March

Teach to Reach: Maximizing Learning for All Students
Facilitated by Mary Ann Tobin, Assistant Research Professor; Lauraine Hawkins, Assistant Professor, Biology, Penn State Mont Alto; Lynn Pierce, Graduate Intern, Student Disability Resources; Gina Pazzaglia, Director of MPS in Nutritional Sciences and Associate Teaching Professor; Sonya Woods, Accessibility Consultant and Training Coordinator, World Campus.
Monday, 3/1/2021 to Friday, 3/26/2021
Canvas
Mary Ann Tobin ( Portrait)A collaboration between the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence (SITE), Student Disability Resources, World Campus, and the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), this free, non-credit course begins on March 1 and ends on March 26.
   
In the built environment, Universal Design enables each of us to gain unimpeded access to a particular place, whether or not we require some form of accommodation. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) applies a similar set of brain-based, research-backed principles to the learning environment. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to identify, select, and apply UDL principles that are appropriate to their individual courses.
   
This four-week, entirely asynchronous, online course provides an opportunity for faculty of any rank or status, teaching assistants, post-doctoral instructors from all disciplines, and members of the learning design community to explore and apply UDL principles. It includes three pre-recorded lectures by Allison Posey, CAST Curriculum and Design Specialist, and discussion and practice based on information drawn from teaching and learning literature on UDL, as well as from the experiences of individual participants. Participants may be invited to submit the results of their course work as exemplars in future SITE courses and events.
   
Direct questions about the course to Mary Ann Tobin at matobin@psu.edu.
Feeling Confident and Comfortable Teaching in a U.S. Classroom
Faciliated by Chas Brua, Adam Smith and Meredith Doran
Tuesday, 3/2/2021, 12:05 - 1:20 p.m.
Via Zoom -- registrants will receive the link before the workshop.
Chas Brua ( portrait)adam smith (portrait)International instructors and TAs might sometimes find it challenging to navigate the values and attitudes inherent in U.S. undergraduate education. In this interactive workshop, we'll explore practical strategies that international instructors/TAs can use to project both expertise and approachability.
   
Doing research on your teaching (and publishing it)
Faciliated by Laura Cruz, Associate Research Professor
Wednesday, 3/3/2021, 10:10 to 11:25 a.m.
Online via Zoom - link will be sent to registrants
Laura Cruz (Portrait)Interested in making your teaching practice more visible? You might consider opportunities for peer-reviewed publication in the scholarship of teaching and learning (also known as SOTL). In our interactive workshop, facilitated by Laura Cruz, you'll learn more about this lively scholarly field, with an emphasis on planning a research project based on your experiences in the classroom (physical or virtual).
Creating Effective Rubrics
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Associate Research Professor, and Paul Ko, Graduate Assistant
Wednesday, 3/3/2021, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
Via Zoom

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.

Faculty Mentoring Graduate Students – Effective Communication
Facilitated by Sarah Ades, Associate Dean, The Graduate School, and Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Eric Hudson, Associate Department Head for Equity & Diversity, Department of Physics and Associate Professor of Physics and Steve Schaeffer, Interim Department Head, Biology, and Professor of Biology
Wednesday, 3/3/2021, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Via Zoom -- registrants will receive the link before the workshop.

Mistaken, misunderstood, and mishandled communication is a common source of problems in mentoring relationships. Faculty are invited to a workshop explore strategies for communicating effectively with graduate students across a variety of dimensions including power differentials, varied backgrounds, ethnicities.

This program is sponsored by The Graduate School at Penn State.


Preparing Your Teaching Statement for the Job Market
Faciliated by Chas Brua, Associate Research Professor, and Deena Levy, Associate Research Professor
Tuesday, 3/9/2021, 12:05 - 1:20 p.m.
Online via Zoom - link will be sent to registrants
Chas Brua (Portrait)Deena Levy (portrait)In this interactive workshop, facilitated by Schreyer Consultants Chas Brua, Associate Research Professor, and Deena Levy, Associate Research Professor, we'll present several tips for creating an effective teaching statement (AKA teaching philosophy). Participants will also examine a sample teaching statement for strengths and weaknesses, as well as drafting ideas for their own teaching statements.
Using Assessment to Promote Learning
Facilitated by Beate Brunow, Associate Research Professor, Kris McLain and Paul Ko, Graduate Assistants
Wednesday, 3/10/2021, 10:10 to 11:25 a.m.
Online via Zoom - link will be sent to registrants
Beate Brunow(portrait)Kris McLain (Portrait)In this workshop, facilitated by Beate Brunow, Associate Research Professor, Kris McClain and Paul Ko, Graduate Assistants, participants will learn how to make assessment(s) an integral part of the learning process. We will discuss formative assessment such as classroom assessment techniques, the use of rubrics as an aid to help instructors be consistent in their grading, and rubrics as a guide and enhancement to student learning.
Faculty Mentoring Graduate Students – Aligning Expectations
Facilitated by Sarah Ades, Associate Dean, The Graduate School, and Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Eric Hudson, Associate Department Head for Equity & Diversity, Department of Physics and Associate Professor of Physics and Steve Schaeffer, Interim Department Head, Biology, and Professor of Biology
Thursday, 3/11/2021, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Via Zoom -- registrants will receive the link before the workshop.

A shared understanding of what each person expects is critical to establishing effective mentor-mentee relationships. Challenges arise when mentors and mentees have misunderstandings about expectations in the relationship, which naturally changes over time.

Join us for a workshop to explore how to communicate and align mentee and mentor expectations.

This program is sponsored by The Graduate School at Penn State.

 


Leading Discussions and Handling Students' Questions in a U.S. Classroom
Faciliated by Chas Brua, Adam Smith and Meredith Doran
Tuesday, 3/16/2021, 12:05 - 1:20 p.m.
Via Zoom -- registrants will receive the link before the workshop.
In this workshop especially for international instructors and TAs, we'll explore strategies for effectively structuring and guiding discussions. We'll also explore useful communication strategies for responding to students' questions in ways that promote learning.
Reflection Activity for the Instruction Foundations Series
Faciliated by Larkin Hood, Associate Research Professor and Deena Levy, Associate Research Professor
Wednesday, 3/17/2021
http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/instructionalfoundations

Larkin Hood ( Portrait)Deena Levy ( portrait)Those who intend to participate in the Instructional Foundations Series for Spring 2021 will need to register for this event for access to the Series blog and to indicate intent to earn the completion certificate.

Please see more information here: http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/instructionalfoundations. 

Register for IFS Reflection Activity to indicate your intention to participate in the Series no later than 3/17".


Using Reflection to Thrive as an Instructor
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Associate Research Professor, and Kris McLain, Graduate Assistant
Wednesday, 3/17/2021, 10:10 to 11:25 a.m.
Online via Zoom - link will be sent to registrants
Chas Brua (Portrait)Kris McLain (Portrait)Reflective practices can help us simultaneously look back and look ahead in ways that improve our effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction as instructors. In this interactive workshop, facilitated by Chas Brua, Associate Research Professor, and Kris McLain, Graduate Assistant; we'll explore reasons for incorporating reflection into our teaching, plus practical strategies for doing so.
Dogs In the Classroom and On Campus: What are the differences between Service Dogs, Emotional Support Animals and Therapy Dogs
Facilitated by K. Lynn Pierce, Doctoral Candidate, Counselor Education and Supervision and service dog handler; and Nancy Dreschel, Associate Teaching Professor of Companion Animal Science and Facilitator, Susquehanna Service Dogs Roar For More puppy training group, State College and University Park
Monday, 3/22/2021, 12:05 - 1:05 p.m.
Via Zoom: https://tinyurl.com/psuservicedogs
This interactive webinar will present a description and comparison of the types of assistance and therapy dogs that individuals may encounter in the classroom and on campus. A brief overview of the regulations and laws surrounding assistance animals and dogs on campus will be followed by practical guidelines on how to best interact with partners of these dogs to ensure a safe and equitable environment for all. Registration recommended, but not required. Join by Zoom at https://tinyurl.com/psuservicedogs.
Enhance your Class Sessions with “Small Teaching”
Facilitated by Dani McCauley, Intern, Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence and Instructional Designer, Penn State Behrend
Wednesday, 3/24/2021, 12:05 - 1:05 p.m.
https://psu.zoom.us/j/97706560940
Inspired by James Lang's “Small Teaching,” this session presents small but powerful instructional and assessment activities for use in the beginning, middle, and end of a class session that promote students’ engagement, motivation, and achievement.
   
Registration is recommended, but not required.
Innovative Teaching at Penn State (ITAP) Lunch Series: Innovation in the Move to Remote/Socially Distanced Learning: Lessons Learned from Small Teaching
Facilitated by Dr. Tiffany Petricini, Assistant Teaching Professor of Communications, Penn State Shenango; Dr. Nugrahenny Zacharis (Assistant Teaching Professor, Penn State Abington); Ms. Roxanne Atterholt (Assistant Teaching Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State Shenango), and Dr. Jennifer Breese (Assistant Professor, Penn State Greater Allegheny)
Thursday, 3/25/2021, 12:05 - 1:20 p.m.
Via Zoom https://psu.zoom.us/j/96313650198
In his book Small Teaching, James Lang explains how minor modifications to our teaching can have a major impact on student learning. In this session, faculty discuss the ways they have incorporated the lessons from Small Teaching into their courses and the benefits they have seen with student learning and engagement.
Faculty Mentoring Graduate Students – Addressing Equity and Inclusion
Facilitated by Sarah Ades, Associate Dean, The Graduate School, and Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Eric Hudson, Associate Department Head for Equity & Diversity, Department of Physics and Associate Professor of Physics and Steve Schaeffer, Interim Department Head, Biology, and Professor of Biology
Thursday, 3/25/2021, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Via Zoom -- registrants will receive the link before the workshop.

Learning to identify, reflect upon, learn from, and engage with diverse perspectives is critical to forming and maintaining an effective mentoring relationship, as well as a vibrant learning environment. Faculty are invited to a workshop on how to foster an equitable and inclusive environment where everyone can do their best learning and create the highest quality of research, both because of and in spite of their diverse perspectives.

This program is sponsored by The Graduate School at Penn State.

Re-writing Study Guides using the Depth of Knowledge Framework
Facilitated by Dani McCauley, Intern, Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence and Instructional Designer, Penn State Behrend
Tuesday, 3/30/2021, 12:05 - 1:05 p.m.
https://psu.zoom.us/j/97706560940
Study guides and post-exam reflections make it easy to integrate academic success tools into courses. Using the Depth of Knowledge framework, participants will discover how to revise study guides and create exam wrappers that help students better prepare for assessments.
   
Registration is recommended, but not required.