April

CANCELLED - Transparency in Assignment Design (Online)
Facilitated by Mary Ann Tobin and Adam Smith
Wednesday, 4/1/2020, 12:05 - 1:20 p.m.
Online
Mary Ann Tobin PortraitAdam Smith (Portrait)Do you consistently grade student work on a particular assignment that seems wide of the mark, misses the point, or seems like they haven’t read the instructions? Using a simple, three-part framework, you can help your students get closer to the mark.  Recent research illustrates the potential impact of a deceptively simple idea: explaining to students why we do what we do (Winkelmes et al., 2016). Bring your problematic assignment, and we will help you improve the alignment between your intentions and what your students do. 
Writing Your Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Faciliated by Larkin Hood, Associate Research Professor, Schreyer Institute
Friday, 4/3/2020
Webinar

Larkin HoodWhether for a job search or professional development, a teaching philosophy statement is a powerful catalyst for reflecting upon one’s teaching. Past workshop participants say that the process of creating the document is as important as the finished work. In this workshop, participants will be asked to reflect on their values and goals as teachers, what their teaching looks like in action, and how students are changed as a result. This workshop can be helpful no matter how much or little you have already written or reflected upon your teaching, and is for graduate student instructors or faculty at any rank.

This is a customized workshop. If you are interested in a similar workshop for your area, contact us at site@psu.edu.

Students Teaching Students Workshop
Monday, 4/6/2020
Zoom

This is the third workshop (on transparent design) for new instructors in the Students Teaching Students program.

This is a customized workshop. If you are interested in a similar workshop for your area, contact us at site@psu.edu.

Proposed approach to requesting classrooms through the Optimizer
Tuesday, 4/7/2020, 12:05 - 1:20 p.m.
Zoom: https://psu.zoom.us/j/725444351

Please join us to review a proposed new approach to assigning and requesting classrooms through the 25Live Optimizer.  The Optimizer (used at the DuBois, New Kensington, Shenango, and University Park campuses) assigns classrooms based on requested attributes.  However, the way attributes are currently assigned is not aligned with pedagogical needs, is poorly understood, and generally is assigning classrooms based only on capacity.  Members of the Academic Subcommittee of the Learning Spaces Leadership Committee have been working on a revised approach, a process in which we could use your participation and input. 

Please join us to review the DRAFT hierarchy and think about how this might be best implemented at Penn State. 

Zoom: 

https://psu.zoom.us/j/725444351

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    Meeting ID: 725 444 351

 

Improv & Pedagogy Faculty Learning Group
Sponsored as a Faculty Learning Group by the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence
Friday, 4/10/2020, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
3 Dots Downtown
This highly popular teaching community continues to draw participants from multiple disciplines and departments, who report immediate application of the skills they learn in the group to their classrooms and workspaces. Lunch will be served.

Registration will open prior to the event. For information, contact jet26@psu.edu.
Students Teaching Students Workshop
Monday, 4/13/2020
Zoom

This is the fourth workshop (microteaching) for new instructors in the Students Teaching Students program.

This is a customized workshop. If you are interested in a similar workshop for your area, contact us at site@psu.edu.

Students Teaching Students Workshop
Monday, 4/20/2020
Zoom

This is the fifth workshop for new instructors in the Students Teaching Students program.

This is a customized workshop. If you are interested in a similar workshop for your area, contact us at site@psu.edu.

CANCELLED - Innovative Teaching at Penn State (ITAP) Lunch Series: Student Perceptions of Feedback in Large Courses
Presented by Maggie Slattery, Assistant Dean and Director of Penn State's Office for General Education; Laura Cruz, Associate Research Professor, Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence; Julia Kregenow, Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Astronomy; and Jenay Robert, Research Project Manager, Teaching and Learning with Technology
Thursday, 4/23/2020, 12:05 - 1:20 p.m.
Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library and via Zoom

This series of talks will highlight interesting teaching innovations at Penn State. The goals is to help further build a community of instructors who are interested in improving learning by their students. All are welcome. Lunch will be provided to pre-registered Mann Assembly room attendees courtesy of the Schreyer Institute.   

Much of the emphasis in learning assessment is on the importance and benefit of frequent feedback. The effectiveness of such methods has primarily been studied in small to medium size classes, and the challenge of providing effective and efficient assessment for large enrollment courses remains. Computerized grading using artificial intelligence (AI) provides a possible technological solution to provide this feedback. Studies have compared student perceptions of courses that use AI grading versus tailored instructor grading, but research isneeded to compare student perceptions of AI grading versus multiple-choice assessments. This study assesses student perceptions of course value, as related to the modality of feedbackand assessment, specifically as it applies to large enrollment general education classes. This project would not be possible without collaboration and support provided by GradeScope.

For those unable to attend in person, the talk will be available via Zoom at: https://psu.zoom.us/j/603504112

For information about the ITAP series: www.ITAP.psu.edu