News and Announcements

President's Column (Angela Linse)
Building on a Foundation of Empathy: Centering Priorities on Inclusion and Diversity

Photo of Angela Linse The 'daffodil isopleth' slowly moves north, and our members in the upper tier states and provinces dream of spring!

Angela Linse is the new POD Network president and in this column she asks you to share with her what you think are the most critical steps we can take to start our journey of meeting one of the core priorities of our new strategic plan—click here.

Being a Black Academic in America

In order to create a more inclusive university, white faculty and administrators might want to consider increasing their knowledge of the exclusions that many of our Black colleagues face. While these stories are not from faculty at Penn State, they describe events and actions that have occurred at their undergraduate, graduate, and current institutions, all of which are predominantly white institutions. This series of short articles from the Chronicle Review from The Chronicle of Higher Education is a great place to start.

A Web-Based System for Improving Student Teamwork

Jay Tombaugh, PhD, and Clifton O. Mayfield, PhD May 27, 2019

This article includes information to help student teams improve their effectiveness. It describes six stages that students work through to develop norms, make decisions about communications, and monitor performance. While the article is about a free online tool, the steps and activities could easily be used outside of the platform (with attribution, of course). Check it out!

SRTEs Go Mobile!

This semester students can choose to submit SRTEs using the new mobile friendly web version for phones and tablets. No app download is necessary, upon sign-in students will see this option when they have active SRTEs to complete. Students may find it convenient to respond to open-ended questions using the voice-recognition built into their mobile devices.

Screen shot of mobile icon from SRTE tool. 
Screen shot of Mobile SRTE icon.

When students choose the mobile option, they will see only one question at a time, rather than the entire SRTE form on their screens.

The regular web version SRTE is still available for students with laptops or without mobile devices.

Faculty will also be able to use the mobile version to check response rates for courses with active SRTEs. Those faculty who are concerned about response rates will be interested in taking advantage of this new functionality by asking students with mobile devices to complete their SRTEs during class.

Faculty: please remember that if you set aside class time for students to complete the SRTE, you need to leave the room.