Future Events

Mindfulness Applications in the Higher Ed Classroom
Presented by Suzanne Shaffer, Instructional Designer, Penn State York
Tuesday, 9/27/2016, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Via Zoom meeting ID: 355309990

Mindfulness is the quality of "being aware in the present moment...[it] opens the mind and gives space for new understanding." (Barbezat & Bush, 2014). Practices that help people to develop the quality of class mindfulness are taught in many secular contexts from helping people to manage stress, to teaching students to increase their ability to focus and concentrate, to providing an avenue to deepen the reflective process. Extremely popular in K-12 settings in recent years, mindfulness is now gaining traction in higher education because of the potential benefits to those who cultivate the practice.

Suzanne Shaffer, Instructional Designer at Penn State York, will discuss the principles of class mindfulness, explain what has been done at Penn State York to incorporate mindfulness practices in higher educational settings, and lead hands-on virtual activities about mindfulness practices.

Via Zoom meeting ID: 355309990

Be advised: you will be asked to download an application to access the meeting.

To start Zoom:
  1. Go to https://psu.zoom.us
  2. Click Join Meeting and enter the meeting code: 355309990
  3. If you do not have the software installed before trying to join or start a meeting on the Zoom website, the site will prompt you to download the software.  You do not need an admin account to install this program on your computer.
Mindfulness Applications in the Higher Ed Classroom
Presented by Suzanne Shaffer, Instructional Designer, Penn State York
Wednesday, 9/28/2016, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom https://psu.zoom.us/meeting/355309990

Mindfulness is the quality of "being aware in the present moment...[it] opens the mind and gives space for new understanding." (Barbezat & Bush, 2014). Practices that help people to develop the quality of class mindfulness are taught in many secular contexts from helping people to manage stress, to teaching students to increase their ability to focus and concentrate, to providing an avenue to deepen the reflective process. Extremely popular in K-12 settings in recent years, mindfulness is now gaining traction in higher education because of the potential benefits to those who cultivate the practice.

Suzanne Shaffer, Instructional Designer at Penn State York, will discuss the principles of class mindfulness, explain what has been done at Penn State York to incorporate mindfulness practices in higher educational settings, and lead hands-on virtual activities about mindfulness practices.

Via Zoom https://psu.zoom.us/meeting/355309990

Be advised: you will be asked to download an application to access the meeting.

To start Zoom:
  1. Go to https://psu.zoom.us
  2. Click Join Meeting and enter the meeting code: 355309990
  3. If you do not have the software installed before trying to join or start a meeting on the Zoom website, the site will prompt you to download the software.  You do not need an admin account to install this program on your computer.


Professional Development Conference for Grad Students and Postdocs
Friday, 10/7/2016, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Foster Auditorium and Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library
Join us for a day of enlightening sessions facilitated by faculty and experienced graduate students! Grad students and postdocs from any department are welcome to attend. The sessions will be most valuable for those who have an interest in teaching as part of their careers at Penn State or in the future.
Free workshops on:

• Finding good mentors
• Getting your students engaged in learning
• Communication tips for international instructors
• Advice from new faculty
• Preparing a teaching demo for the job search
• Prepping your undergrad students for research

Co-sponsored by the University Libraries.

Lunch will be provided for those who register. 

Need more information? Email SITE@psu.edu 
Using Tests and Rubrics to Promote Learning
Facilitators: Chas Brua, David Favre, and Moji Shahvali
Wednesday, 10/12/2016, 10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
7A Sparks Building, University Park

David Favre (portrait)Moji Shahvali (portrait)Test blueprints can help instructors align their assessments with their learning objectives. Rubrics can help ensure that assignments are focused and grading is fair. In this interactive workshop, we’ll discuss ways to use these tools.

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


Using Tests and Rubrics to Promote Learning
Facilitators: Chas Brua, Moji Shahvali and David Favre
Thursday, 10/13/2016, Noon - 1:15 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

Moji Shahvali (portrait)David Favre (portrait)Test blueprints can help instructors align their assessments with their learning objectives. Rubrics can help ensure that assignments are focused and grading is fair. In this interactive workshop, we’ll discuss ways to use these tools.

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


Teaching Tips for International Students
Facilitators: Chas Brua, David Favre and Moji Shahvali
Wednesday, 10/19/2016, 10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
7A Sparks Building, University Park

David Favre (portrait)Moji Shahvali (portrait)We’ll focus on strategies for teaching across cultural and language differences—creating a climate of mutual respect, teaching with confidence, and handling miscommunications (they happen to everyone!).

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


Teaching Tips for International Students
Facilitators: Chas Brua, Moji Shahvali and David Favre
Thursday, 10/20/2016, Noon - 1:15 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

Moji Shahvali (portrait)David Favre (portrait)We’ll focus on strategies for teaching across cultural and language differences—creating a climate of mutual respect, teaching with confidence, and handling miscommunications (they happen to everyone!).

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

Instructional Foundations Series Reflection
Presented by Larkin Hood and Deena Levy
Tuesday, 11/1/2016, 11:00 a.m. - Noon
315 Rider Building, University Park

Larkin Hood (portrait)Deena Levy (portrait)This is the capstone meeting for the Instructional Foundations Series, a series of workshops for grad students and postdoctoral scholars from all disciplines.

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First Steps in Planning an Entire Course
Facilitators: Chas Brua, David Favre and Moji Shahvali
Wednesday, 11/2/2016, 10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
7A Sparks Building, University Park

David Favre (portrait)Moji Shahvali (portrait)So you’ve been asked to lead a course—now what? This interactive workshop will focus on strategies for determining course goals, timelines, and syllabus content.

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


First Steps in Planning an Entire Course
Facilitators: Chas Brua, Moji Shahvali and David Favre
Thursday, 11/3/2016, Noon - 1:15 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

Moji Shahvali (portrait)David Favre (portrait)So you’ve been asked to lead a course—now what? This interactive workshop will focus on strategies for determining course goals, timelines, and syllabus content. 

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


How to Write a Teaching Philosophy Statement
Facilitators: Larkin Hood and Chas Brua
Wednesday, 11/9/2016, 10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
7A Sparks Building, University Park

Larkin Hood (portrait)chas Brua (portrait)A teaching philosophy statement is required by many search committees as part of the faculty hiring process. In this hands-on workshop, 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.

How to Write a Teaching Philosophy Statement
Facilitators: Chas Brua and Larkin Hood
Thursday, 11/10/2016, Noon - 1:15 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park
chas Brua (portrait)Larkin Hood (portrait)

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