Future Events

New Instructor Orientation Fall 2021
Moderated by Cindy Decker Raynak, Senior Instructional Consultant & Designer
Wednesday, 9/1/2021 to Friday, 9/24/2021
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,September 22, 2021. All assignments must be uploaded by 11:59 p.m. Friday, September 24, 2021.

Survey Says: Conducting Survey-Based Research in Teaching and Learning
Facilitated by Laura Cruz, Associate Research Professor
Tuesday, 9/21/2021
Penn State York

Laura Cruz (portrait)Have you ever wondered why we grade the way we do in higher education? In this interactive workshop, you will explore emerging alternatives to conventional grading schema. Discover why practices such as specification (spec) grading have emerged as increasingly popular alternatives during and after the pandemic.

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.

Collecting and Giving Feedback that Promotes Learning
Facilitated by Beate Brunow, Associate Research Professor, and and John Elia, Graduate Instructional Consultant
Tuesday, 9/21/2021, 9:05 - 10:20 a.m.
Via Zoom -- registrants will receive the link before the workshop.

Beate Brunow (portrait)John Elia ( portrait)In this interactive workshop, participants will discuss how to make feedback an integral part of the teaching and learning process. We will explore the use of classroom assessment techniques and critical incident reflections and discuss ways we can offer effective and targeted feedback to our students.

Registration will close one hour before the workshop starts.

Registrants will receive a Zoom link at least 1/2 hour before the workshop starts.  

 

Zoom Group for Commonwealth Campus New Faculty
Facilitated by Chas Brua Associate Research Professor, and Cindy Decker Raynak, Senior Instructional Consultant & Designer
Tuesday, 9/21/2021, Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Zoom - Register at https://tinyurl.com/CCnewfaculty2021

chas brua (portrait)Cindy Decker Raynak (portrait)

 

All Commonwealth Campus faculty are welcome in this group, but it is especially for faculty (of any rank or title) who are either new to Penn State or new to teaching in general. We will hold monthly Zoom discussions facilitated by the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence. Participants who attend at least four of the Zoom discussions in academic year 2021-22 will qualify for a small grant to be used for teaching materials.

Register at https://tinyurl.com/CCnewfaculty2021

Registration will close one hour before the workshop starts.

Registrants will receive a Zoom link at least 1/2 hour before the workshop starts.  


Grading Differently: Rethinking How and Why We Do Classroom Assessment
Facilitated by Laura Cruz, Associate Research Professor
Tuesday, 9/21/2021
Penn State York

Laura Cruz (portrait)Have you ever wondered why we grade the way we do in higher education? In this interactive workshop, you will explore emerging alternatives to conventional grading schema. Discover why practices such as specification (spec) grading have emerged as increasingly popular alternatives during and after the pandemic.

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.

Doing Research on Your Teaching (and Publishing It)
Facilitated by Laura Cruz, Associate Research Professor, and Kris McLain, Graduate Instructional Consultant
Wednesday, 9/22/2021, 11:15 - 12:30 p.m.
Via Zoom -- registrants will receive the link before the workshop.

Laura Cruz (portrait)Kris McLain (portrait)Interested in making your teaching practice more visible? You might consider opportunities for peer-reviewed publication in teaching and learning scholarship. In our interactive workshop, you'll learn more about this lively scholarly field, with an emphasis on planning a research project based on your experiences in the classroom.

 

Registration will close one hour before the workshop starts.

Registrants will receive a Zoom link at least 1/2 hour before the workshop starts.  


Writing Your Teaching Statement
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Associate Research Professor, and Adam Smith, Assistant Research Professor
Wednesday, 9/22/2021, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Via Zoom
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.
Preparing Your Diversity Statement
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Associate Research Professor, Adam Smith, Assistant Research Professor and Beate Brunow, Associate Research Professor
Thursday, 9/23/2021, 9:05 - 10:20 a.m.
Via Zoom -- registrants will receive the link before the workshop.

Chas Brua ( portrait)adam smith (portrait)Beate Brunow (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 workshop starts.

Registrants will receive a Zoom link at least 1/2 hour before the workshop starts.


Processing Teaching & Learning Experiences
Facilitated by Adam Smith, Assistant Research Professor, and Beate Brunow, Associate Research Professor
Friday, 9/24/2021

Adam Smith (Portrait)Beate Brunow (Portrait)Debriefing and finding ways to process experiences from our learning environments is critical to student learning, refining one’s teaching strategies, and to determining what kind of external support or alliances might benefit our own development and wellbeing. In this session, we will discuss strategies and resources that can play a critical role in processing teaching and learning experiences.

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.
Survey Says: Conducting Survey-Based Research in Teaching and Learning
Facilitated by Laura Cruz, Associate Research Professor
Monday, 9/27/2021
Penn State Berks

Laura Cruz (portrait)In this interactive workshop, you will learn best practices in conducting survey based research in teaching and learning. Discover hundreds of surveys that could be used as the basis for doing research on your teaching practice and providing you with deeper insight into what, how, and why your students learn.

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 John Elia, Graduate Instructional Consultant
Tuesday, 9/28/2021, 9:05 - 10:20 a.m.
Via Zoom -- registrants will receive the link before the workshop.

adam smith (portrait)John Elia ( 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 workshop starts.

Registrants will receive a Zoom link at least 1/2 hour before the workshop starts.  


Teaching 101
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Associate Research Professor, Beate Brunow, Associate Research Professor, Lisa Shantz and Jessica Kirkwood
Wednesday, 9/29/2021
Via Zoom

Chas Brua ( portrait)Beate Brunow (portrait)In this interactive workshop, we'll discuss how a course syllabus can function as a tool for communication. In addition, we'll consider the basics of course design by exploring how to create good learning objectives and aligning our teaching and assessment strategies with those objectives.

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.


Crafting Your Teaching Philosophy Statement for the Job Market
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Associate Research Professor, and Deena Levy, Associate Research Professor
Wednesday, 9/29/2021, 11:15 - 12:30 p.m.
Via Zoom -- registrants will receive the link before the workshop.

Chas Brua ( portrait)Deena Levy ( portrait)In this interactive workshop, participants will explore strategies for writing a teaching philosophy statement that effectively communicates their goals, practices, and evidence of effectiveness. We will also analyze the strengths and weaknesses of some actual teaching philosophy statements.

 

Registration will close one hour before the workshop starts.

Registrants will receive a Zoom link at least 1/2 hour before the workshop starts.  


Handling Hot Moments in Your Course
Facilitated by Beate Brunow, Associate Research Professor, and Kris McLain, Graduate Instructional Consultant
Thursday, 9/30/2021, 9:05 - 10:20 a.m.
Via Zoom -- registrants will receive the link before the workshop.

Beate Brunow (portrait)Kris McLain (portrait)“Hot moments” can occur for various reasons and often arise in response to sensitive, challenging, or unfamiliar topics. In this interactive workshop, we will discuss strategies that we can use as instructors to manage ourselves in these moments as well as strategies we can use to respond to the hot moment itself and maintain the integrity of our learning environment.

 

Registration will close one hour before the workshop starts.

Registrants will receive a Zoom link at least 1/2 hour before the workshop starts.  


TA 101
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Associate Research Professor
Friday, 10/1/2021
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.
Teach to Reach: Maximizing Learning for All Students
Facilitated by Lauraine Hawkins, Assistant Professor, Biology, Penn State Mont Alto and Mary Ann Tobin, Assistant Research Professor & Faculty Consultant, Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence
Monday, 10/4/2021 to Sunday, 10/31/2021
Canvas

A collaboration between the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence (SITE), Student Disability Resources, World Campus, and the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), this free, non-credit, asynchronous online course begins on Monday, October 4 and ends Sunday, October 31.
   
In the built environment, Universal Design enables each of us to gain unimpeded access to a particular place, whether or not we require some form of accommodation. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) applies a similar set of brain-based, research-backed principles to the learning environment. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to identify, select, and apply UDL principles that are appropriate to their individual courses.

This four-week, entirely asynchronous, online course provides an opportunity for faculty of any rank or status, teaching assistants, post-doctoral instructors from all disciplines, and members of the learning design community to explore and apply UDL principles. It includes three pre-recorded lectures by Allison Posey, CAST Curriculum and Design Specialist, and discussion and practice based on information drawn from teaching and learning literature on UDL, as well as from the experiences of individual participants. Participants may be invited to submit the results of their course work as exemplars in future SITE courses and events.

Leveraging Technology to Promote Learning
Facilitated by Deena Levy, Associate Research Professor and John Elia, Graduate Instructional Consultant
Tuesday, 10/5/2021, 9:05 - 10:20 a.m.
Via Zoom -- registrants will receive the link before the workshop.

Deena Levy ( portrait)John Elia ( portrait)This interactive workshop will focus on ways in which technology can be used to optimize students' learning experiences both in and outside of the classroom. Topics may include using technology for student engagement, assessment, and personal organization. We will also discuss best practices for choosing and implementing technological tools to support learning.

Registration will close one hour before the workshop starts.

Registrants will receive a Zoom link at least 1/2 hour before the workshop starts.  

 


Turning Potential Disruptions into Learning Opportunities
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Associate Research Professor, and John Elia, Graduate Instructional Consultant
Wednesday, 10/6/2021, 7:00 - 8:15 p.m.
Via Zoom -- registrants will receive the link before the workshop.

Chas Brua ( portrait)John Elia ( portrait)Disruptive situations can occur in any course. In this interactive workshop, we’ll discuss ways to create a climate where disruptive behavior is less likely to occur—and to get the learning back on track when it does.

Registration will close one hour before the workshop starts.

Registrants will receive a Zoom link at least 1/2 hour before the workshop starts.  


Teaching So All Your Students Are Included, Part 1
Facilitated by Beate Brunow, Associate Research Professor, and Kris McLain, Graduate Instructional Consultant
Thursday, 10/7/2021, 9:05 - 10:20 a.m.
Via Zoom -- registrants will receive the link before the workshop.

Beate Brunow (portrait)Kris McLain (portrait)In this interactive workshop, participants will explore how to create inclusive learning environments. We will examine our own assumptions and values about teaching and learning (hidden curriculum), the diversity of identities learners bring to the classroom, and how we might use the syllabus as a communication tool to set up an inclusive environment.

 

Registration will close one hour before the workshop starts.

Registrants will receive a Zoom link at least 1/2 hour before the workshop starts. 


Feeling Confident and Comfortable Teaching in a U.S. Classroom
Faciliated by Chas Brua, Adam Smith and Meredith Doran
Wednesday, 10/13/2021, 9:05 - 10:35 a.m.
Registrants will receive a Zoom link before the workshop.

Chas Brua ( portrait)adam smith (portrait)International instructors and TAs might sometimes find it challenging to navigate the values and attitudes inherent in U.S. undergraduate education. In this interactive workshop, facilitated by Chas Brua and Adam Smith of SITE and Meredith Doran of EPPIC, we'll explore practical strategies that international instructors/TAs can use to project both expertise and approachability. 

Registration will close one hour before the workshop starts.

Registrants will receive a Zoom link at least 1/2 hour before the workshop starts.  

 

 


Collecting and Giving Feedback that Promotes Learning
Facilitated by Beate Brunow, Associate Research Professor, and John Elia, Graduate Instructional Consultant
Wednesday, 10/13/2021, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Via Zoom
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.
Teaching So All Your Students Are Included, Part 2
Facilitated by Beate Brunow, Associate Research Professor, and Kris McLain, Graduate Instructional Consultant
Thursday, 10/14/2021, 9:05 - 10:20 a.m.
Via Zoom -- registrants will receive the link before the workshop.

Beate Brunow (portrait)Kris McLain (portrait)In this interactive workshop, participants will examine questions around course design and its connection to creating a sense of belonging for students. Participants will also discuss various strategies that can center inclusive approaches in their teaching.

Registration will close one hour before the workshop starts.

Registrants will receive a Zoom link at least 1/2 hour before the workshop starts.  

 


Preparing a Teaching Statement for Your Job Search
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Associate Research Professor, and Deena Levy, Associate Research Professor
Thursday, 10/14/2021, Noon - 1:15 p.m.
Via Zoom
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.
Reflection Activity for the Instruction Foundations Series
Faciliated by Larkin Hood, Associate Research Professor and Deena Levy, Associate Research Professor
Friday, 10/15/2021
http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/instructionalfoundations

Larkin Hood ( Portrait)Deena Levy ( portrait)Those who intend to participate in the Instructional Foundations Series for Fall 2021 will need to register for this event for access to the Series blog and to indicate intent to earn the completion certificate.

Register for IFS Reflection Activity to indicate your intention to participate in the Series no later than 10/15.

Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Associate Research Professor, Beate Brunow, Associate Research Professor, Lisa Shantz and Jessica Kirkwood
Wednesday, 10/27/2021
Via Zoom

Chas Brua ( portrait)Beate Brunow (portrait)In this interactive workshop, we'll present recommendations for creating an effective teaching statement (AKA teaching philosophy). Participants will reflect on their own teaching and learning experiences, examine a sample teaching statement for strengths and weaknesses, and draft ideas for their own teaching statements.

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.


How to Create an Effective, Accessible Syllabus
Facilitated by Kris McLain and John Elia, Graduate Instructional Consultants
Wednesday, 11/3/2021, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Via Zoom -- registrants will receive the link before the workshop.

Kris McLain (portrait)John Elia ( portrait)Whether you’ve already written a syllabus or are just starting your first one, this workshop will help you craft an effective and accessible syllabus document. In this interactive workshop, we explore the essential elements of the syllabus document and how they can be made accessible and clear to all students. Additionally, participants will learn and practice tips and tools for improving syllabus design and converse about their own syllabi.

Registration will close one hour before the workshop starts.

Registrants will receive a Zoom link at least 1/2 hour before the workshop starts.  

 

Writing a Diversity Statement
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Associate Research Professor, Beate Brunow, Associate Research Professor, Lisa Shantz and Jessica Kirkwood
Wednesday, 11/17/2021
Via Zoom

Chas Brua ( portrait)Beate Brunow (portrait)In this interactive workshop, we'll present recommendations for creating a diversity/equity/inclusion statement. Participants will reflect on their own experiences in teaching and learning environments, research and clinical practice, and service. We will examine a sample statement for strengths and weaknesses, and draft ideas for their own statements.

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.


Teaching and Diversity Statements
Facilitated by Beate Brunow, Associate Research Professor
Thursday, 11/18/2021

beate brunow (portrait)This session presents recommendations for creating effective teaching statements and diversity statements. Participants will reflect on their own experiences in learning and work environments, examine sample statements for strengths and weaknesses, and draft ideas for their own statements.

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.