Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence announces upcoming events

April 25, 2012

The Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence has announced several upcoming events.

At Penn State Hazleton:

-- Nathan Maton, education specialist with Natron Baxter Applied Gaming will be the keynote speaker at “Games and Gamification: Fostering Engagement and Motivation in the Classroom” a regional colloquy to be held from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, in the Graham Building at Penn State Hazleton.

As reported by EDUCAUSE, “gamification has the potential to help build connections among members of the academic community, drawing in shy students, supporting collaboration, and engendering interest in course content that students might not have otherwise explored.”

Participants are invited to join colleagues in a day of information-sharing, fun and collegiality. The group will learn about how faculty in business, engineering, kinesiology, physics and other disciplines are using both electronic and paper-based games with success, and will learn from experts about the challenges and benefits of instructional games.

Nathan Maton has been teaching and creating game-inspired experiences with technology for 10 years. He’s worked with schools such as Harvard, NYU and community colleges across the country as well as brands such as Google, The Economist, National Geographic, Zagat, Samsung, Nokia and more.

This is a free event that includes concurrent sessions, giveaways, lunch and more. Directions to the Hazleton campus are available at

For more information and to register, visit

At Penn State Harrisburg:

-- Linda Suskie, nationally recognized expect in higher education assessment will lead “Summarizing, Understanding and Using Assessment Results: A Colloquy to Address University-Wide Efforts at Assessing Student Learning at the Program Level” to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, at Penn State Harrisburg.

Participants will join with colleagues from across Penn State's network of campuses to work directly with Linda Suskie, a former vice president of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, who brings more than 35 years of experience in university administration including work in assessment, institutional research and strategic planning. During the morning session, attendees will use case studies to discuss and interpret actual program assessment results. In the afternoon, attendees will have the opportunity to break into groups by campus, department, or shared interest to work with Schreyer Institute consultants, instructional designers, and Linda Suskie in 30- to 60-minute consultations. The day will end with a summary of the work addressed during the consultations and the opportunity for each group to set goals and identify needed resources. For more information and to register, visit

Last Updated September 06, 2012