Future Events

New Instructor Orientation - Spring 2018
Moderated by Cindy Decker Raynak
Monday, 1/8/2018 to Friday, 2/23/2018,
Online Course
cindy raynak (portrait)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 course 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.

Registration closes at noon Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

The last day to register is noon, Wednesday, February 21, 2018. All assignments must be uploaded by 11:59 p.m. Friday, February 23, 2018.

Writing your teaching philosophy statement
Facilitated by Chas Brua and Michael Murphy
Tuesday, 1/23/2018, Noon - 1:15 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park
chas Brua (portrait)micheal murphy portrait

A teaching philosophy statement is required by many search committees as part of the faculty hiring process. In this hands-on workshop, facilitated by Chas Brua and Michael Murphy, 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.

New Faculty Colleagues Group
Wednesday, 1/24/2018,
zoom
This is a closed customizedpresentation for the requesting department. If you are interested in a similar workshop for your area, contact us at site@psu.edu.
Writing your teaching philosophy statement
Facilitated by Chas Brua and Michael Murphy
Wednesday, 1/24/2018, 10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

chas Brua (portrait)micheal murphy portraitA teaching philosophy statement is required by many search committees as part of the faculty hiring process. In this hands-on workshop, facilitated by Chas Brua and Michael Murphy, 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.

Preparing your teaching demo for a job interview
Presented by Chas Brua and Michael Murphy
Tuesday, 1/30/2018, Noon - 1:15 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

chas Brua (portrait)micheal murphy portraitYou'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 Michael Murphy, will provide practical guidelines about preparing a stellar teaching demonstration.

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

Getting through the stack: Grading efficiently and fairly
Facilitated by Moji Shahvali and Wideline Seraphin
Wednesday, 1/31/2018, 10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

Moji Shahvali (portrait)Wideline Seraphin (portrait)Do you find grading to be time-consuming and frustrating? Do you spend hours writing comments on student papers but feel doubtful that your comments are implemented, or even read? In this workshop led by Wideline Seraphin and Moji Shahvali, we'll discuss time-saving strategies, ways to ensure fairness, and strategies for providing meaningful feedback.

This workshop meets one of the requirements for the Instructional Foundations Series.

Handling challenging situations in the classroom
Presented by Moji Shahvali and Wideline Seraphin
Tuesday, 2/6/2018, Noon - 1:15 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

Moji Shahvali (portrait)Wideline Seraphin (portrait)It's not a question of if but rather of when — challenging 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 & Moji Shahvali, will focus on ways to deal with challenging situations without becoming part of the disruption.

This event is required as part of the Instructional Foundations Series for new instructors.

Wait List for Spring 2018 Course in College Teaching Wednesday 2/7/18 - 4/4/18
Facilitated by Chas Brua and Edmund Hansen
Wednesday, 2/7/2018 to Wednesday, 4/4/2018, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park
chas Brua (portrait)Edmund Hansen (portrait)

This highly successful 8-week course, facilitated by instructional consultants Chas Brua and Edmund Hansen, combines the best elements of a collaborative learning environment with those of a seminar on pedagogy. Discussion of the current literature on teaching and learning, as well as facilitation by instructors from the Schreyer Institute’s experienced faculty, help prepare participants to design and implement both practical and reflective instructional activities.

The Course in College Teaching is a free, non-credit course. In Spring 2018, it is open to any graduate student or post doc  with prior teaching experience or teaching assistantship. Interested faculty are invited to participate, as well.  The application deadline has passed. To apply for the wait list, please fill out this form: http://tinyurl.com/spring2018CCT

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

Get Students to Focus on Learning Instead of Grades: Metacognition is Key!
Presented by Saundra McGuire
Monday, 2/12/2018, Noon - 1:15 p.m.
Online via Zoom - link TBA
21st Century students come to college with widely varying academic skills, approaches to learning, and motivation levels. Faculty often lament that students are focused on achieving high grades, but are not willing to invest much time or effort in learning. This session will focus on the importance of helping students acquire simple, but effective learning strategies based on cognitive science principles. We will engage in interactive reflection activities that will allow attendees to experience strategies that significantly improve learning while transforming student attitudes about the meaning of learning. 
Get Students to Focus on Learning Instead of Grades: Metacognition is Key!
Presented by Saundra McGuire
Monday, 2/12/2018, 2:15 - 3:30 p.m.
Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library
21st Century students come to college with widely varying academic skills, approaches to learning, and motivation levels. Faculty often lament that students are focused on achieving high grades, but are not willing to invest much time or effort in learning. This session will focus on the importance of helping students acquire simple, but effective learning strategies based on cognitive science principles. We will engage in interactive reflection activities that will allow attendees to experience strategies that significantly improve learning while transforming student attitudes about the meaning of learning. 
Teaching so all your students are included
Facilitated by Chas Brua and Wideline Seraphin
Tuesday, 2/20/2018, Noon - 1:15 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

chas Brua (portrait)Wideline Seraphin (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 Chas Brua and Wideline Seraphin, we'll talk about practical strategies for teaching inclusively.

This workshop meets one of the requirements for the Instructional Foundations Series.

Teaching inclusively
Friday, 2/23/2018,
This is a closed presentation customized for the requesting department. If you are interested in a similar workshop for your area, contact us at site@psu.edu.
Feeling like a fake: Overcoming the impostor phenomenon
Facilitated by Michael Murphy and Moji Shahvali
Tuesday, 2/27/2018, Noon - 1:15 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

micheal murphy portraitMoji Shahvali (portrait)Impostor Phenomenon (also sometimes called Impostor Syndrome) is the belief, despite evidence to the contrary, that one is inadequate, unworthy, and does not belong in a particular role or position. One attributes one's success to luck, luck that will soon run out. "I am a fraud," that little voice inside says, "and it's only a matter of time before everyone else knows it. I don't belong here."

This set of beliefs and the attendant self-criticism can have profound consequences for our well-being, our enjoyment of life, work, and school, and our ability to perform at our true levels.

Impostor Phenomenon is quite common in academia, and both teachers and students suffer in secret. In this workshop, facilitated by Michael Murphy and Moji Shahvali, we will talk more about what I.P. is and how to recover a well-deserved sense of confidence, enjoyment, and satisfaction in our teaching, learning, and research. We will also explore ways to support those students in our classrooms with similar thoughts and feelings.

This workshop meets one of the requirements for the Instructional Foundations Series.

Classroom management
Thursday, 3/1/2018,
This is a closed presentation customized for the requesting department. If you are interested in a similar workshop for your area, contact us at site@psu.edu.
Ten tips for getting started with teaching
Facilitated by Chas Brua and Deena Levy
Tuesday, 3/13/2018, 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.
Active learning
Thursday, 3/15/2018,
This is a closed presentation customized for the requesting department. If you are interested in a similar workshop for your area, contact us at site@psu.edu.
Developing effective rubrics
Thursday, 3/15/2018,
This is a closed presentation customized for the requesting department. If you are interested in a similar workshop for your area, contact us at site@psu.edu.
Reflection Session for the Instructional Foundations Series Participants
Facilitated by Deena Levy and Larkin Hood
Tuesday, 3/20/2018, 11:00 a.m. - Noon
315 Rider Building, University Park

Deena Levy (portrait)Larkin Hood (portrait)Required event for participants in the Instructional Foundations Series. Participants will reflect on beliefs and practices about teaching and learning in light of participation in other workshops, personal teaching experiences, and classroom observations. 

Lecturing Can Be Active Learning: A New Evidence-Based Approach to an Old Debate
Presented by Todd D. Zakrajsek, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Thursday, 3/22/2018, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
508 Rider Building, University Park

Todd Zakrajsek (portrait)

Within the field of educational psychology are concepts and terms that lie at the foundation of effective teaching and efficient learning. Within this one session we will explore metacognition, scaffolding, and cognitive load, as well as new teaching strategies you might implement based on these concepts. In addition, we will use these concepts to better understand why lecture versus active learning is a false dichotomy. This session will have an immediate impact on how you teach!

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. explain how the concepts of metacognition, scaffolding, and cognitive load directly inform how we teach and how students learn;
  2. describe one way to lessen cognitive load for students so that they may better learn the foundational material in the course; and
  3. argue the position that we should stop talking about "lecturing versus active learning" and instead focus on the underlying aspects of creating an effective learning environment for our students.

Dr. Zakrajsek is an associate professor of Family Medicine and associate director of the Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. His most recent publication is Dynamic Lecturing: Research-based Strategies to Enhance Lecture Effectiveness (Stylus Publishing, 2017).

Lecturing Can Be Active Learning: A New Evidence-Based Approach to an Old Debate
Presented by Todd D. Zakrajsek, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Wednesday, 4/4/2018, Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Online via Zoom: https://psu.zoom.us/j/7883671959

Todd Zakrajsek (portrait)Within the field of educational psychology are concepts and terms that lie at the foundation of effective teaching and efficient learning. Within this one session we will explore metacognition, scaffolding, and cognitive load, as well as new teaching strategies you might implement based on these concepts. In addition, we will use these concepts to better understand why lecture versus active learning is a false dichotomy. This session will have an immediate impact on how you teach!

By the end of this session, participants will be able to

  1. explain how the concepts of metacognition, scaffolding, and cognitive load directly inform how we teach and how students learn;
  2. describe one way to lessen cognitive load for students so that they may better learn the foundational material in the course; and
  3. argue the position that we should stop talking about "lecturing versus active learning" and instead focus on the underlying aspects of creating an effective learning environment for our students.

Dr. Zakrajsek is an associate professor of Family Medicine and associate director of the Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. His most recent publication is Dynamic Lecturing: Research-based Strategies to Enhance Lecture Effectiveness (Stylus Publishing, 2017).

To join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://psu.zoom.us/j/7883671959

You may be asked to enter Meeting ID # 788 367 1959.

Atttributes of a good teacher / developing a teaching persona
Thursday, 4/5/2018,
This is a closed presentation customized for the requesting department. If you are interested in a similar workshop for your area, contact us at site@psu.edu.
Handling hot topics and sensitive moments in the classroom
Wednesday, 4/11/2018,
This is a closed presentation customized for the requesting department. If you are interested in a similar workshop for your area, contact us at site@psu.edu.