News and Announcements

Penn State faculty share remote teaching strategies in video series

The Schreyer Institute has teamed up with faculty to create a video repository to highlight the pedagogical experiences of our faculty members who are teaching remotely. It is intended to be a space for faculty to share lessons learned, and the brief videos (4 minutes or less) are available to all PSU faculty via Kaltura. To read more about this project, click here.

We are inviting participants to discuss challenges, hacks, benefits, and lessons learned that they will apply to future teaching. Nominations are still being accepted. If you know of any faculty member who is doing something in their remote teaching worth sharing, big or small,  please send their name and contact info. to Deena Levy (dlevy (at) psu. edu). You can visit the Faculty to Faculty video project here.

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Fall 2020 Lunch & Learn Webinar Series

The Fall 2020 Lunch & Learn webinar series is designed to provide critical information for faculty as they prepare their courses in one of the fall 2020 instructional modes. Each webinar will address specific considerations for course design and teaching effectively both in-person with social distancing and remotely. They will focus on practical strategies and ideas that can be realistically implemented in the time we have before the fall 2020 semester. Webinar content will be informed by faculty, grounded by actual Penn State curricula, and delivered by learning design and faculty development experts.

All webinars will be offered via Zoom and will be recorded.

For more information, click here.

The Schreyer Institute Welcomes Beate Brunow

Beate Brunow joins the Schreyer Institute of Teaching Excellence as an associate research professor and instructional consultant.

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She started her career in educational development as a graduate student at the Schreyer Institute, and she received her doctorate in German Language, Literature and Culture with a minor in Women’s Studies from Penn State. Prior to re-joining the insitute, Brunow held a tenured position in German at Wofford College, where she also served as Director of New Faculty Teaching Initiatives and as Interim Dean of the Center for Innovation and Learning. In 2018, she joined the University of Georgia as Director of Academic Partnerships and Initiatives in the Division of Student Affairs. In this administrative role, she served on the Vice-President’s leadership team and led efforts to create more seamless connections between the curriculum and co-curriculum and to advance research efforts related to the student experience through faculty research grants and cross-campus collaborations. Over the years, she has co-facilitated a variety of faculty learning communities on topics such as integrated learning, the intersections of student development and active learning, or wellbeing in learning environments.

Brunow’s publications focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning related to intercultural learning, as well as service learning and civic engagement. As an invited speaker, she has given talks and workshops on student development, course design, and inclusive learning.

In her new role at Penn State, she hopes to contribute to advancing inclusive practices and well-being in learning environments. In addition, she looks forward to supporting faculty in implementing active learning and intercultural learning, as well as service learning and civic engagement into their courses and curriculum.

The Assessment Institute announces free registration to their 2020 virtual event

The 2020 Assessment Institute to be held virtually, October 25-28, 2020. For 2020, The Assessment Institute announced that they are offering complimentary registration for all members of the higher education community to attend the virtual Assessment Institute, including the Pre-Institute workshops on Sunday, October 25.

Important Dates

  • Advanced online registration closes: Monday, October 12, 2020
  • Cancellation of registration deadline: Friday, October 16, 2020

Although the Assessment Institute is being offered complimentary this year, registration is needed.

For more information on registering for the Assessment Institute click here.