Instructional Foundations Series: Description and Requirements Spring 2017
Instructional Foundations is a series of workshops for graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and instructors from all disciplines who have never taught at the university level (grading experience OK) prior to fall 2016. The series is designed to provide people new to college teaching with knowledge, skills and confidence they can use in their first teaching experience. As a participant in this series, you will gain:
- information on best practices from the teaching and learning literature,
- opportunities to discuss implementation with a group of peers, and
- a chance to discuss teaching techniques and strategies with an experienced instructor in your discipline.
Overall series objectives:
Upon successfully completing this course, you should be able to:
- articulate an approach to planning a lesson,
- design and use assessment to promote learning,
- explore one of your own teaching interests, and
- reflect on your beliefs and practices about teaching and learning.
Series completion certificate:
While this series does not serve as a formal “certification” process, it does provide you with documentation of your participation in this professional development opportunity. This certificate may be included in your teaching portfolio as evidence of your professional development as an instructor.
You can earn a completion certificate from SITE if you:
- attend the two Institute workshops: “How to Plan a Single Class Session” (Jan. 17 OR Jan. 18) and “Using Tests and Rubrics to Promote Learning” (Feb. 14 OR Feb. 15)
- attend one additional Institute workshop of your choice: visit our Events page for options and registration instructions
- observe the teaching of one instructor of your choice, interview the instructor, and post a reflection on the Series blog (https://sites.psu.edu/ifs16, the password will be distributed to those registered for the Reflection session).
- attend an interactive session on March 28 from 11:00 a.m.-noon in Rider 315 to reflect on your series experiences with peers
PLEASE NOTE: The series completion certificate does not count toward the Graduate School Teaching Certificate. For a complete list of the requirements for the Graduate School Teaching Certificate, please visit http://www.gradschool.psu.edu/current-students/tacert.
|Date||Topics||Lesson Objectives||Activities/Assignments Due|
|1/17 or 1/18||How to plan a single class session||Articulate an approach to planning a lesson||Get signature of one workshop facilitator|
|2/14 or 2/15||Using tests and rubrics to promote learning||Design and use assessment to promote learning||Get signature of one workshop facilitator|
|Please see list and registration link||Choice of Topic:
||Explore one of your own teaching interests||Get signature of one workshop facilitator|
|No later than 3/26||Observe and interview an instructor in your discipline||Describe methods for making pedagogical decisions about your content||Take notes using class observation guide
Post reflection online no later than 3/27
Comment on two peer posts no later than 4/2
|Reflect on your series experiences with a group of peers||Reflect on beliefs and practices about teaching and learning||Come prepared to contribute to the conversation|
|No later than 4/5||Submission of completed Signature Sheets||Verification of workshop participation||Completed
signature sheets are due 4/5.
Scanned submissions may be sent to IFS_Sig.firstname.lastname@example.org
Hard copy may be sent via campus mail or dropped off in person to 301 Rider Building