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New Instructor Orientation - Fall 2016
Moderated by Cindy Decker Raynak
Monday, 8/15/2016 to Friday, 9/23/2016,
Online Course
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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.

Participants will receive an email with Canvas access information within 2 business days after registering for the course.

This Workshop is open from Monday, August 15, 2016 – Friday, September 23, 2016.

The last day to register is noon, Wednesday, September 21, 2016. All assignments must be uploaded by 11:59 p.m. Friday, September 23, 2016.

How to Plan a Class Session
Facilitators: Chas Brua, Moji Shahvali and David Favre
Thursday, 9/1/2016, Noon - 1:15 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

Moji Shahvali (portrait)David Favre (portrait)This interactive workshop will focus on identifying learning objectives for a single class session and the importance of aligning assessments and learning activities with those objectives.

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



Teaching a Large Class
Facilitators: Chas Brua, David Favre, and Moji Shahvali
Wednesday, 9/7/2016, 10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
7A Sparks Building, University Park

David Favre (portrait)Moji Shahvali (portrait)Large classes bring unique opportunities and challenges. In this interactive workshop, we’ll consider ways to promote student engagement and a sense of community, as well as strategies for efficient logistics. 

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


Teaching a Large Class
Facilitators: Chas Brua, Moji Shahvali and David Favre
Thursday, 9/8/2016, Noon - 1:15 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

Moji Shahvali (portrait)David Favre (portrait)Large classes bring unique opportunities and challenges. In this interactive workshop, we’ll consider ways to promote student engagement and a sense of community, as well as strategies for efficient logistics. 

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


Handling Challenging Situations in the Classroom
Facilitators: Chas Brua, David Favre and Moji Shahvali
Wednesday, 9/14/2016, 10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
7A Sparks Building, University Park

David Favre (portrait)Moji Shahvali (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.

We’ll discuss ways to deal with such situations without becoming part of the disruption.



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

Handling Challenging Situations in the Classroom
Facilitators: Chas Brua, Moji Shahvali and David Favre
Thursday, 9/15/2016, Noon - 1:15 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

mDavid Favre (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.

We’ll discuss ways to deal with such situations without becoming part of the disruption.



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

Leading Effective Lab Sessions
Facilitators: Larkin Hood and Chas Brua
Wednesday, 9/21/2016, 10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
7A Sparks Building, University Park

Larkin Hood (portrait)chas Brua (portrait)Participants will learn strategies for making sure their students have done the prep before a lab, guiding teams to success, and helping students see connections between the lab and the larger world.

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


Leading Effective Lab Sessions
Facilitators: Chas Brua and Larkin Hood
Thursday, 9/22/2016, Noon - 1:15 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park

chas Brua (portrait)Larkin Hood (portrait)Participants will learn strategies for making sure their students have done the prep before a lab, guiding teams to success, and helping students see connections between the lab and the larger world.

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

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
Event Description will be posted soon. 
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.