penn State

Requirements


The Course in College Teaching is a free, non-credit course and is open to anyone who teaches at Penn State, from TAs to senior faculty.


Schedule


The Spring 2015 Course in College Teaching at University Park will be held Wednesdays from 1:30 - 3:30, in 315 Rider Building, beginning February 11 and running through April 8. The class will not meet the week of Spring Break.

It includes five two-hour meetings scheduled on February 11, 25, March 18, 25, and April 8 (a total of 10 hours face-to-face) at Penn State University Park and three online sessions. Participants must attend at least four face-to-face meetings and participate in all online activities to earn the CCT certificate.


Required Text


How Learning Works (2010) by Susan Ambrose, Michael Bridges, Michele DiPietro, Marsha Lovett, and Marie Norman. Jossey Bass, San Francisco. Copies available at the Penn State Bookstore in the HUB-Robeson Center. Online copies can also be accessed through Penn State Libraries.


Registration


Click here to register for the Spring 2015 Course in College Teaching.


Graduate student instructors


Completion of the Course in College Teaching satisfies one requirement of the Graduate School Teaching Certificate. Opens in new window

Sample resources


Participants reading.


Participants writing on whiteboard.


Learn more about the CCT's history.