Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence announces upcoming events

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence will be offering the following workshops in 315 Rider Building.

-- Crystal Ramsay and Chas Brua, instructional consultants with the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence will lead “Using Rubrics to Support Program Assessment” from 11 a.m. to noon Nov. 6. Rubrics are a great assessment tool for scoring student work. Join this discussion of ways rubrics can also be used to support program assessment efforts. This event will be offered in a face to face format in 315 Rider Building and via Polycom. Polycom will be available at the following locations: University Park -- originating location: 315 Rider Building. If you do not see your campus listed above, please see your Instructional Design Specialist or contact or 814-863-2599. To register, visit

-- Lauren Kooistra and Andrew Porter, graduate consultants with the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, will lead “Gaming as a Learning Tool” from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 7. Introducing educational gaming into your classroom is a great way to engage students. Games can be designed to address a variety of course goals and objectives, and provide a fun, interactive learning environment that can add energy and creativity to your course. This interactive workshop will introduce you to the gaming experience in a classroom environment. Participants will play games and reflect upon their purpose, design and generalization to their own classroom. This workshop is part of a three-seminar series focusing on developing classroom management skills for maximum student engagement and significant learning experiences in the classroom. All graduate students and post-docs are welcome to attend. To register, visit

-- Jennifer Trost, associate professor, School of Music, will lead “Using Your Voice in the Classroom” from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Nov. 7. University professors are professional public speakers and the skill to speak healthily and well is just as important as keeping current in one’s research and being able to create a stimulating environment in the classroom. Make sure you are getting your message across in a confident, sustainable manner by joining Trost, who will discuss the proper care of the voice and offer suggestions as to how you can increase your stamina and ability to project. Participants are free to bring their own beverages and lunch. To register, visit

-- Kooistra and Porter, will lead “Gaming as a Learning Tool” from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 8. To register, visit

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Last Updated January 09, 2015