Future Events

New Instructor Orientation - Fall 2015
Moderated by Cindy Decker Raynak
Monday, 8/17/2015 to Friday, 10/2/2015,
Online Course
Cindy Raynak

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 Angel, 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.

This Workshop will be open from Monday, August 17, 2015 through Friday, October 2, 2015. Last day to register is noon, Wednesday, September 30, 2015. All assignments must be uploaded by 11:59 p.m.  Friday, October 2, 2015 .

Registered participants will receive an email with ANGEL access information prior to the begining of the course.

   
How to Plan a Class Session
Presented by Chas Brua, Lauren Brooks and David Favre
Tuesday, 9/1/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
201 Chambers, University Park

Lauren BrooksDave FavreThis session, presented by Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants Lauren Brooks and David Favre, will focus on some basic decisions that every instructor needs to make when planning a class session. We’ll offer practical suggestions for answering the following questions: What do I want my students to learn? What is an appropriate pace for the day’s activities? What methods will help my students learn? How will I know whether my students have actually learned?

   
How to Plan a Class Session
Presented by Chas Brua, David Favre and Lauren Brooks
Wednesday, 9/2/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

Dave FavreLauren BrooksThis session, presented by Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants David Favre and Lauren Brooks, will focus on some basic decisions that every instructor needs to make when planning a class session. We’ll offer practical suggestions for answering the following questions: What do I want my students to learn? What is an appropriate pace for the day’s activities? What methods will help my students learn? How will I know whether my students have actually learned?

   
Getting Your Students Involved in Learning
Presented by Chas Brua, Lauren Brooks and David Favre
Tuesday, 9/8/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
201 Chambers, University Park

Lauren BrooksDave FavreWhen planning a class session, we often focus on what we, as the instructors, are going to do. But it’s also crucially important to think about what we’ll ask the students to do to explore or apply the course content. In this session, presented by Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants Lauren Brooks and David Favre, we’ll discuss active-learning strategies that help students learn.

   
Getting Your Students Involved in Learning
Presented by Chas Brua, David Favre and Lauren Brooks
Wednesday, 9/9/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

 Dave FavreLauren BrooksWhen planning a class session, we often focus on what we, as the instructors, are going to do. But it’s also crucially important to think about what we’ll ask the students to do to explore or apply the course content. In this session, presented by Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants David Favre and Lauren Brooks, we’ll discuss active-learning strategies that help students learn.

   
FULL - Fall 2015 Course in College Teaching
Facilitated by Chas Brua and Larkin Hood
Thursday, 9/10/2015 to Thursday, 10/29/2015, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park
Chas BruaLarkin Hood

Registration is full. If you would like to be added to the CCT wait list, please send an email request to SITE@psu.edu.

This highly successful 8-week course 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.

Chas Brua, Research Associate and Larkin Hood, Research Associate are the facilitators for the fall 2015 session.

 

   
Dealing with Challenging Classroom Situations
Presented by Chas Brua, Lauren Brooks and David Favre
Tuesday, 9/15/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
201 Chambers, University Park
Lauren BrooksDavid FavreMoments of conflict … questions you don’t know the answer to … students who have not done the reading…. The issue is not whether these situations will occur in your class, but rather how to cope effectively when they do.

Join Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants Lauren Brooks and David Favre for Dealing with Challenging Classroom Situations.

   
Dealing with Challenging Classroom Situations
Presented by Chas Brua, David Favre and Lauren Brooks
Wednesday, 9/16/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park
David FavreLauren BrooksMoments of conflict … questions you don’t know the answer to … students who have not done the reading…. The issue is not whether these situations will occur in your class, but rather how to cope effectively when they do.

Join Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants David Favre and Lauren Brooks for Dealing with Challenging Classroom Situations.

   
Finding Good Mentors
Presented by Kathy Jackson, Lauren Brooks and David Favre
Tuesday, 9/22/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
201 Chambers, University Park

Lauren Brooks

Dave Favre

Finding mentors—and shaping collaborative relationships with them—is one of the most important tasks faced by graduate students and postdocs. Join Senior Research Research Associate Kathy Jackson, and Graduate Consultants Lauren Brooks and David Favre, for Finding Good Mentors.

   
Finding Good Mentors
Presented by Kathy Jackson, David Favre and Lauren Brooks
Wednesday, 9/23/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

David FavreLauren BrooksFinding mentors—and shaping collaborative relationships with them—is one of the most important tasks faced by graduate students and postdocs. Join Senior Research Associate Kathy Jackson, and Graduate Consultants  David Favre and Lauren Brooks for Finding Good Mentors.

   
Designing Effective Multiple Choice Tests
Presented by Crystal Ramsay
Thursday, 10/1/2015, 9:45 - 11:00 a.m.
Abode Connect

Do you administer a lot of multiple choice exams or quizzes? Are you serious about wanting to improve their quality? Join Crystal Ramsay, Research Associate and Instructional Consultant, for an interactive online workshop to improve both your tests and specific test questions.

 

Upon successful completion of the workshop’s activities, you will be able to
  1. Develop course assessments that align with learning objectives and instructional activities
  2. Create a test blueprint for one of your course assessments
  3. Revise your own multiple choice items to improve their effectiveness

**Note: There is a small amount of advance preparation required for participation. (See below.)

Before joining the online workshop (This will take 20-30 minutes):

  • Select one of your exams/quizzes to focus on. This could be one that you have administered previously and wish to revise, or it could be a bank of questions that are contenders for inclusion on a future exam/quiz.
  • Watch a 5-minute video guide to creating a test blueprint.
  • Download a test blueprint template and map the questions to your objectives or major topics/themes.

Online workshop (75 minutes):

  • Share questions and insights about your blueprint.
  • Look at examples of good and poor multiple choice questions.
  • Use well-established item-writing guidelines to revise your exam items.

A link with information about pre-session requirements will be provided to registrants prior to the workshop.

   
Using Tests and Rubrics to Promote Learning
Presented by Chas Brua, Lauren Brooks and David Favre
Tuesday, 10/6/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
201 Chambers, University Park

Lauren BrooksDavid FavreThis workshop, presented by Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants Lauren Brooks and David Favre, will focus on ways for participants to make sure their tests are functioning accurately and fairly in determining what students have learned.

   
Using Tests and Rubrics to Promote Learning
Presented by Chas Brua, David Favre and Lauren Brooks
Wednesday, 10/7/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
201 Chambers, University Park

David FavreLauren BrooksThis workshop, presented by Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants Lauren Brooks and David Favre, will focus on ways for participants to make sure their tests are functioning accurately and fairly in determining what students have learned.

   
Item Analysis: Improving Multiple Choice Tests
Presented by Crystal Ramsay
Thursday, 10/8/2015, 9:45 - 11:00 a.m.
Abode Connect

crystal ramsayHave you ever given a multiple choice exam, received an item analysis report from the scanning service or ANGEL, and wondered what all the numbers meant? Join Institute consultant, Crystal Ramsay, as she helps to demystify your item analysis report. In this interactive online workshop course instructors better understand how both students and test items performed. Strategies will be provided for improving the multiple choice items that did not 'perform' as well as anticipated.

Participants should bring a copy of a recent report for one of their own multiple choice tests as well as a copy of the exam.


   
Teaching Large Classes
Presented by Chas Brua, Lauren Brooks and David Favre
Tuesday, 10/13/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
201 Chambers, University Park

Lauren BrooksDavid FavreClasses of 100 or more can be opportunities to reach many students at one time—or they can be painful to all involved. Join Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants Lauren Brooks and David Favre, for Teaching a Large Class Effectively.

   
Teaching Large Classes
Presented by Chas Brua, David Favre and Lauren Brooks
Wednesday, 10/14/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

David FavreLauren BrooksClasses of 100 or more can be opportunities to reach many students at one time—or they can be painful to all involved. Join Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants David Favre and Lauren Brooks, for Teaching a Large Class Effectively.

   
Dr. Michelene (Micki) T.H. Chi, Dorothy Bray Endowed Professor of Science and Teaching, Arizona State University
Monday, 10/19/2015, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Foster Auditorium in the Paterno Library

The presentation is sponsored by the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, The Schreyer Honors College, and the University Libraries. The talk is free and open to the public; no registration required.

Additional details will be posted soon.

   
Schreyer Conference 2015: Transformative Teaching and Learning
Tuesday, 10/20/2015, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Penn Stater Conference Center, University Park

The 2015 Schreyer Conference: Transformative Teaching and Learning will be held at the Penn Stater on Tuesday, October 20. The conference keynote speaker is Dr. Michelene Chi, Dorothy Bray Endowed Professor of Science and Teaching and Director of the Learning Sciences Institute at Arizona State University.

The conference will include presentations that represent transformative teaching and learning at each college and campus. The format for these presentations is two sets of concurrent sessions in the morning, a lunch and presentation, followed by three sets of afternoon concurrent sessions.  The conference culminates with Provost Nick Jones discussing his vision for promoting and supporting transformative educational experiences into the future.  

The conference is free and open to all faculty, staff and students in the Penn State community. We hope you will come out to learn from and support your colleagues!  Please feel free to join us for all or part of the day and consider bringing your students! 

Please visit the Schreyer Conference page for more information.


   
Leading Successful Lab Sessions
Presented by Larkin Hood, Chas Brua, David Favre and Lauren Brooks
Wednesday, 10/21/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

David FavreLauren BrooksLabs are an important and unique teaching context, and leading them requires resolving many challenges: How can I make sure students are prepared for the lab? What if groups aren’t functioning well? What if my students are at many different levels of engagement or understanding? Join Research Associates Chas Brua, and Larkin Hood, and Graduate Consultants David Favre and Lauren Brooks, for Leading Successful Lab Sessions.

   
Sharing the Lilly Experience: Recapping the 2015 Lilly Conference on Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning
Presented by Jennifer Gibbs and Jennifer Smith
Tuesday, 10/27/2015, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park and via polycom
The annual Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning offer a glimpse into cutting-edge evidence-based practices that enrich teaching and learning in higher education.  With  support from the Schreyer Institute, Jennifer Gibbs and Jennifer Smith, Penn State Harrisburg faculty members, attended the May 2015 Lilly conference in Bethesda, MD to present two papers focused on applying brain-based learning principles.  This presentation will give a brief overview of the Lilly conferences, followed by a synopsis of the most interesting teaching and learning techniques they learned there.  They will review highlights from brain-based learning research and demonstrate the one-minute activities they designed to incorporate this research into college classes to enhance student learning.  The session will conclude with an active discussion with attendees.

This event will be offered in a face to face format at Penn State Harrisburg, and via Polycom

Polycom available at the following locations:

Harrisburg - E306 Olmsted - Originating location

University Park - 315 Rider Building

If you do not see your campus listed above, and wish to attend, contact us at site@psu.edu or 814-863-2599.
   
Drafting Your Teaching Philosophy Statement
Presented by Larkin Hood, David Favre and Lauren Brooks
Tuesday, 10/27/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
201 Chambers, University Park

David FavreLauren BrooksTeaching philosophy statements are commonly used in the hiring and tenure processes. But it can be challenging to put your “philosophy” into words. Perhaps you are not sure if you even have a philosophy. This interactive workshop, presented by Research Associate Larkin Hood, and Graduate Consultants David Favre and Lauren Brooks, is designed to help you begin articulating and developing your statement of teaching philosophy.

   
Drafting Your Teaching Philosophy Statement
Presented by Larkin Hood, Lauren Brooks and David Favre
Wednesday, 10/28/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

Lauren BrooksDavid FavreTeaching philosophy statements are commonly used in the hiring and tenure processes. But it can be challenging to put your “philosophy” into words. Perhaps you are not sure if you even have a philosophy. This interactive workshop, presented by Research Associate Larkin Hood, and Graduate Consultants Lauren Brooks and David Favre, is designed to help you begin articulating and developing your statement of teaching philosophy.

   
First Steps in Planning a Whole Course
Presented by Chas Brua, David Favre and Lauren Brooks
Tuesday, 11/3/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
201 Chambers, University Park

David FavreLauren BrooksThis interactive workshop, led by Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants David Favre and Lauren Brooks, is for graduate students and postdocs who at some point will be teaching courses independently. We'll discuss ways of aligning student learning objectives with assessment and teaching activities, as well as making sure that a course offering fits into a department's overall curriculum.

   
First Steps in Planning a Whole Course
Presented by Chas Brua, Lauren Brooks and David Favre
Wednesday, 11/4/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

Lauren BrooksDavid FavreThis interactive workshop, led by Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants Lauren Brooks and David Favre, is for graduate students and postdocs who at some point will be teaching courses independently. We'll discuss ways of aligning student learning objectives with assessment and teaching activities, as well as making sure that a course offering fits into a department's overall curriculum.

This interactive workshop, Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants David Favre and Lauren Brooks, is for graduate students and postdocs who either now or in the future will be teaching courses independently.

Registration begins August 1.

   
Making Pedagogical Decisions about Course Content
Presented by Kathy Jackson, David Favre and Lauren Brooks
Tuesday, 11/10/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
201 Chambers, University Park
David FavreLauren BrooksThis interactive workshop, led by Research Associate Kathy Jackson, and Graduate Consultants David Favre and Lauren Brooks, is for grad students and postdocs who at some point will be teaching courses independently. We'll discuss ways to make effective choices about lesson delivery, content priorities, and student engagement.
   
Making Pedagogical Decisions about Course Content
Presented by Kathy Jackson, Lauren Brooks and David Favre
Wednesday, 11/11/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park
Lauren BrooksDavid FavreThis interactive workshop, led by Research Associate Kathy Jackson, and Graduate Consultants Lauren Brooks,  and David Favre, is for grad students and postdocs who at some point will be teaching courses independently. We'll discuss ways to make effective choices about lesson delivery, content priorities, and student engagement.
   
Improving Your Statement of Teaching Philosophy: Peer Review
Presented by Chas Brua, David Favre and Lauren Brooks
Tuesday, 11/17/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
201 Chambers, University Park

David FavreLauren BrooksGraduate students and post-docs who have written drafts of their teaching philosophy will have an opportunity to receive personalized feedback from peers and from Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants David Favre and Lauren Brooks at this workshop. Participants should send their drafts to SITE@psu.edu by November 10.

   
Improving Your Statement of Teaching Philosophy: Peer Review
Presented by Chas Brua, Lauren Brooks and David Favre
Wednesday, 11/18/2015, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

Lauren BrooksDavid FavreGraduate students and post-docs who have written drafts of their teaching philosophy will have an opportunity to receive personalized feedback from peers and from Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants Lauren Brooks and David Favre at this workshop. Participants should send their drafts to SITE@psu.edu by November 10.