Future Events

Team-based learning
Monday, 1/7/2019

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.

New Instructor Orientation Spring 2019
Moderated by Cindy Decker Raynak
Monday, 1/7/2019 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.

How to Plan a Class Session
Facilitated by Wideline Seraphin and Sara Cavallo
Tuesday, 1/15/2019, Noon - 1:15 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park
wideline seraphin portraitsara cavallo portraitWhen planning to lead a class session, it's important to make sure we've clearly identified what our students should learn. In this workshop, facilitated by Wideline Seraphin and Sara Cavallo, we'll explore how to create good learning objectives and how to make sure our teaching and assessment strategies line up with those objectives. 
Innovative Teaching at Penn State (ITAP) Brown Bag Lunch Series
Friday, 1/18/2019, 12:20 - 1:10 p.m.
TBA
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Transforming Disruptions into Teachable Moments
Facilitated by Wideline Seraphin and Sara Cavallo
Tuesday, 1/22/2019, Noon - 1:15 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park
wideline seraphin portraitsara cavallo portraitIt's not a question of if, but rather of when--potentially disruptive situations happen to all teachers, whether that means chronically late students, distracting use of mobile devices, hostile students, or some other behavior.
   
This workshop, facilitated by Wideline Seraphin and Sara Cavallo will focus on ways to turn potentially disruptive situations into learning opportunities.
   
The workshop satisfies a requirement for the Instructional Foundations Series for new instructors.
New Faculty Colleagues Group
Facilitated by Larkin Hood and Mary Ann Tobin
Wednesday, 1/23/2019, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Members of the 2018-19 New Faculty Colleagues Group will meet via Zoom for an interactive session on the topic of "Engaging Students."  

This is a closed presentation for members of the New Faculty Colleagues Group. If you are interested in a similar Custom Workshop for your area, contact us at site@psu.edu. 

Writing Your Teaching Statement for the Job Market
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Deena Levy and Sara Cavallo
Tuesday, 1/29/2019, Noon - 1:15 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

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, Deena Levy, and Sara Cavallo--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.

Time management tips for IE grad students
Facilitated by Chas Brua and Sara Cavallo
Thursday, 1/31/2019, 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.

Innovative Teaching at Penn State (ITAP) Brown Bag Lunch Series
Thursday, 2/7/2019, 12:05 - 1:20 p.m.
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Fall 2019 Course in College Teaching Thursday 2/7/19 - 4/4/19
Facilitated by Mary Ann Tobin and Larkin Hood
Thursday, 2/7/2019 to Thursday, 4/4/2019, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park
Larkin Hood (portrait)Mary Ann Tobin ( Portrait)

This highly successful 8-week course, facilitated by instructional consultants Mary Ann Tobin, and Larkin Hood, provides an opportunity for faculty and graduate student instructors from all disciplines to share ideas and strategies for successful teaching. The course includes discussion and practice based on information drawn from the teaching and learning literature, as well as from the experiences of individual participants. The course is designed to allow participants to explore successful teaching and learning as a collaborative group. 

The Course in College Teaching is a free, non-credit course. In Spring 2019,  the CCT is open to Penn State faculty, graduate students, and post-docs with previous teaching or TAing experience.  Those with no  previous teaching experience should take the Instructional Foundations Series.

The course will meet at 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Thursdays from February 7 to April 4. 

Applicants accepted into the class will be notified by e-mail prior to the start of the course.

To apply: https://tinyurl.com/CCT-Spring2019

Early and often: How to be proactive about documenting your teaching
Facilitated by Wideline Seraphin and Sara Cavallo
Tuesday, 2/12/2019, Noon - 1:15 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park
Wideline Seraphin (portrait)Sara Cavallo (Portrait)Documentation of your teaching effectiveness -- via student feedback, self-reflection notes, classroom observations, and other means -- is certainly important to have when you're on the job market. But it's also helpful for improving your teaching all along the way. This workshop, facilitated by Wideline Seraphin and Sara Cavallo, will focus on ways to collect useful information during every course in which you teach or TA.
Teaching and Learning Scholarship: Doing research on your classroom practice
Facilitated by Laura Cruz and Wideline Seraphin
Tuesday, 2/19/2019, Noon - 1:15 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

Laura Cruz ( portrait)Wideline Seraphin (portrait)As you may be aware, teaching and learning scholarship has expanded rapidly over the past ten years; and the use of evidence-based practice is emerging as the standard across higher education. What you may not know is that you can contribute directly to this body of knowledge by conducting research on your own classroom practice, whether you teach biology, economics, or … just about any discipline.  

This interactive session, facilitated by Dr. Laura Cruz, will allow you to become more familiar with teaching and learning scholarship in general and explore the possibility of researching (and publishing) what happens in your own classroom.  

This workshop fulfills a requirement of the Instructional Foundations series for new instructors. 

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.  

Teach To Reach: Maximizing Learning for All Students
Facilitated by Mary Ann Tobin, Gina Pazzaglia, and Sonya Woods
Monday, 3/11/2019 to Sunday, 4/7/2019
Online Short Course (Canvas)

Mary Ann Tobin ( Portrait)In the built environment, Universal Design enables each of us to gain unimpeded access to a particular place, whether or not we require some form of accommodation. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) applies a similar set of brain-based, research-backed principles to the learning environment. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to identify, select, and apply UDL principals that are appropriate to their individual courses. This course is a free, non-credit, entirely asynchronous online course begins on Monday, March 11 and ends on Sunday, April 7.

This course provides an opportunity for faculty from all disciplines and members of the learning design community to explore and apply UDL principles. It includes 3 recorded presentations by Allison Posey, CAST Curriculum and Design Specialist, and discussion and practice based on information drawn from teaching and learning literature on UDL, as well as from the experiences of individual participants. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to identify, select, and apply UDL principles that are appropriate to their individual courses. Participants may be invited to submit the results of their course work as exemplars for inclusion at SITE’s Tools & Resources web page. 

Writing your teaching statement for the job market
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Deena Levy and Wideline Seraphin
Tuesday, 3/12/2019, Noon - 1:15 p.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, Deena Levy, and Wideline Seraphin--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.
Innovative Teaching at Penn State (ITAP) Brown Bag Lunch Series
Wednesday, 3/13/2019, 12:20 - 1:10 p.m.
TBA
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Awakening: Teaching the whole person through embodied practice
Facilitated by Chas Brua and Kikora Franklin
Tuesday, 3/19/2019, Noon - 1:15 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park
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Ten tips for getting started with teaching
Facilitated by Chas Brua and Deena Levy
Tuesday, 4/2/2019, Noon - 1:15 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

chas Brua (portrait)Deena Levy (portrait)Teaching can seem like a mysterious juggling act, especially when we first enter the field.

In this interactive workshop, facilitators Chas Brua and Deena Levy will share ten practical tips they've learned from the research literature, their own teaching experience, and other faculty—advice about motivating learners, collecting and responding to feedback, navigating departmental culture, optimizing your teaching for student learning, and more. 

This workshop fulfills a requirement for the Instructional Foundations Series. 

Instructional Foundations Reflection Session
Facilitated by Larkin Hood and Deena Levy
Thursday, 4/4/2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park
Larkin Hood (portrait)Deena Levy (portrait)

In this session, we will reflect on your beliefs and practices about teaching and learning. Come prepared to contribute to the conversation.

Registering for this event indicates your intent to participate in the Instructional Foundations Series program.

Innovative Teaching at Penn State (ITAP) Brown Bag Lunch Series
Thursday, 4/11/2019, 12:05 - 1:20 p.m.
TBA
Save the date!  More information about this event will be posted soon.