Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence announces upcoming events

January 18, 2011

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

Those interested in polycom (when available) should contact their instructional design specialist, or contact the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence at site@psu.edu or 814-863-2599.

-- Destiny Aman, Andria Antiliou, and Beate Brunow, graduate consultants in the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, will present “Getting Through the Stack: Grading for Learning” from 10 to 11 a.m. on Jan. 25, in 315 Rider Building, University Park. To register, visit http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/Register/Detail.aspx?ID=10354 online. Polycom is available.

-- Destiny Aman, graduate consultant in the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, will present “Best Practices for PowerPoint: Tips for Teachers” from noon to 1 p.m. on Jan. 26, in room 315 Rider Building, University Park. PowerPoint is one of the most commonly used technologies in teaching, but in terms of promoting student learning, it’s often used less effectively than it might be. In this workshop, Aman will present current issues and research regarding the effective use of PowerPoint. Building on work by communication experts Edward Tufte, Jean-luc Doumont, and Penn State's Michael Alley, she will present and demonstrate simple but solid guidelines for effective slideshow design. This session will be offered in a face-to-face format in 315 Rider Building, University Park, and via Adobe Connect. To register, visit http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/Register/Multi-Item-Registration.aspx?ID=10344 online.

-- Crystal Ramsay, instructional consultant in the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, will present “Best Practices for Designing Effective Multiple Choice Tests” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Jan. 26, in room 315 Rider Building, University Park. Join Ramsay for an interactive workshop on creating effective multiple choice tests. Good planning, instruction, and assessment are inextricably connected. Participants will learn strategies for linking test items to learning objectives, for developing test blueprints, and for writing effective multiple choice items. The workshop also will cover tips on writing higher level items and will consider different strategies for increasing the reliability of students’ scores. This workshop is intended as a companion to “Item Analysis: Improving Multiple Choice Tests,” scheduled to take place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 2, but attending both is not required. To register, visit http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/Register/Detail.aspx?ID=10355 online. Polycom is available.

-- Andria Antiliou and Beate Brunow, graduate consultants in the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, will present “Documenting Your Teaching: Tips for Grad Students Facing the Job Market” from 9:45 to 11 a.m. on Jan. 27, in room 315 Rider Building, University Park. Participants in this workshop will learn methods for document their teaching successes and to develop a teaching portfolio as a career tool. To register, visit http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/Register/Detail.aspx?ID=10358 online.

-- Larkin Hood, instructional consultant in the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, will present “Classroom Management Strategies” from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Jan. 27, in room 315 Rider Building, University Park. This interactive presentation will provide tips and resources on classroom management and will include time for discussion of best practices with Penn State colleagues. To register, visit http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/Register/Detail.aspx?ID=10357 online.

-- Cindy Decker Raynak, senior instructional designer in the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, will present “Managing Difficult Students -- A Noontime Roundtable Discussion” from Noon to 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 1, in 315 Rider Building, University Park. This session is about what instructors can do to manage disruptive behaviors in a productive way. This session will address appropriate, proactive course policies and their reasonable presentation and enforcement. Attendees are asked to bring their own beverages and lunch. Polycom is available. To register, please visit http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/Register/Multi-Item-Registration.aspx?ID=10359 online. For additional information about more Noontime Roundtable Discussions, visit http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/Noontime/ online. Polycom is available.

-- Crystal Ramsay, instructional consultant in the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence will present “Item Analysis: Improving Multiple Choice Tests” from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 2, in room 315 Rider Building, University Park. In this interactive workshop, course instructors will learn strategies for improving their multiple choice test-writing skills. Participants should bring a copy of a recent report for one of their own multiple choice tests. This workshop is intended as a companion to “Best Practices for Designing Effective Multiple Choice Tests,” but attending both is not required. To register, visit http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/Register/Detail.aspx?ID=10360 online.

-- Cindy Decker Raynak, senior instructional consultant in the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence will present “Student Centered Discussion” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays from Feb. 3 to 24 in 315 Rider Building, University Park. Student Centered Discussion (SCD) is a process for training students to have productive, generative discussions about course content. SCD is a flexible model and it can be successfully incorporated in any discipline. This four part workshop series will be facilitated by Raynak, Angelique Bacon-Woodard, scholar in residence in the Undergraduate Education Learning Assistance Center, and Beate Brunow, graduate consultant. For more information, visit http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/scd/. To register, visit http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/Register/Detail.aspx?ID=10364.

Last Updated January 25, 2011