Future Events

New Instructor Orientation - Fall 2017
Moderated by Cindy Decker Raynak
Monday, 8/14/2017 to Friday, 9/22/2017,
Online Course
cindy raynak (portrait)

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 Canvas, 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.

Participants will receive an email with Canvas access information after registering for the course.

Registration will open August 1, 2017.

Registration closes at noon Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

The last day to register is noon, Wednesday, September 20, 2017. All assignments must be uploaded by 11:59 p.m. Friday, September 22, 2017.

Meet Schreyer Institute Representatives Chas Brua, Moji Shahvali and Wideline Seraphin
Wednesday, 8/16/2017, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
South Annex, Bryce Jordan Center
chas Brua (portrait)Moji Shahvali (portrait)

Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants Moji Shahvali and Wideline Seraphin will be at the New Graduate Student 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.

TA 101: Survive and Thrive as a Teaching Assistant
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Michael Murphy, Moji Shahvali and Wideline Seraphin
Tuesday, 8/22/2017, Noon - 1:15 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

Wideline Seraphin (portrait)Moji Shahvali (portrait)This workshop, facilitated by Chas Brua, Michael Murphy, Moji Shahvali and Wideline Seraphin, is especially for those who are new to TAing.

It will tackle common challenges such as:

--maintaining a balance of authority and approachability

--handling grade complaints

--communicating in the classroom

--acting as a representative of the course instructor 

This workshop satisfies a requirement for the Instructional Foundations Series for new instructors. 

Registration will open August 1, 2017.

TA 101: Survive and Thrive as a Teaching Assistant
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Michael Murphy, Moji Shahvali and Wideline Seraphin
Wednesday, 8/30/2017, 10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
7A Sparks Building, University Park


Moji Shahvali (portrait)Wideline Seraphin (portrait)This workshop, facilitated by Chas Brua, Michael Murphy, Moji Shahvali and Wideline Seraphin, is especially for those who are new to TAing.

It will tackle common challenges such as:

--maintaining a balance of authority and approachability

--handling grade complaints

--communicating in the classroom

--acting as a representative of the course instructor 

This workshop satisfies a requirement for the Instructional Foundations Series for new instructors. 

Registration will open August 1, 2017.

How to Plan a Class Session
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Michael Murphy, Moji Shahvali and Wideline Seraphin
Tuesday, 9/5/2017, Noon - 1:15 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

Moji Shahvali (portrait)Wideline Seraphin (portrait)When planning to teach a class session, it's important to make sure we've clearly identified what our students should learn. In this workshop, facilitated by Chas Brua, Michael Murphy, Moji Shahvali and Wideline Seraphin, we'll explore how to create good learning objectives and how to make sure our teaching and assessment strategies line up with those objectives. 
    
This workshop is required as part of the Instructional Foundations Series for new instructors. 

Registration will open August 1, 2017.

How to Plan a Class Session
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Michael Murphy, Moji Shahvali and Wideline Seraphin
Wednesday, 9/6/2017, 10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
7A Sparks Building, University Park
Wideline Seraphin (portrait)Moji Shahvali (portrait)

When planning to teach a class session, it's important to make sure we've clearly identified what our students should learn. In this workshop, facilitated by Chas Brua, Michael Murphy, Moji Shahvali and Wideline Seraphin, we'll explore how to create good learning objectives and how to make sure our teaching and assessment strategies line up with those objectives. 
    
This workshop is required as part of the Instructional Foundations Series for new instructors. 

Registration will open August 1, 2017.

Handling Challenging Situations in the Classroom
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Michael Murphy, Moji Shahvali and Wideline Seraphin
Tuesday, 9/12/2017, Noon - 1:15 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

Moji Shahvali (portrait)Wideline Seraphin (portrait)It’s not a question of if but rather of when—challenging situations happen to all teachers, whether that means chronically late students, distracting use of mobile devices, hostile students, or some other behavior. 
    
We’ll discuss ways to deal with challenging situations without becoming part of the disruption. 
    
This workshop is required as part of the Instructional Foundations Series for new instructors. 

Registration will open August 1, 2017.

Handling Challenging Situations in the Classroom
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Michael Murphy, Moji Shahvali and Wideline Seraphin
Wednesday, 9/13/2017, 10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
7A Sparks Building, University Park
Wideline Seraphin (portrait)Moji Shahvali (portrait)

It’s not a question of if but rather of when—challenging situations happen to all teachers, whether that means chronically late students, distracting use of mobile devices, hostile students, or some other behavior. 
    
We’ll discuss ways to deal with challenging situations without becoming part of the disruption. 
    
This workshop is required as part of the Instructional Foundations Series for new instructors. 

Registration will open August 1, 2017.

Teaching So All Your Students Are Included
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Michael Murphy, Moji Shahvali and Wideline Seraphin
Tuesday, 9/19/2017, Noon - 1:15 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

Moji Shahvali (portrait)Wideline Seraphin (portrait)Students and instructors all bring unique personal histories to the classroom. One of our responsibilities as teachers is to make sure that our classes are places where all students -- regardless of their backgrounds or identities -- feel welcome to learn.

In this workshop, facilitated by Chas Brua, Michael Murphy, Moji Shahvali and Wideline Seraphin, we'll talk about practical strategies for teaching inclusively. 

This workshop meets one of the requirements for the Instructional Foundations Series.

Feeling Like a Fake: Overcoming the Impostor Phenomenon
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Michael Murphy, Moji Shahvali and Wideline Seraphin
Wednesday, 9/20/2017, 10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
7A Sparks Building, University Park

Wideline Seraphin (portrait)Moji Shahvali (portrait)Information will be posted soon.

This workshop meets one of the requirements for the Instructional Foundations Series.

Schreyer Conference 2017 - General Education: Inspiration for Integration
REGISTRATION will open Fall 2017
Wednesday, 10/25/2017, 8:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Nittany Lion Inn, University Park

Faculty of all ranks and administrators at all Penn State locations are invited to participate in the biennial Schreyer Conference, set for 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Oct. 25 at The Nittany Lion Inn.

Co-sponsored by the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, the Schreyer Honors College, and the Office for General Education, the conference, titled “General Education: Inspiration for Integration,” will focus on moving forward with Penn State’s recently revised General Education program.

The new General Education program was designed to meet the learning needs and thinking skills required of students who live in a world of interconnected contexts. The requirements will apply to incoming students beginning in summer 2018.

The Schreyer Conference program will emphasize the practical aspects of General Education integration, while maintaining a focus on students. Conference topics will address the concerns of faculty, particularly faculty who will be submitting new course proposals and revised courses for recertification.

Topics of concurrent working sessions are likely to include the following, but may include additional concerns that arise between now and the conference:

  • Integrative Courses: Lessons Learned
  • Linked Courses: What are the Options?
  • Designing Inclusive Gen Ed Courses
  • Collaborating Across Domains: Teaching Outside Your Comfort Zone
  • Managing the Senate Recertification Process

The conference will begin with a brief review of the program approved by the University Faculty Senate last year. To ensure that curricular design stays focused on students, conference participants will have an opportunity to hear students’ perspectives on General Education through the rebroadcast of a 2013 video created by Penn State Public Media.

General Education Faculty Fellows will initiate roundtable discussions with participants during lunch. The conference will culminate in a wrap-up and Q&A with Nick Jones, Penn State executive vice president and provost.

More details and registration will be posted soon.

Instructional Foundations Series Reflection
Facilitated by Larkin Hood and Deena Levy
Monday, 11/13/2017, 11:00 a.m. - Noon
315 Rider Building, University Park

Larkin Hood (portrait)Deena Levy (portrait)Required event for participants in the Instructional Foundations Series. Participants will reflect on beliefs and practices about teaching and learning in light of participation in other workshops, personal teaching experiences, and classroom observations. 

 


Get Students to Focus on Learning Instead of Grades: Metacognition is Key!
Registration will open Spring 2017
Tuesday, 2/13/2018,
More information will be posted soon.