Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence announces upcoming events

The Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence has announced the following events: “Active Learning” and “Do You See What I See? How Students Comprehend and Learn from Figures and Graphs” for Oct. 10 in Room 315 of the Rider Building on Penn State's University Park campus.

-- Lauren Kooistra and Andrew Porter, graduate consultants with the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, will lead “Active Learning” from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. This interactive workshop focuses on strategies instructors can use to engage students during class while providing significant learning experiences and outcomes. Time will be focused on easy ways to implement strategies for student engagement as well as quick tips and tricks to maximize active learning. 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 are welcome. Participants are free to bring their own beverages and lunch. To register, go to

-- Peggy Van Meter, associate professor in education psychology, and John Waters, lab coordinator in biology, will lead “Do You See What I See? How Students Comprehend and Learn from Figures and Graphs” from 12:20 to 1:20 p.m. and via Polycom. Figures, diagrams and graphs play a critical role in science learning yet many students struggle with them. These difficulties should come as no surprise given that American students receive little instruction on how to comprehend and interpret visual information. Van Meter and Waters will report on their recent research in which they have identified aspects of biology diagrams students find most difficult as well as discuss the effectiveness of a learning strategy they used to help Penn State biology students learn from visual representations of information. Polycom will be available at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College 236 Burke Center and University Park -- Originating Location: 315 Rider Building. If you do not see your campus listed above, see your instructional design specialist or contact or 814-863-2599. To register, go to

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Last Updated January 09, 2015