March

Test Blueprinting - Testing What You're Teaching
Facilitated by Cindy Decker Raynak
Friday, 3/1/2019

Developing a test blueprint

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.


REGISTRATION FULL - Teach To Reach: Maximizing Learning for All Students
Facilitated by Mary Ann Tobin, Gina Pazzaglia, and Sonya Woods
Monday, 3/11/2019 to Sunday, 4/7/2019
Online Short Course (Canvas)

Mary Ann Tobin ( Portrait)

Registration has filled.  If you are interested in being added to the wait list, please send an email to site@psu.edu. 

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 principals that are appropriate to their individual courses. This free, non-credit, entirely asynchronous online course begins on Monday, March 11 and ends on Sunday, April 7.

This course provides an opportunity for faculty from all disciplines and members of the learning design community to explore and apply UDL principles. It includes three recorded presentations 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.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to identify, select, and apply UDL principles that are appropriate to their individual courses. Participants may be invited to submit the results of their course work as exemplars for inclusion in SITE’s Tools & Resources web page.

Writing your teaching statement for the job market
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Deena Levy and Wideline Seraphin
Tuesday, 3/12/2019, Noon - 1:15 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park
chas Brua (portrait)Deena Levy (portrait)A teaching statement (also called a teaching philosophy) is required by many search committees as part of the faculty hiring process.
   
In this hands-on workshop--facilitated by Chas Brua, Deena Levy, and Wideline Seraphin--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.
Innovative Teaching at Penn State (ITAP) Brown Bag Lunch Series: How Improv Theatre Can Improve Your Classroom
Presented by James Tierney, Lecturer in Economics
Wednesday, 3/13/2019, 12:20 - 1:10 p.m.
Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library and via Zoom

Improvisational theatre (improv) is a form of theatre that requires actors to compose and perform without previous preparation. By its nature, improv encourages creativity, spontaneity and synthesis. Participants in an improv workshop need to think on their feet, take risks, be open, work as a team, and solve problems. All of these skills can be useful to both professors and students of all disciplines. The presenter of this workshop will introduce the benefits of improv to the audience members by conducting 3-4 different improv exercises that are intended to benefit both instructors and students. The workshop will also include motivation for this project and reflection.

Box lunches will be provided for registered attendees.

For those unable to attend in person, the talk will be available via zoom at: https://psu.zoom.us/my/bill.goffe.

Early and often: How to be proactive about documenting your teaching
Facilitated by Wideline Seraphin and Sara Cavallo
Tuesday, 3/19/2019, Noon - 1:15 p.m.
315 Rider Building, University Park
Wideline Seraphin (portrait)Sara Cavallo (Portrait)Documentation of your teaching effectiveness -- via student feedback, self-reflection notes, classroom observations, and other means -- is certainly important to have when you're on the job market. But it's also helpful for improving your teaching all along the way. This workshop, facilitated by Wideline Seraphin and Sara Cavallo, will focus on ways to collect useful information during every course in which you teach or TA.
Best practices for creating rubrics
Presented by Chas Brua and Wideline Seraphin
Wednesday, 3/20/2019

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.

Designing Your First Course
Presented by Larkin Hood
Wednesday, 3/27/2019

In this session, participants will:      

Identify a main learning objective for your course and describe it using precise language

Identify appropriate activities, assignments, and exams that will teach to and test for the learning objectives        

Assess the appropriateness of their course plan 

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.