Future Events

New Instructor Orientation Fall 2021
Moderated by Cindy Decker Raynak, Senior Instructional Consultant & Designer
Monday, 8/16/2021 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.

TA 101
Wednesday, 8/18/2021
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.
SITE Info Session
Presented by Chas Brua, Associate Research Professor
Friday, 8/20/2021

A brief introduction to SITE services, why faculty should work with us, and how they can work with us. 

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.

TA 101: Survive and Thrive
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Associate Research Professor, Kris McLain and John Elia, Graduate Instructional Consultants
Tuesday, 8/24/2021, 9:05 - 10:20 a.m.
Via Zoom -- registrants will receive the link before the workshop.

Chas Brua ( portrait)Kris McLain (portrait)Teaching assistants have a crucial role—and one that can be challenging. In this interactive workshop, we’ll share advice to help TAs navigate their role to meet the needs of undergraduate learners, faculty, and TAs’ own professional development.

Registration will close one hour before the workshop starts.

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


How to Plan a Class Session
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Associate Research Professor, and John Elia, Graduate Instructional Consultant
Tuesday, 8/31/2021, 9:05 - 10:20 p.m.
Via Zoom -- registrants will receive the link before the workshop.

Chas Brua ( portrait)In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore practical strategies for planning individual class sessions, with special attention to the alignment of learning objectives, assessments, and learning activities.

Registration will close one hour before the workshop starts.

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


How to Plan a Class Session
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Associate Research Professor, and John Elia, Graduate Instructional Consultant
Wednesday, 9/1/2021, 11:15 - 12:30 p.m.
Via Zoom -- registrants will receive the link before the workshop.

Chas Brua ( portrait)In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore practical strategies for planning individual class sessions, with special attention to the alignment of learning objectives, assessments, and learning activities.

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
Thursday, 9/2/2021
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.
Turning Potential Disruptions into Learning Opportunities
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Associate Research Professor, and Adam Smith, Assistant Research Professor
Wednesday, 9/8/2021, 11:15 - 12:30 p.m.
Via Zoom -- registrants will receive the link before the workshop.

Chas Brua ( portrait)adam smith (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.

Turning Potential Disruptions into Learning Opportunities
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Associate Research Professor, and Adam Smith, Assistant Research Professor
Thursday, 9/9/2021, 9:05 - 10:20 a.m.
Via Zoom -- registrants will receive the link before the workshop

Chas Brua ( portrait)adam smith (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.  

 


Crafting Your Teaching Philosophy Statement for the Job Market
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Associate Research Professor, and Deena Levy, Associate Research Professor
Tuesday, 9/14/2021, 9:05 - 10:20 a.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.  

How to Plan a Class Session
Facilitated by Chas Brua, Associate Research Professor, and John Elia, Graduate Instructional Consultant
Tuesday, 9/14/2021, 7:00 - 8:15 p.m.
Via Zoom -- registrants will receive the link before the workshop.

Chas Brua ( portrait)In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore practical strategies for planning individual class sessions, with special attention to the alignment of learning objectives, assessments, and learning activities.

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
Wednesday, 9/15/2021, 11:15 - 12:30 p.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
Thursday, 9/16/2021
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.
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)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.  

 

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.  


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.


Building Transparency into Your Course Can Help Your Students Learn
Facilitated by Adam Smith, Assistant Research Professor, and John Elia, Graduate Assistant
Tuesday, 9/28/2021 to Wednesday, 9/29/2021, 9:05 - 10:20 a.m.
Via Zoom -- registrants will receive the link before the workshop.

adam smith (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.  


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)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)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.  

 

 


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.  

 


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.


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.