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January

WinterFest - A Week of Free, Online Technology Workshops

Date(s): Monday, January 5, 2015 to Friday, January 9, 2015
Location: Online

ITS Training Services’ WinterFest is here, bringing a lineup of free, online training at the perfect time—just before the spring semester begins.  Throughout this week-long training event, from January 5–9, you’ll find sessions on topics ranging from ANGEL, timesavers when using an iPad, Accessibility, Box and more.

 

During this year’s WinterFest, The Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, ITS Training Services, and Teaching and Learning with Technology will offer a special collaborative series focusing on self-directed learning. This series is made up of three, interactive training sessions that cover new approaches to increasing learning engagement and collaboration and promoting student self-management through social media, ANGEL, and more. Through broad discussions and in-depth conversations that that reflect on current practices and explore new tools, participants will discover what self-directed learning techniques work best for their classes.

 

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.

 

 

Grad Student and Post Doc Professional Development Conference

****Registration has filled - Please send an email to site@psu.edu to be placed on the wait list.****
Date: Friday, January 9, 2015
Time(s): 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: 117 Henderson Building, University Park

 

****Registration has filled - Please send an email to site@psu.edu to be placed on the wait list.****

 

This conference features numerous sessions filled with practical advice about succeeding as a graduate student or postdoc. Those who currently teach or expect to teach at the college level in their future careers are especially invited to attend.

New Instructor Orientation - Spring 2015

Moderated by Cindy Decker Raynak
Date(s): Monday, January 12, 2015 to Friday, February 13, 2015
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.

 

Registered participants will receive an email with ANGEL access information.

Making the Most of Your TA Experience

Presented Stephen Van Wert and Whitney Zimmerman
Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015
Time(s): 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Location: 315 Rider Building, University Park

Because teaching assistants are situated between faculty and students, the role requires unique skills in navigating potentially challenging situations. In this interactive workshop, Graduate Consultants Stephen Van Wert and Whitney Zimmerman will consider common problem situations and discuss ways to resolve them.

 

Takeaways: Strategies for communicating with students and faculty supervisors, grading efficiently, and getting teaching experience and feedback as a TA.

GA 101: First Steps in Planning a Course

Presented Stephen Van Wert and Whitney Zimmerman
Date: Monday, January 19, 2015
Time(s): 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Location: 315 Rider Building, University Park

This interactive workshop, presented by 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: Strategies for identifying learning goals; guidelines for writing syllabi.

GA 102: Strategies to Enhance Your Studentsí Learning

Presented by Whitney Zimmerman and Stephen Van Wert
Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Time(s): 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Location: 315 Rider Building, University Park

Students can make great learning gains when they have a chance to apply new concepts and skills. Join Graduate Consultants Whitney Zimmerman and Stephen Van Wert for GA 102: Strategies to Enhance Your Students’ Learning.

 

Takeaways: Adaptable and efficient active-learning methods; quick ways to collect feedback on students’ understanding.

GA 103: Creating Effective Tests and Rubrics

Presented by Whitney Zimmerman and Stephen Van Wert
Date: Friday, January 23, 2015
Time(s): 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Location: 315 Rider Building, University Park

This workshop, presented by Graduate Consultants Whitney Zimmerman and Stephen Van Wert, will focus on ways for participants to make sure their tests are functioning accurately and fairly in determining what students have learned.

 

Takeaways: Guidelines for test blueprints, multiple-choice tests, and rubrics.

Applying for Academic Jobs

Presented by Kathy Jackson, Stephen Van Wert and Whitney Zimmerman
Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015
Time(s): 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Location: 315 Rider Building, University Park
Kathy Jackson

Thinking of a career in academia? Whether you are interested in teaching at a community college, small liberal arts school, or a research-intensive university, this workshop will introduce you to the process of applying for academic jobs. Participants will learn about the job search timeline and suggestions for preparing early. Example job application materials will be discussed. Graduate students of any year and post-docs are welcome to attend this workshop led by Senior Research Associate and Instructional Consultant Kathy Jackson and Graduate Consultants Stephen Van Wert and Whitney Zimmerman.

 

Takeaways: Guidelines on job-search timing and materials