Schreyer Institute to offer online course in college teaching beginning June 2

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence will offer a free online course in college teaching beginning June 2 and ending July 14.

This six-week course is structured to provide University faculty with an opportunity for reflecting, sharing perspectives and strategies, and incorporating new ideas into their teaching. Topics covered will include course design, student-centered teaching, inclusivity, learning environment, test design, metacognition, and writing a teaching philosophy statement.

The course, facilitated by faculty consultant Michael Murphy and graduate consultant Moji Shahvali, will be broken into five units, including readings and activities, with weekly deadlines that participants can complete through Canvas. The course will also include three two-hour Zoom meetings from 1 to 3 p.m. on June 8, June 29 and July 13. Participants must attend at least two of these online, synchronous meetings, participate in online activities, and complete three certificate assignments in order to earn a certificate of completion for the course.

For questions about the workload, material or participation, contact Murphy at or Shahvali at

The course in college teaching is a free, noncredit course. In summer 2017, it is open to any faculty member with prior teaching experience. Postdocs and graduate students will be accepted if spaces are available.

Applicants accepted into the class will be notified by email prior to the start of the course.

To apply, visit

Last Updated May 17, 2017