January

New Instructor Orientation Spring 2020
Monday, 1/13/2020 to Friday, 2/28/2020
Online course

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 learning 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 a registration confirmation immediately,  followed by an email within two business days with Canvas access instructions.

The last day to register is noon, Wednesday, February 26, 2020. All assignments must be uploaded by 11:59 p.m. Friday, February 28, 2020.

 
Handling Challenging Classroom Moments
Facilitated by Sara Cavallo and Jamie Kim, Graduate Instructional Consultants
Tuesday, 1/28/2020, 12:05 - 1:20 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

Sara Cavallo (Portrait)Jamie Kim (Portrait) It's not a question of if, but rather of when—challenging situations happen to all instructors, whether that means chronically late students, distracting use of mobile devices, hostile students, or some other behavior. 

This workshop, facilitated by Sara Cavallo and Jamie Kim, will focus on ways to deal with challenging situations without becoming part of the disruption.  

The workshop satisfies a requirement for the Instructional Foundations Series. 

Writing a Teaching Statement for the Job Market
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Assistant Research Professor and Deena Levy, Assistant Research Professor
Wednesday, 1/29/2020, 10:10 - 11:25 a.m
315 Rider Building, University Park

Chas Brua (Portrait)Deena Levy (Portrait)A teaching statement (also called a teaching philosophy) is required by many search committees as part of the faculty hiring process. In this hands-on workshop, facilitated by Chas Brua and Deena Levy, participants will identify their central beliefs about teaching and will consider kinds of evidence they can use to show those beliefs in action. 

This workshop satisfies a requirement for the Instructional Foundations Series for new instructors. The session is part of "double feature": a workshop on preparing a teaching demo for the job market will follow at 11:45 a.m. Participants can attend either or both.

Preparing Your Teaching Demo for a Job Interview (part of a double feature)
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Assistant Research Professor and Deena Levy, Assistant Research Professor
Wednesday, 1/29/2020, 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park
Chas Brua (Portrait)Deena Levy (Portrait) You’ve got one chance to showcase your teaching talents but don’t know where to begin. Feeling nervous about your teaching demo and wondering how you should go about preparing to "teach" your prospective colleagues or students? This workshop, facilitated by Chas Brua and Deena Levy, will provide practical guidelines about preparing a stellar teaching demonstration.
   
The workshop satisfies a requirement for the Instructional Foundations Series for new instructors. This session is part of a "double feature": A workshop on writing a teaching philosophy statement will precede this one (at 10:10 a.m.). Participants can attend either or both workshops.