February

New Instructor Orientation Spring 2019
Moderated by Cindy Decker Raynak
Friday, 2/1/2019 to Friday, 2/22/2019
Online course
cindy raynak photoGood 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 20, 2019. All assignments must be uploaded by 11:59 p.m. Friday, February 22, 2019.

Multiple Choice Testing
Facilitated by Cindy Decker Raynak
Wednesday, 2/20/2019

 Writing multiple choice questions. 

This is a closed presentation customized for the requesting department.

If you are interested in a similar Custom Workshop for your area, contact us at site@psu.edu.


Teaching so all your students are included
Facilitated by Wideline Seraphin and Sara Cavallo
Tuesday, 2/26/2019, Noon - 1:15 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

Wideline Seraphin (portrait)Sara Cavallo (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 Wideline Seraphin and Sara Cavallo, we'll talk about practical strategies for teaching inclusively. 

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

New Faculty Colleagues Group: EdTech Share Fair
Facilitated by Mary Ann Tobin and Larkin Hood
Wednesday, 2/27/2019
This month the group will discuss the topic of teaching with technology by having an "EdTech Share Fair". Come ready to describe one of your favorite uses of technology in your classroom. No hack too small! No technology too old! You'll leave the meeting with new ideas from others. 
How to Employ Critical Thinking in Higher Education Teaching
Presented by Shaho Saeed, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow in the College of Education and Professional Affiliate at the Schreyer Institute
Wednesday, 2/27/2019, Noon - 1:15 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

The purpose of this workshop is to show how critical thinking skills and strategies can be employed in higher education. The intended audience is Penn State faculty members and, especially, teaching assistants who wish to improve their teaching experiences.

This workshop will examine four aspects of teaching that can be promoted by critical thinking strategies:

  1. Critical thinking in curriculum design, or how to design curriculum in accordance with the target students.
  2. Critical thinking in class and homework activities, or how to enhance students’ motivation to think critically and creatively.
  3. Critical thinking in examination and students' assessment, or how to evaluate students according to critical thinking strategies.
  4. Critical thinking in educational social skills, or how to help students engage with cultural diversity and promote tolerance in society.

The workshop activities will adopt an inductive approach by questioning, brainstorming, and comparing positive examples with negative examples in terms of teaching methodologies in different countries and periods. The presenter will include themes related to current theories and the experiences of teaching experts.

New Faculty Colleagues Group: EdTech Share Fair
Thursday, 2/28/2019
This month the group will discuss the topic of teaching with technology by having an "EdTech Share Fair". Come ready to describe one of your favorite uses of technology in your classroom. No hack too small! No technology too old! You'll leave the meeting with new ideas from others. 
Time management tips
Facilitated by Chas Brua and Sara Cavallo
Thursday, 2/28/2019, 4:35 - 5:50 p.m.

This is a closed presentation customized for the requesting department.

If you are interested in a similar Custom Workshop for your area, contact us at site@psu.edu.