February

Enhancing Student Motivation
Presented by David Favre
Wednesday, 2/10/2016, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park
David Favre

Wondering why some students aren't as enthusiastic about your class as you are? Students may enroll in your class with many reasons and levels of motivation, which can be challenging to address. In this workshop, join Graduate Consultant David Favre to tackle this challenge and identify strategies you can use in your own classroom to encourage motivation.

   
Drafting Your Teaching Philosophy Statement
Presented by David Favre
Tuesday, 2/16/2016, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
7A Sparks Building, University Park
David Favre

Teaching 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 Graduate Consultant David Favre, is designed to help you begin articulating and developing your statement of teaching philosophy.

   
Drafting Your Teaching Philosophy Statement
Presented by David Favre
Wednesday, 2/17/2016, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park
David 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 Graduate Consultant David Favre, is designed to help you begin articulating and developing your statement of teaching philosophy.
   
Blended Learning MOOC 2016
Thinking about creating a blended course? How you will retain the quality of your face-to-face course as you modify your delivery? Can you do it on your own? The answer to these questions might be found by participating in the Blendkit MOOC 2016.
Monday, 2/22/2016,
Thinking about creating a blended course? How you will retain the quality of your face-to-face course as you modify your delivery? Can you do it on your own? The answer to these questions might be found by participating in the Blendkit MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) 2016 from the University of Central Florida.

This spring the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence (SITE) will be coordinating campus cohorts for the Blendkit MOOC, which begins February 22, 2016. These cohorts will enable faculty to participate in the MOOC and discuss the content within our Penn State framework.

From the website:

The BlendKit Course is a set of subject matter neutral, open educational resources related to blended learning developed by Dr. Kelvin Thompson and available for self-study or for group use. Periodically, these materials will also be used as the basis for a facilitated open, online course. The goal of the BlendKit Course is to provide assistance in designing and developing your blended learning course via a consideration of key issues related to blended learning and practical step-by-step guidance in helping you produce actual materials for your blended course (i.e., from design documents through creating content pages to peer review feedback at your own institution).

During the 10-week course there are both synchronous and asynchronous sessions. The schedule may be found here:

https://blended.online.ucf.edu/blendkit-course-schedule/

There is no fee to participate in the MOOC; however, at the end of the 10-week course, there is an opportunity for participants to earn a certificate by submitting a portfolio for evaluation. There is an $89 fee for this evaluation, and SITE is offering to support this fee for a limited number of participants on a first-come first-served basis. You may also participate in the MOOC and cohorts without submitting a portfolio for evaluation.

If you would like to participate in a course cohort and/or lead a campus cohort, please register on our website. You must register at SITE if you intend to submit a portfolio for assessment or wish to be included in a cohort. If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Decker Raynak (cdr1@psu.edu).

More information and registration to participate in the MOOC is available on the University of Central Florida website. You must register for the UCS Blendkit MOOC in order to participate in the course:

https://blended.online.ucf.edu/blendkit-course/
   
Learning Outcomes Assessment for Beginners
Thursday, 2/25/2016, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Adobe Connect: https://meeting.psu.edu/spring2016workshops/

Are you new to the learning outcomes assessment process? Are you unsure what you need to be doing now to meet Penn State’s June 1st deadline for learning outcomes assessment reports? If so, this event is for you. We will walk briefly through the steps of the process and point you to the resources that are available to help you along.


   
Learning Outcomes Assessment for Beginners
Friday, 2/26/2016, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Abode Connect: https://meeting.psu.edu/spring2016workshops/

Are you new to the learning outcomes assessment process? Are you unsure what you need to be doing now to meet Penn State’s June 1st deadline for learning outcomes assessment reports? If so, this event is for you. We will walk briefly through the steps of the process and point you to the resources that are available to help you along.

   
Creating Inclusive Courses: Not Your Typical Diversity Workshop
Faciliated by Angela Linse, Executive Director and Associate Dean and Suzanne Weinstein, Director of Instructional Consulting, Assessment and Research
Monday, 2/29/2016, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
101-102 Misciagna, Penn State Altoona

angela linseSuzanne Weinstein

What makes this diversity workshop different? Our goal is neither to convince nor persuade. Instead, we assume that you already agree that diveristy is important, that you want to teach inclusively, and that you are ready and willing to change.

During this workshop you will:

  • Recognize that you can take action that matters
  • Make decisions about which actions are most relevant for your courses
  • Identify impediments to creating inclusive class envionments
  • Explore strategies for addressing two of the most elusive challenges to inclusive teaching
   
Providing Effective Feedback for ESL Writers
Presented by Dmitri Detwyler, Multilingual Writers Research Group
Monday, 2/29/2016, 12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park
This workshop is designed to help instructors respond to multilingual students’ writing in ways that are more targeted, helpful, and time-efficient. The workshop covers strategies for deciding what to comment on in students’ writing (including which grammar errors to address), how many comments to give, and how to structure comments to improve students’ learning.
   
Creating Inclusive Courses: Not Your Typical Diversity Workshop
Faciliated by Angela Linse, Executive Director and Associate Dean and Suzanne Weinstein, Director of Instructional Consulting, Assessment and Research
Monday, 2/29/2016, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
201 SCEE, Penn State Altoona
angela linseSuzanne Weinstein

What makes this diversity workshop different? Our goal is neither to convince nor persuade. Instead, we assume that you already agree that diveristy is important, that you want to teach inclusively, and that you are ready and willing to change.

During this workshop you will:

  • Recognize that you can take action that matters
  • Make decisions about which actions are most relevant for your courses
  • Identify impediments to creating inclusive class envionments
  • Explore strategies for addressing two of the most elusive challenges to inclusive teaching