Schreyer Institute to hold three different workshops

March 07, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence will present the following free workshops:

"The Summer Squeeze: Planning Effective Learning Experiences for Students in a Short Semester" from noon to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, in 315 Rider Building, University Park

Trying to slim your 15-week course into just six weeks? We can help! This workshop, presented by our Graduate Consultants David Favre and Moji Shahvali, offers strategies and best practices for effective teaching and learning over an abbreviated summer semester.

"Making Multiple Choice Tests More Effective" from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 20, in 508 Rider Building, University Park

Multiple choice tests can have a place in many courses. If they’re well designed, they can yield useful information on student achievement of many important course objectives, including some thinking skills. And item analysis of the results can shed light on how well the questions are working as well as what students have learned. This workshop, presented by Linda Suskie, will consist of presentations with short breakout exercises and opportunities for questions. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to use principles of good question construction to develop tests, develop test questions that assess thinking skills as well as conceptual understanding, and use item analysis to understand and improve both test questions and student learning.

Linda will present a repeat session (minus breakouts) via Zoom from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 25. This session will be recorded.

'How to Write a Teaching Philosophy Statement' from noon to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, 315 Rider Building, University Park. The workshop will be repeated from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 22, in 7A Sparks Building, University Park.

A teaching philosophy statement is required by many search committees as part of the faculty hiring process. In this hands-on workshop, facilitated by Research Associate Chas Brua, participants will identify their central beliefs about teaching and will consider kinds of evidence they can use to show those beliefs in action.

This workshop satisfies a requirement for the Instructional Foundations Series for new instructors.

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Last Updated March 07, 2017