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GA 102: Strategies to Enhance Your Studentsí Learning

Presented by Kathy Jackson, Whitney Zimmerman and Stephen Van Wert
Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Time(s): 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: 315 Rider Building, University Park

Kathy JacksonStudents can make great learning gains when they have a chance to apply or struggle with new concepts and skills. Join Kathy Jackson, Senior Research Associate and Instructional Consultant and Graduate Consultants Whitney Zimmerman and Stephen Van Wert for GA 102: Strategies to Enhance Your Students’ Learning

 

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


GA 102: Strategies to Enhance Your Studentsí Learning

Presented by Kathy Jackson, Stephen Van Wert and Whitney Zimmerman
Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Time(s): 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Krause Innovation Studio, 201 Chambers Building, University Park
Kathy JacksonStudents can make great learning gains when they have a chance to apply or struggle with new concepts and skills. Join Kathy Jackson, Senior Research Associate and Instructional Consultant and Graduate Consultants Stephen Van Wert and Whitney Zimmerman for GA 102: Strategies to Enhance Your Students’ Learning

 

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


15th Annual Conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium Engaging for Change: Changing for Engagement

Date(s): Tuesday, October 7, 2014 to Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


Angela Linse, Executive Director and Associate Dean of the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, Suzanne Weinstein, Director of Instructional Consulting, Assessment, and Research, Chas Brua, Research Associate and Instructional Consultant, will attend the 15th Annual Conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium "Engaging for Change: Changing for Engagement" in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, October 7-8.

Angela, along with Careen Yarnal, Janet Conner and Barry Bram, will present "Institutionalizing engaged scholarship: three years into Penn State’s journey."  Penn State's goal of enabling an engaged scholarship experience for every undergraduate student by 2020 has provided an unparalleled opportunity to reimagine engagement. participants will learn about and discuss leveraging talents and resources across units; capitalizing on centralized/decentralized administration, and scaling up efficiently and effectively, yet with passion and purpose.

 

Suzanne, Chas and Adam Christensen will present "A Framework for Assessing Engaged Scholarship."   The complexity of engaged scholarship makes assessment particularly daunting.  A thorough assessment should address outcomes for faculty, students and community partners. We will share an assessment framework that addresses the multiple dimensions of engaged scholarship at a large, de-centralized university.  Our approach includes assessments of students involved in a projects with varying levels of impact using quantitative assessments such as university-wide surveys, as well as course-level qualitative assessments, such as focus groups.  Student outcomes are aligned with the AAC&U outcomes. We will discuss the use of badges to denote achievement of outcomes, as well as preliminary data.

Item Analysis: Improving Multiple Choice Tests

Presented by Crystal Ramsay
Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Time(s): 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: 315 Rider Building, University Park

Crystal Ramsay

Have you ever given a multiple choice exam, received a report from the scanning service and wondered what all the numbers meant? Let us help to demystify the Item Analysis provided the in the report. In this interactive workshop, presented by Crystal Ramsay, Instructional Consultant, we'll help course instructors better understand how both students and test items performed. Strategies will be provided for improving the multiple choice items that did not 'perform' as well as anticipated.

 

Participants should bring a copy of a recent report for one of their own multiple choice tests as well as a copy of the exam.

Teaching a Large Class Effectively

Presented by Chas Brua, Whitney Zimmerman and Stephen Van Wert
Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Time(s): 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: 315 Rider Building, University Park

Chas BruaClasses of 100 or more can be opportunities to reach many students at one time—or they can be painful to all involved. Join Chas Brua, Research Associate and Instructional Consultant, and Graduate Consultants Whitney Zimmerman and Stephen Van Wert for Teaching a Large Class Effectively.

 

Takeaways from the workshop: Tips on mapping out punctuated lectures, creating a small-class atmosphere, and using assessments that gather key information without overwhelming the instructor.

Teaching in the U.S., Part 2: Advice from International Instructors

Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014
Time(s): 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: 315 Rider Building, University Park

This panel discussion, facilitated by Deryn Verity, Department of Applied Linguistics, will feature international-origin instructors. They will talk about challenging situations they have faced while teaching—and their strategies for successfully dealing with those challenges.

 

Takeaways from the workshop: Field-tested advice from international instructors

 

Note: This workshop is the second of three in a series. Attendance at all is recommended but not required.

Teaching a Large Class Effectively

Presented by Chas Brua, Stephen Van Wert and Whitney Zimmerman
Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014
Time(s): 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Krause Innovation Studio, 201 Chambers Building, University Park
Chas BruaClasses of 100 or more can be opportunities to reach many students at one time—or they can be painful to all involved. Join Chas Brua, Research Associate and Instructional Consultant, and Graduate Consultants Stephen Van Wert and Whitney Zimmerman for Teaching a Large Class Effectively

 

Takeaways from the workshop: Tips on mapping out punctuated lectures, creating a small-class atmosphere, and using assessments that gather key information without overwhelming the instructor.

Classroom Research to Promote Learning

Presented by Kathy Jackson and Chas Brua
Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Time(s): Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Location: 315 Rider Building, University Park

Kathy JacksonChas BruaInstructors often conduct research within their classrooms to gain insight about their students’ learning. In this interactive workshop, presented by Kathy Jackson, Senior Research Associate, and Chas Brua, Research Associate and Instructional Consultant, you'll begin identifying researchable topics in a class you teach, and we'll share tips on designing a classroom study. 


 Takeaways from the workshop: Ideas to consider as you begin to systematically study your classroom


Documenting Your Teaching for a Job Search

Presented by Chas Brua, Whitney Zimmerman and Stephen Van Wert
Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Time(s): 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: 315 Rider Building, University Park
Chas Brua

Experience as an instructor or TA can be valued in searches for faculty, but competition is fierce, so marketing yourself well is important. This workshop, presented by Chas Brua, Research Associate and Instructional Consultant, and Graduate Consultants Whitney Zimmerman and Stephen Van Wert, will focus on elements of teaching portfolios, such as presentation of course materials you’ve developed and ways to interpret student ratings for hiring committees.

 

Takeaways from the workshop: Tips on communicating about your teaching effectiveness and creating a teaching portfolio.


Documenting Your Teaching for a Job Search

Presented by Chas Brua, Stephen Van Wert and Whitney Zimmerman
Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time(s): 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Krause Innovation Studio, 201 Chambers Building, University Park
Chas Brua

Experience as an instructor or TA can be valued in searches for faculty, but competition is fierce, so marketing yourself well is important. This workshop, presented by Chas Brua, Research Associate and Instructional Consultant, and Graduate Consultants Stephen Van Wert and Whitney Zimmerman, will focus on elements of teaching portfolios, such as presentation of course materials you’ve developed and ways to interpret student ratings for hiring committees.

 

Takeaways from the workshop: Tips on communicating about your teaching effectiveness and creating a teaching portfolio.


Equity and Inclusion: Successfully Navigating the Promotion and Tenure Process

Date: Friday, October 17, 2014
Time(s): 9:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Paterno Library, University Park

“Equity and Inclusion: Successfully Navigating the Promotion and Tenure Process,” the tenth annual pre-tenure symposium sponsored by the President’s commissions for equity and hosted by the University Libraries, will be held on Friday, October 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Paterno Library on the University Park campus. Plenary sessions and breakout discussion groups will address issues important to early tenure-line faculty from underrepresented groups, including women. Topics of the day focus on strategizing for success in research, teaching, and service. The symposium will be available by MediaSite Live for those who cannot attend in person. 

 

Registration is open, at no cost, to members of the Penn State community. Lunch will be provided.

 

To register, please visit https://2014-pt--equity-symposium.eventbrite.com by Friday, October 10, 2014.

 

The Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Equity, Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity, and Commission for Women are advisory groups to the President of Penn State. These commissions identify areas of concern, provide a forum for exchange of ideas, and propose programs that can translate into improved practices for our constituent groups at Penn State and improve the climate for diversity within Penn State.