Future Events

Teaching and Learning Scholarship (TLS) Short Course 2020
Faciliated by Laura Cruz, Associate Research Professor
Wednesday, 7/8/2020
Virtual (Canvas + Zoom)

Laura Cruz (Portrait)Are you interested in publishing on the work that goes on in your classroom?

This short course combines individual or small group coaching sessions with self-paced modules that give you the knowledge and tools you need to conceptualize, design, implement, analyze, and publish a teaching and learning research/scholarship project.

The course requires a 1-4 hour commitment per week over an approximately four week period, but these hours are highly flexible. You will leave with a full plan for and good head start on a manuscript for publication, as well as a certificate of participation.

The course is open to Penn State instructors of all ranks, including graduate students and post-docs.

Registration is limited, early reservations are encouraged.

Preparing Your Syllabus for Fall 2020
Wednesday, 8/5/2020

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.

SITE information Session
Monday, 8/17/2020

This brief presentation will provide an overview of ways the Schreyer Institute can support faculty and graduate students in their teaching, TAing, and career development.

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.

Panel discussion: Teaching inclusively
Tuesday, 8/18/2020
Chas Brua (Portrait)As part of the Smeal College of Business teaching camp for Ph.D. students, Chas Brua will participate in a panel on ways to teach inclusively.
Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning - POGIL
Saturday, 9/12/2020, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Blue Box Experimental Classroom Althouse Lab, University Park

Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL)® is an instructional strategy that provides opportunities to teach both content and key process skills at the same time. POGIL classrooms and labs consist of any number of students working on specially designed materials in small, self-managed groups.  

At this workshop you will:

 •  Experience the POGIL® approach while exploring the components of our thoughtfully designed activities

•  Discover ways to nurture the development of key process skills while continuing to meet rigorous academic standards

•  Address key points of successful classroom facilitation and facilitation of group work by students

Workshop Facilitators:

Clif Kussmaul POGIL faclitator



Clif Kussmaul is Principal Consultant at Green Mango Associates, LLC, focusing on educational and software consulting. Formerly he was Associate Professor of Computer Science at Muhlenberg College, and Principal Consultant at Elegance Technologies, Inc




Steve Gravelle POGIL facilitator



Steven Gravelle is Associate Professor of chemistry at Saint Vincent College, where he has been teaching since 1991. His teaching load is devoted mainly to courses for science, engineering and math majors, but he also teaches a course on Climate Change (Energy and Climate Change) for non-science majors.




The 1-day Introductory POGIL® Workshop will be offered:

Date to Be Announced

9 AM - 4 PM

Penn State University Blue Box Experimental Classroom Althouse Lab

There is no cost for this workshop. It is co-sponsored by The Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence and the College of Information Science and Technology.

Registration is required and space is limited.

(Lunch will be provided)