Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence plans workshop sessions

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence will host multiple workshops during the first week of February. 

-- Best Practices for Designing Effective Multiple Choice Tests, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, Room 315, Rider Building.

In this workshop you'll learn strategies for linking test items to learning objectives and instructional activities. We'll practice using a test blueprint, a tool that can help you and your students. We'll discuss rules for writing effective multiple choice items and give you an opportunity to begin writing or revising a test for one of your courses. This program will be led by Crystal Ramsay, research associate and instructional consultant at the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence.

This workshop is intended as a companion to Item Analysis: Improving Multiple Choice Tests, but attending both is not required.

Participants should bring a multiple choice test they would like to revise or some material to begin writing questions for a new exam.

To register, visit Best Practices registration.

-- Helping ESL Students Understand Your Writing Assignments, noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, Room 315, Rider Building.

While English as a second language student writers bring many unique assets to our classrooms, they also face unique challenges when it comes to understanding and successfully completing writing assignments. Focusing on assignment design and strategies for modeling successful writing practices, this interactive workshop, presented by Dorothy Worden, doctoral candidate in applied linguistics, will help instructors from all disciplines to more effectively teach their ESL writers.

To register, visit Helping ESL Students registration.

-- Two sessions of GA 101: Planning Your Course Without Losing Your Mind, 11:15 to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, and Thursday, Feb. 6, Room 315, Rider Building.

First time teaching your own course? Join Jessica Arends, graduate consultant and doctoral candidate in curriculum and instruction and Shiv Karunakaran, graduate consultant and doctoral candidate in curriculum and instruction, in this interactive session focusing on how to plan your course, create a syllabus, and identify goals and objectives to further student learning. GA 101 is part of a three-seminar series designed as hands-on workshops that will help you create significant learning experiences and integrated learning. All graduate students and post-docs are welcome to attend.

To register, visit Feb. 5 registration or Feb. 6 registration

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Last Updated January 09, 2015