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New Instructor Orientation
Facilitated by Cindy Decker Raynak, Sr Instructional Consultant & Designer
Wednesday, 2/1/2023 to Friday, 2/24/2023
Online Course

Cindy Raynak ( portrait)

Good teaching involves planning, lots of it and at every level. This online, self-directed workshop, open to all new instructors at Penn State, is offered at the start of each semester through Canvas, Penn State’s learning management system.

Moderated by Cindy Decker Raynak, Senior Instructional Designer, this self directed workshop will provide you with a brief introduction to the resources and strategies that are crucial to good teaching and planning.

Registered participants will receive a registration confirmation immediately, followed by an email within two business days upon start of the course with Canvas access instructions.

The last day to register is noon, Wednesday, February 22, 2023. All assignments must be uploaded by 11:59 p.m. Friday, February 24, 2023.

Universal Design for Learning
Offered jointly by The Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence and World Campus Faculty Development
Wednesday, 2/1/2023 to Friday, 5/5/2023
Canvas

Mary Ann Tobin ( Portrait) Providing a high-level view of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), this introductory course is for instructors and designers who embrace student variability, strive for equity, seek to implement research-based learning practices, and want to empower students through flexibility. You will be presented with the rationale and research that supports UDL, read scenarios about applications of UDL, reflect on ways you can change your current practice, and answer multiple-choice questions about UDL terms, principles, structures, and applications.

      
This course is a collaboration between the Schreyer Institute and World Campus Online Faculty Development. Enrollment is conducted on a continuous basis at https://psu.catalog.instructure.com/browse/wcfd/courses/ol-360001-universal-design-for-learning-2023.

Mid-Career Faculty: “How Do You Teach?”
Facilitated by Larkin Hood, Associate Research Professor
Thursday, 2/2/2023 to Wednesday, 3/1/2023

Larkin Hood ( Portrait)This opportunity is for experienced instructors (5+ years teaching experience) to connect with other Penn State instructors who are curious about how their colleagues approach teaching. Use this form to identify which of your course(s) are open to informal, collegial observers and you will receive a directory of colleagues’ courses open to observation. No feedback on your or your colleagues’ teaching is expected or required—this is simply an opportunity for you to see how someone else teaches.  

Here’s how it works:   Sign up using the 5-minute form 

  1. You will receive a directory of courses open for observation via email 

  2. Using the directory, identify class(es) you would like to observe 

  3. Contact the instructor directly to make sure it’s OK to visit the class on a particular date 

  4. Observe! 

Decode a Troublesome Concept or Skill for Your Learners, Part I
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Associate Research Professor, and Larkin Hood, Associate Research Professor
Wednesday, 2/8/2023, Noon - 2:00 p.m.

Chas Brua ( portrait)Larkin Hood ( Portrait)

Penn State is a member of the CIRTL network, an international consortium of universities, and Penn State graduate students and postdocs are eligible to attend CIRTL professional development events for free.

This two-part workshop, part of CIRTL's network-wide offerings, is for anyone who needs to explain a concept or skill to students in any instructional role: an instructor, a guest lecturer, as a teaching assistant or tutor holding office hours. The main deliverable of the workshop is to develop an analogy for a particular concept/skill that will make your learners say “Aha! I truly understand what you mean!” By the end of this two-part event, participants will:
   
 --Identify specific content or skills learners in your field/discipline typically struggle with.
 --Develop an instructional intervention (in the form of an analogy) to communicate the mental actions learners must take in order to successfully navigate their struggle.

Part 1 of the workshop will be held 2/8/23

Part 2 will be held on 2/15/23

To register for this event: https://uwmadison.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIucuqtrzwtEtyw-ErK3hzyblHYaSS9aYWX

For more information go to: www.cirtl.net

Assessing Student Learning
Facilitated by Mary Ann Tobin, Assistant Research Professor
Wednesday, 2/8/2023
Mary Ann Tobin ( Portrait)Assessment of student learning enables us to establish appropriate and clear expectations of what students will learn in our courses, how they will demonstrate that learning, and how that learning will be evaluated. In this session, participants will discover the types of student learning assessments and identify some assessment strategies for use in their own teaching.
      
This is a closed event customized for the requesting department. If you are interested in a Custom Workshop for your area, contact us at site@psu.edu.
Assessing Student Learning
Facilitated by Mary Ann Tobin, Assistant Research Professor
Thursday, 2/9/2023
Assessment of student learning enables us to establish appropriate and clear expectations of what students will learn in our courses, how they will demonstrate that learning, and how that learning will be evaluated. In this session, participants will discover the types of student learning assessments and identify some assessment strategies for use in their own teaching.
      
This is a closed event customized for the requesting department. If you are interested in a Custom Workshop for your area, contact us at site@psu.edu.
   
Building Transparency into Your Course Can Help Your Students Learn
Facilitated by Adam Smith, Assistant Research Professor and Anna Piotti, Graduate Instructional Consultant
Thursday, 2/9/2023, 10:35 - 11:35 a.m.
Via Zoom

adam smith (portrait)Anna Piotti ( portrait)Transparency is a subtle idea: What happens when we make more of an effort to clarify our expectations, demystify the steps of an assignment, or discuss with our students what makes good work good, OK work OK, etc.? In this workshop, we'll consider what transparency is, what it looks like, and what difference it might make in your classes and assignments. Participants are encouraged to bring a draft assignment to discuss.

Registration will close one hour before the event starts.

Registrants will receive a Zoom link at least one hour before the event.

Finding Sources of Evidence for a Teaching as Research Project
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Associate Research Professor, and Laura Cruz, Associate Research Professor
Thursday, 2/9/2023, 12:05 - 1:20 p.m.
Via Zoom

Chas Brua ( portrait)Laura Cruz (portrait)

Are you interested in doing research on your teaching practice? In this interactive session, we will examine strategies for aligning your research question with established methods for collecting and analyzing data about student learning. You will leave with a preliminary research plan for your next project.
   
This workshop is the second part of a three-workshop series on the Teaching as Research Framework. The other events are on February 2 and 23. Participants who attend all three workshops will receive a completion certificate from the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence.

Registration will close one hour before the event starts.

Registrants will receive a Zoom link at least one hour before the event.

Writing about Teaching Group
Facilitated by Adam Smith, Assistant Research Professor, Laura Cruz, Associate Research Professor and Eileen Grodziak, Instructional Designer, Penn State Lehigh Valley
Friday, 2/10/2023, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

adam smith (portrait)Laura Cruz (portrait)This is a drop-in virtual working group that focuses on writing about teaching and learning.

Join us (virtually) any/all Friday afternoons for a supportive and productive space to work on your research/scholarship/creative works related to teaching and learning.

Registration will close one hour before the event starts.

Registrants will receive a Zoom link at least one hour before the workshop.

DEI Journal Club
Facilitated by Adam Smith, Assistant Research Professor, Beate Brunow, Associate Research Professor and Anna Piotti, DEIA Consultant
Friday, 2/10/2023, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

adam smith (portrait)Beate Brunow (portrait)Anna Piotti ( portrait)Are you interested in learning more about the research on diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility? We invite you to join our online DEI Journal club. Sessions will be hosted on Zoom every other week throughout the summer, and each session will focus on a separate article.

Today's Article: Márquez, C., & Melero-Aguilar, N. (2022). What are their thoughts about inclusion? Beliefs of faculty members about inclusive education. Higher Education83(4), 829-844.

 

Registration will close one hour before the event starts.
   
Registrants will receive a Zoom link at least one hour before the event.

When Global Tensions Impact the Classroom
Facilitated by Beate Brunow, Associate Research Professor and Lola Xie, Graduate Instructional Consultant
Wednesday, 2/15/2023, 10:10 - 11:10 a.m.
Via Zoom

Beate Brunow (portrait)lola Xie ( portrait)

Have you ever wondered how geopolitical situations -- invasions, political reforms, refugee intake, immigration, and many other global developments -- might impact your classroom? In this interactive session, we will illustrate how global tension can disrupt learning in a college classroom and examine strategies you can employ to make the disruption a learning opportunity for your students. You will learn about how to handle students’ conflicts caused by global tension and how to build a learning community that’s resilient to such disruptions.
   
Registration will close one hour before the event starts.
   
Registrants will receive a Zoom link at least one hour before the event.

Mentoring Workshop
Facilitated by Larkin Hood, Associate Research Professor
Friday, 2/17/2023, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

In this session we will review the characteristics of mentoring, differentiate between mentoring and advising, and identify what effective mentors do. We will discuss how reflecting on our own mentoring approaches can help us communicate our expectations to those we mentor, as well as those who mentor us.

This is a closed event customized for the requesting location. If you are interested in a Custom Workshop for your area, contact us at site@psu.edu.

Writing about Teaching Group
Facilitated by Adam Smith, Assistant Research Professor, Laura Cruz, Associate Research Professor and Eileen Grodziak, Instructional Designer, Penn State Lehigh Valley
Friday, 2/17/2023, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

adam smith (portrait)Laura Cruz (portrait)This is a drop-in virtual working group that focuses on writing about teaching and learning.

Join us (virtually) any/all Friday afternoons for a supportive and productive space to work on your research/scholarship/creative works related to teaching and learning.

Registration will close one hour before the event starts.

Registrants will receive a Zoom link at least one hour before the workshop.

Writing Your Teaching Philosophy Statement
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Associate Research Professor, and John Elia, Graduate Consultant
Tuesday, 2/21/2023
This is a closed event customized for the requesting department. If you are interested in a Custom Workshop for your area, contact us at site@psu.edu.
Inclusive Teaching & Learning Symposium
An in-person Inclusive Teaching & Learning Symposium hosted by Penn State Lehigh Valley
Tuesday, 2/21/2023, 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Penn State Lehigh Valley
Penn State Lehigh Valley is hosting an in-person Inclusive Teaching & Learning Symposium Tuesday, Feb 21, 2023 8:15 A.M. – 3:30 P.M. at the Lehigh Valley campus

The symposium focuses on teaching strategies that ensure students can fully participate in the learning process.

Symposium sessions will focus on practical ways faculty can improve the in-class experience for students to create an environment where everyone is valued. Featured speaker is international award-winning writer and disability studies scholar Kenny Fries


Penn State encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Eileen Grodziak at emg15@psu.edu at least one week in advance of your participation or visit.

This event is made possible through a grant by the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence.
Free Webinar: Beyond Access and Inclusion: Disability in Our Cultures, Our Institutions and in Our Classrooms
Kenny Fries, International award-winning writer and disability studies scholar, hosted by Penn State Lehigh Valley
Tuesday, 2/21/2023, 9:0 - 10:30 a.m.
Via Zoom

Kenny Fries (portrait)Penn State Lehigh Valley is hosting International award-winning writer and disability studies scholar Kenny Fries, who will present a free Zoom webinar: Beyond Access and Inclusion: Disability in Our Cultures, Our Institutions and in Our Classrooms on Tuesday, Feb 21, 2023 9:00 A.M. – 10:30 a.m. EST.  Fries will offer ideas on how we can best represent disability in education, culture, and our lives.

To register for the webinar, visit: Webinar Registration - Zoom 

For more information, contact Elieen Grodziak emg15@psu.edu.

This event is made possible through a grant by the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence. 

Planning for Accessibility
Facilitated by Mary Ann Tobin, Assistant Research Professor & Instructional Consultant, Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence; John Elia, Graduate Consultant, Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence; Michelle McManus, IT Consultant, Teaching & Learning w/ Technology; and Elizabeth J. Pyatt, IT Consultant, IT Accessibility
Tuesday, 2/21/2023
Participants will be introduced to accessibility, its importance in their work, and ways they can make their documents and presentations accessible.
   
This custom event is for members of the requesting area. If you would like to schedule a similar event for your group, contact Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, Penn State University Park SITE@psu.edu.
Writing Your Diversity Statement
Facilitated by Adam Smith, Assistant Research Professor, Beate Brunow, Associate Research Professor and Anna Piotti, DEIA Consultant
Wednesday, 2/22/2023, 10:10 - 11:25 a.m.
Via Zoom
Beate Brunow (portrait)Anna Piotti ( portrait)Search committees for faculty positions often ask applicants to provide a statement describing their contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). In this interactive workshop, participants will reflect on their own role and their contributions to advancing DEI, and we’ll explore useful frameworks for conceptualizing and writing DEI statements.
   
Registration will close one hour before the event starts.
   
Registrants will receive a Zoom link at least one hour before the event.
Disseminating a Teaching as Research Project
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Associate Research Professor, and Laura Cruz, Associate Research Professor
Thursday, 2/23/2023, 12:05 - 1:20 p.m.
Via Zoom

Chas Brua ( portrait)Laura Cruz (portrait)Are you interested in sharing your Teaching as Research project with others? In this interactive session, we will examine strategies for disseminating your future findings. You will leave with a preliminary dissemination plan, including potential outlets for presentation and/or publication.
   
This workshop is the third part of a three-workshop series on the Teaching as Research framework. The other events are on February 2 and 9. Participants who attend all three workshops will receive a completion certificate from the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence.

Registration will close one hour before the event starts.

Registrants will receive a Zoom link at least one hour before the event.



Writing about Teaching Group
Facilitated by Adam Smith, Assistant Research Professor, Laura Cruz, Associate Research Professor and Eileen Grodziak, Instructional Designer, Penn State Lehigh Valley
Friday, 2/24/2023, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

adam smith (portrait)Laura Cruz (portrait)This is a drop-in virtual working group that focuses on writing about teaching and learning.

Join us (virtually) any/all Friday afternoons for a supportive and productive space to work on your research/scholarship/creative works related to teaching and learning.

Registration will close one hour before the event starts.

Registrants will receive a Zoom link at least one hour before the workshop.

DEI Journal Club
Facilitated by Adam Smith, Assistant Research Professor, Beate Brunow, Associate Research Professor and Anna Piotti, DEIA Consultant
Friday, 2/24/2023, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

adam smith (portrait)Beate Brunow (portrait)Anna Piotti ( portrait)Are you interested in learning more about the research on diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility? We invite you to join our online DEI Journal club. Sessions will be hosted on Zoom every other week throughout the summer, and each session will focus on a separate article.

Article: TBD

Registration will close one hour before the event starts.
   
Registrants will receive a Zoom link at least one hour before the event.

Making Your Presentations More Accessible
Facilitated by Michelle McManus and Elizabeth Pyatt, Information Technology Consultant, Penn State IT
Tuesday, 2/28/2023, 10:35 - 11:50 a.m.
Via Zoom

Instructors have many choices to make when creating materials for a classroom presentation. Those choices can have positive or negative impacts on students—and perhaps especially on students with disabilities. In this interactive workshop, we will share tips and resources for making slides and presentation materials more accessible.

Registration will close one hour before the event starts.

Registrants will receive a Zoom link at least one hour before the event.

 


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