Programs

The Faculty Center continues to facilitate discussion sessions to connect you with your colleagues, and hands-on workshops to update your technology skills. Please consider taking advantage of these opportunities. If the dates and/or times don't fit your schedule, simply contact us to schedule a one-on-one appointment. If there's a topic you would like us to add as a future offering, please let us know. We are always interested in your suggestions!

Spring 2014 Semester Workshop List
Full descriptions are provided below this listing.

  • Best Practices in Blogging via Sites at Penn State for Higher Education:  Friday, January 24, 2:45-4:00pm, via Adobe Connect
  • Penn State Course in College Teaching: 6-week course beginning January 30th, E264 Olmsted
  • i>clicker for the Classroom: Thursday, January 30th, 11:30am-1:00pm, W132 Olmsted
  • Best Practices in lynda.com for Higher Education: Wednesday, February 12th, 12:00-1:00pm, E330 Olmsted
  • International Student Panel Discussion:  Tuesday, March 18th, 12:00-1:15pm, TL 128
  • Best Practices for Using Doceri in the Classroom: Wednesday, March 19th, 12:00-1:00pm, E330 Olmsted
  • Faculty Panel Presentation and Discussion:  Tuesday, April 1st, 12:00-1:15pm, W107 Olmsted (Gallery Lounge)
  • World Wide Narratives Day of Listening: Thursday, April 10th, W132 Olmsted (Oliver LaGrone)
  • Teaching and Learning through the Lens of Photography:  Friday, April 25, 9:00-10:15am, E308 Olmsted and via Polycom
  • Co-Inventor of the i>clicker to visit Penn State:  Wednesday, May 7, 10:30am-12:00pm, 112 Borland Building and via Adobe Connect
  • I Survived:  Multimedia Projects in the Classroom:  Friday, May 16, 10:00am-12:00pm, W107 Olmsted (Gallery Lounge)
  • NMC: Horizon Report - 2014 Higher Education Edition: date/time/location to be announced soon 


Faculty Roundtable:  Best Practices in Blogging
via Sites at Penn State for Higher Education

Friday, January 24, 2014, 2:45-4:00pm
Online via Meeting@PennState powered by Adobe Connect
Registration link: http://portal.outreach.psu.edu/search/publicCourseSectionDetails.do?method=load&sectionId=582518&paCode=PA0002# (NOTE: Registration limited to 20)

Course Details

Blogs are web-based tools that allow individuals to post their thoughts via text and other media on the web for others to comment on. In this discussion-oriented seminar, participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of blogging using Sites at Penn State and will discuss best uses of the tool for teaching and learning.


Objectives

  • List the basic features of blogs
  • Determine if blogs are the best technology for the teaching situation
  • List educational uses of blogs
  • List the types of educational blogs
  • List the best ways to make blog posts discoverable
  • Discuss best uses of blogs for teaching and learning

Notes

SESSION TIME & LOGIN INFO: The starting time listed is 15 minutes prior to the actual starting time of the session in order to give online participants an opportunity to log in and test all necessary settings, including audio and system requirements, before the session begins.

Visit the following link at the starting time indicated to participate in this live session: https://meeting.psu.edu/sitesroundtable/

Prerequisites

None



The Penn State Course in College Teaching

Facilitated by Dr. Carol McQuiggan, Senior Instructional Designer in the Faculty Center for Teaching & Instructional Technology

Date/Time: Face-to-face sessions are 1/30, 2/20, and 3/06

Location: E264 OImsted and online

Registration required by Friday, January 17th, by emailing Betsy at rap21@psu.edu

Required textbook: Ambrose, S.A., Bridges, M.W., DiPietro, M., Lovett, M.C., and Norman, M.K. (2010). How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Learning. Jossey-Bass: San Francisco. ISBN #0470484101.

Description: The Penn State Course in College Teaching is a free, non-credit course offered approximately once per academic year at Penn State Harrisburg, and is open to anyone who teaches at Penn State, from teaching assistants (TAs) to senior faculty. This 6-week hybrid course is designed to explore successful teaching and learning as a collaborative group through discussion and practice sessions based on information drawn from the teaching and learning literature, as well as from the experiences of each participant. The course materials and discussions provide you with practical and innovative ways to design and implement new and reflective instructional activities to improve your teaching effectiveness and help you respond to the various learning needs of your students. 

This course is designed for Penn State faculty of any rank or status, and TAs who are currently teaching or who have recently taught and expect to do so again within the next semester or two. The course is not designed to meet the needs of first-time teachers. If you have questions about the course fit, please contact Carol McQuiggan at cam240@psu.edu as soon as possible. 

Upon successful completion of the course, participants should be able to:

  • apply effective principles of course design and planning,
  • integrate teaching and assessment strategies to enhance student learning,
  • reflect on personal beliefs and practices about teaching and learning, and
  • locate resources on teaching and learning available at Penn State.
There are six sessions scheduled, with three sessions held online rather than face-to-face. All face-to-face sessions will be held on the Penn State Harrisburg campus. 

Schedule:
  1. Face-to-face, Thursday, 1/30/14, 12:30-2:30pm, E264 Olmsted
  2. Online, Week of 1/31/14
  3. Online, Week of 2/7/14
  4. Face-to-face, Thursday, 2/20/14, 12:30-2:30pm, E264 Olmsted
  5. Online, Week of 2/21/14
  6. Face-to-face, Thursday, 3/6/14, 12:30-2:30pm, E264 Olmsted

Completion of the Course in College Teaching satisfies one requirement of the Graduate School Teaching Certificate http://www.gradsch.psu.edu/index.cfm/current-students/tacert/.

Please reply to Betsy by Friday, January 17th, at rap21@psu.edu with your interest in participating in this course.


i>clicker for the Classroom
Thursday, January 30th, 11:30am-1:00pm, W132 Olmsted

Patrick Farace, Senior Technology Specialist with i>clicker, will present on getting started with clickers as well as best practices for creating the best questions.

Please join us for a fun, interactive presentation of i>clicker.  Initially developed to electronically collect student feedback in large, lecture-hall classes, i>clicker is also well-suited for the small, intimate group settings.  

  • Heard about i>clicker being used at Penn State and not sure if its right for you?  Then join us to see how this educational tool can enhance your lecture.  
  • Already committed to using i>clicker?  Then join us to see how to get started and how best to maximize your experience. 
  • Have you used i>clicker in the past?  Then come share your expertise with others.
 
Register at: 
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kiWjAlOMdpIpzX7xc6zE_nDvBLxI50UF1hCalVJuvt8/viewform

Program:
1. Introductions, Overview of i>clicker
2. Why should instructors use a clicker system?
3. Advantages of using i>clicker:
        a. Simple hardware
        b. Easy software
        c. Reports/i>grader
        d. Asking different kinds of questions
        e. Pricing/bookstore, info/misc.
4. Best Practices when implementing i>clicker into your course 


Best Practices in Lynda.com for Higher Education

Wednesday, February 12th, 12:00-1:00pm, E330 Olmsted
Register by emailing Betsy at rap21@psu.edu 

Join Tim Lengel as he leads a hands-on workshop to introduce you to lynda.com, an excellent resource for students, faculty, and staff to learn software, creative techniques, and business skills at their own pace. Vetted instructors walk the user through tutorials that are segmented into easily digestible videos, available anytime on their desktop or mobile device.

Headphones/ear buds are suggested.

Objectives:

  • List the basic features of lynda.com
  • Review lynda.com usage across Penn State
  • Create a lynda.com Penn State account to search topics and transcripts
  • Become familiar with steps to share a course with your students, create bookmarks, and populate your training queue
  • Discuss the best uses of lynda.com for teaching and learning


International Student Panel Discussion

Tuesday, March 18th, 12:00-1:15pm, TL 128

Facilitated by Glenn McGuigan
Chair of the Faculty Senate Student Affairs Committee

A panel of international students representing multiple countries and academic programs will share their adjustment to life in Middletown and learning at Penn State Harrisburg.  They will discuss their greatest challenges in the classroom and what has helped them overcome these challenges.

Reservation required for light luncheon:  RSVP to Betsy Parlett at rap21@psu.edu

Sponsored by the Faculty Center for Teaching & Instructional Technology, Faculty Senate International and Intercultural Affairs and Student Affairs Committees, Office of International Student Support Services, and Russell E. Horn Sr. Learning Center

Best Practices for Using Doceri in the Classroom
Wednesday, March 19th, 12:00-1:00pm, E330 Olmsted 
Register by emailing Betsy at rap21@psu.edu 

Join Tim Lengel as he leads a hands-on workshop to introduce you to Doceri, an application that allows you to control any computer using an iPad.  Annotate and record over any application, document, or image.  Break away from the podium and move freely through your classroom.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own iPad with Doceri already installed.  Please visit http://doceri.psu.edu/faculty-first-steps/ for application installation instructions.  A stylus for the iPad is highly recommended.

This workshop will focus on using Doceri to enhance your students' experience in class.

Objectives:
     
  • Observe a demonstration of Doceri and its uses in the classroom
  • Connect and practice with Doceri on your iPad
  • Discuss strategies to improve teaching using Doceri

If you are interested in this workshop but do not have an iPad, you are still welcome to attend.


Faculty Panel Presentation and Discussion

Tuesday, April 1st, 12:00-1:15pm, W107 Olmsted (Gallery Lounge)

Facilitated by Robin Redmon Wright
Chair of the Faculty Senate International & Intercultural Affairs Committee

This forum will open with a short presentation by the International Student Support Services Office.  Attendees will receive a handout that outlines resources available to them and to their international students.  Faculty panelists will share the instructional strategies that are working well in their classes, the resources they have used, and how they have addressed the challenges and benefits of a diverse class.  Time will be provided for questions.

Reservation required for light luncheon:  RSVP to Betsy Parlett at rap21@psu.edu

Sponsored by the Faculty Center for Teaching & Instructional Technology, Faculty Senate International and Intercultural Affairs and Student Affairs Committees, Office of International Student Support Services, and Russell E. Horn Sr. Learning Center


World Wide Narratives Day of Listening
In Partnership with First Year Seminar Program
Thursday, April 10, 11:00am - 2:00pm, W132 Olmsted (Oliver LaGrone)

World Wide Narratives creates intentional spaces in which members of the Penn State community tell their own stories of lived experience, and listen to those told by others.  It explores who we are as a community, giving voice to what is often unheard and unnoticed with the aim of shifting awareness of difference, and provoking new approaches to addressing it.  The process is grounded in the assumption that meaningful human interaction involves risk, care, and openness.

Since Fall 2011, students, faculty, and staff have collected over 200 stories from our campus.  Please join our team to encourage listening and appreciation of the diverse stories and perspectives here at Penn State Harrisburg.  Contact Shivaani at sas82@psu.edu for more information.

Teaching and Learning through the Lens of Photography
Friday, April 25, 9:00-10:15am, E308 Olmsted and via Polycom

Presented by Martin Springborg, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

These days, multi-media resources are integrated into many facets of teaching and learning in higher education.  Making photographs that capture the essence of our work can be an accessible and effective way to communicate what we do - to one another, as well as to external stakeholders and the general public.

In this workshop, photographer and educator Martin Springborg will present and discuss images, including ones taken at Penn State, from an ongoing, national photographic essay on teaching and learning in higher education.  Through visual and hands-on exercises, participants will learn ways in which they can use photographs to document and communicate about their own work.  Participants should bring a pair of scissors and white constructions type (non-flimsy) paper for a workshop exercise.

Harrisburg location only:  Bring a camera (any type, from point-and-shoot to DSLR) if you have one for additional hands-on advice after the workshop.

Polycom available at the following locations:

Berks - 120 Gaige
Harrisburg - Originating location:  E308 Olmsted Building
University Park - 315 Rider Building

If you do not see your campus listed above, please see your Instructional Design Specialist or contact us at site@psu.edu or 814-863-2599.

Martin Springborg teaches photography and art history in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.  His Teaching and Learning project brings to light the viral necessity of collaboration among people from different institutional sectors, especially in support of student success.  Stylistically inspired by photographers like Robert Frank and Lisette Model, his Teaching and Learning photos convey a knowledge of and sensitivity to interactions between teachers, learners, and technology in the classroom.  Ultimately, Springborg's work captures the nuance, spark, challenge, and joy of teaching and learning in settings as diverse as research universities, culinary institutes, liberal arts collages, and more.

Some of his work was recently published in the NEA journal Thought and Action, and can be viewed in the journal's online form at http://www.nea.org/thoughtandaction.

Co-inventor of the i>clicker to visit Penn State

Wednesday, May 7, 10:30am-12:00pm, 112 Borland Building, UP or via Adobe Connect

Presented by Mats Selen


Mats Selen, co-inventor of the i>clicker student response system, has been working to improve the Intro to Physics curriculum at the University of Illinois since 1993.  Come hear Mats discuss how he and his physics colleagues at U of I have used clickers, just in time teaching, and flipping the classroom methodologies to transition the traditional lecture into interactive, engaging, and effective learning experiences for his students.


To attend in person at UP, please register at http://portal.outreach.psu.edu/search/publicCourseSectionDetails.do?method=load&sectionId=810955&paCode=PA0002#.


To attend the live stream on Adobe Connect at http://meeting.psu.edu/clickers, please register at http://portal.outreach.psu.edu/search/publicCourseSectionDetails.do?method=load&sectionId=849114&paCode=PA0002#.


Questions may be directed to Brian Young, TLT instructional designer, at bxy8@psu.edu.


I Survived:  Multimedia Projects in the Classroom
Friday, May 16, 10:00am-12:00pm, Gallery Lounge (W107 Olmsted)

This past academic year brought with it a number of unique challenges - most notably some extreme weather, as you no doubt recall!  It also gave a group of Harrisburg faculty a chance to beat the odds and guide their students through some very successful multimedia projects in the classroom.  Come hear their stories at "I Survived: Multimedia Projects in the Classroom" to learn how you can add video and audio projects to your courses too.  There will be lots of opportunities to ask questions and find out about University resources to help along the way - as well as light refreshments from C&J Catering.

Visit http://bit.ly/1im6aEh today to learn more about "I Survived" and to register for free!

NMC: Horizon Report - 2014 Higher Education Edition
Date/time/location to be announced soon

Carol McQuiggan will present the most recent Horizon Report "designed to help education leaders, policy makers, and faculty understand new and emerging technologies, and their potential impact on teaching, learning, and research" within higher education institutions over the next five years. Along with a summary of key trends and significant challenges, the six important developments in educational technology for higher education to be discussed are as follows:
  1. Flipped classroom
  2. Learning Analytics
  3. 3D Printing
  4. Games and Gamification
  5. Quantified Self
  6. Virtual Assistants

Each of these developments will be described, along with their relevance to higher education. Examples of current practices will be shared, along with resources to learn more.


Fall 2013 Semester Workshop List
Full descriptions are provided below this listing.

  • New Faculty Orientation: by invitation: Monday, 8/19/13, 8:30am-4:45pm, Special Events Room, E139 Olmsted
  • Adjunct Faculty Orientation: Saturday, 8/24/13, 8:15am-12:30pm, room C12 Olmsted
  • SRTE Q & A: Thursday, 9/12/13, 2:30pm-4:00pm, via Polycom in E308 Olmsted. Registration Required
  • Talking about Teaching Story Lab: No RSVP needed:
    • Friday, 9/20/13, 3:00-4:00pm, W205 Olmsted
    • Friday, 10/18/13, 3:00-4:00pm, W205 Olmsted See World Wide Narratives Screening below
    • Friday, 11/15/13, 3:00-4:00pm, W205 Olmsted Rescheduled - TBD
  • Best Practices in lynda.com for Higher Education:  Thursday, 9/26/13, noon-1:00pm, C12 Olmsted, RSVP to rap21@psu.edu required
  • Media Commons Tailgate Watch Party: Friday, 10/4/13, 8:30am-3:30pm, Oliver Lagrone Room, W132 Olmsted
  • Best Practices for Using Doceri in the Classroom: Tuesday, 10/8/13, noon-1:00pm, E330 Olmsted
  • Motivating Student Learning: Thursday, 10/17/13, 1:00pm-2:00pm, via Polycom in E308 Olmsted. Registration Required
  • World Wide Narratives Screening:  Wednesday, 10/23/13, noon-1:30pm, Oliver Lagrone Room, W132 Olmsted
  • ELI Online Fall Focus Session 2013: Tuesday-Thursday, 11/5-7/2013, 12:00-3:30pm, W203 Olmsted
  • World Wide Narratives Day of Listening: Thursday, 11/14/13, 10am-3pm, Oliver Lagrone Room, W132 Olmsted
  • Penn State Course in College Teaching: Spring 2014


New Faculty Orientation

Monday, August 19, 2013, 8:30-4:45pm, E139 Olmsted (Special Events Room)

By invitation of the Chancellor's office

This past event included sessions on using ANGEL, Penn State's Course Management System,   academic integrity, faculty practices that best support learning, and managing difficult situations in the classroom. Also included was a tour of the library. For details, please contact Carol McQuiggan at cam240@psu.edu.


8th Annual Adjunct Faculty Orientation

Saturday, August 24, 2013, 8:15am-12:30pm, C12 Olmsted

RSVP to Betsy Parlett by Wednesday, August 21, at rap21@psu.edu

  This past event introduced attendees to important campus and University resources, services, and policies, and included sessions on managing difficult situations in the classroom, using ANGEL, and hearing students share faculty best practices for learning. For details, please contact Carol McQuiggan at cam240@psu.edu.


SRTE Q & A Session
Presented by Angela Linse, Executive Director and Associate Dean of the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence
Thursday, September 12, 2013, 2:30-4:00pm
via Polycom in E308 Olmsted
Registration Required

How can SRTEs (Student Ratings of Teaching Effectiveness) be used to improve teaching and learning?  Faculty, administrators and staff are invited to bring these and other questions to this informal Q&A session.  Please register at the Schreyer Institute website by choosing the Harrisburg location.


Talking about Teaching Story Lab
Friday, 9/20/13, 3:00-4:00pm, W205 Olmsted
Friday, 10/18/13, 3:00-4:00pm, W205 Olmsted See World Wide Narratives Screening below
Friday, 11/15/13, 3:00-4:00pm, W205 Olmsted  Rescheduled - TBD

This monthly gathering is an opportunity for faculty to share stories about best teaching practices with one another and partner with the Faculty Center to document these practices. We will be producing online case studies that can serve as a resource to other Penn State Harrisburg faculty and beyond. In our monthly meetings, we will also "workshop" ideas for documentation.

Sharing best practices is beneficial when:

  • you are trying to solve a problem in the face-to-face or online classroom;
  • you are in need of new ideas and inspiration; or,
  • you want to share a success that marks a transformation in your teaching.

This is an evolving space, so your involvement will determine our discussions and story production process. Please consider joining in!


Best Practices in Lynda.com for Higher Education

Thursday, September 26, 2013, 12:00-1:00pm, C12 Olmsted

Join Tim Lengel as he leads a hands-on workshop to introduce you to lynda.com, an excellent resource for students, faculty, and staff to learn software, creative techniques, and business skills at their own pace. Vetted instructors walk the user through tutorials that are segmented into easily digestible videos, available anytime on their desktop or mobile device.

Headphones/ear buds are suggested.

Objectives:

  • List the basic features of lynda.com
  • Review lynda.com usage across Penn State
  • Create a lynda.com Penn State account to search topics and transcripts
  • Become familiar with steps to share a course with your students, create bookmarks, and populate your training queue
  • Discuss the best uses of lynda.com for teaching and learning


RSVP by Wednesday, September 25th, to Betsy at rap21@psu.edu.


Media Commons Tailgate Watch Party
Friday, October 4, 2013, 8:30am-3:30pm, W132 Olmsted (Oliver Lagrone room)
Streamed to our campus from University Park
Register at http://tailgate.tlt.psu.edu/register/ and choose Harrisburg as your location to receive a meal card for lunch

As digital media plays an increasingly important role in the instruction faculty provide and the educational opportunities students expect, higher educational institutions are faced with a growing need to provide services to support this, both in terms of technology platforms and the pedagogy necessary to effectively leverage those platforms. The Media Commons Tailgate is a highly interactive, one-day event focused on exploring the possibilities for digital media in teaching and learning. 

Register at http://tailgate.tlt.psu.edu/register/ and choose Harrisburg as your location to receive a meal card for lunch


Best Practices for Using Doceri in the Classroom
Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 12:00-1:00pm, E330 Olmsted

Join Tim Lengel as he leads a hands-on workshop to introduce you to Doceri, an application that allows you to control any computer using an iPad.  Annotate and record over any application, document, or image.  Break away from the podium and move freely through your classroom.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own iPad with Doceri already installed.  Please visit http://doceri.psu.edu/faculty-first-steps/ for application installation instructions.  A stylus for the iPad is highly recommended.

This workshop will focus on using Doceri to enhance your students' experience in class.

Objectives:
    
  • Observe a demonstration of Doceri and its uses in the classroom
  • Connect and practice with Doceri on your iPad
  • Discuss strategies to improve teaching using Doceri


If you are interested in this workshop but do not have an iPad, you are still welcome to attend.

RSVP by Monday, October 7th, to Betsy at rap21@psu.edu.


Motivating Student Learning
Presented by Crystal Ramsay, Research Associate and Instructional Consultant
Thursday, October 17, 2013, 1:00-2:00pm
via Polycom in E308 Olmsted
Registration Required

Do your students seem to lack a strong work ethic, enthusiasm, and a general desire to learn? Poor student motivation can be a barrier to learning. Join Crystal for a discussion of what does--and does not--motivate students. You'll learn research-based strategies for increasing student motivation. You'll feel differently about your students and leave feeling empowered to motivate them!  Please register at the Schreyer Institute website by choosing the Harrisburg location.

World Wide Narratives Screening
Wednesday, October 23, 2013, noon-1:30pm
W132 Olmsted (Oliver Lagrone room)

Come to a screening of First Year Students' stories of achievement and challenge at Penn State Harrisburg.  Celebrate the stories!  Listen, Reflect, and Comment!  For more information, contact Shivaani Selvaraj at sas82@psu.edu.

ELI Online Fall Focus Session 2013
How Online Initiatives Are Transforming Learning
Tuesday-Thursday, November 5-7, 2013, 12:00-3:30pm, W203 Olmsted
No registration needed
A full resource list is available at http://tinyurl.com/onlineinno

Please access the agenda from this link  (http://www.educause.edu/ELI139/Program). The linked session titles provide the full session descriptions and speaker titles/affiliation. Feel free to come and go as you are able. Because we only have one log on ID and password, it will only be available in W203C, as will the recordings.

For your convenience, here's a quick list of the sessions by day:
Tuesday, November 5
12:00-12:15pm - Welcome
12:15-12:50pm - Accelerated Innovation in Higher Ed: Is It Driving a Higher Return on Education?
12:50-  1:15pm - Teaching to the Network: Public Pedagogy across Institutional Barriers
  1:15-  1:25pm - Break
  1:25-  1:50pm - MOOCs and Beyond: A University Perspective
  1:50-  2:15pm - New Methods to Grade Student Essay and Short-Answer Responses
  2:15-  2:25pm - Break
  2:25-  3:20pm - Design Thinking for Higher Education
  3:20-  3:30pm - Closing

Wednesday, November 6
12:00-12:05pm - Welcome
12:05-12:35pm - Leadership in a Disrupted Industry
12:35-  1:00pm - Chinmay Kulkarni
  1:00-  1:10pm - Break
  1:10-  1:50pm - Learners and Learning in MOOCs: Findings from Stanford's Lytics Lab
  1:50-  2:20pm - Is Your Institution Ready to Innovate with Learning Analytics?
  2:20-  2:30pm - Break
  2:30-  3:10pm - Designing Customer-Focused Service Processes
  3:10-  3:25pm - Service Blueprinting Activity
  3:25-  3:30pm - Closing

Thursday, November 7
12:00-12:10pm - Welcome
12:10-12:45pm - Personalized Learning Using Continuously Adaptive Technology
12:45-  1:10pm - Clarke-Midura, Session TBA
  1:10-  1:20pm - Break
  1:20-  1:45pm - Peer Assessment in MOOCs
  1:45-  2:10pm - Adaptively Building Math Skills with ALEKS
  2:10-  2:20pm - Break
  2:20-  2:45pm - A Faculty Perspective on the First ACE Review of a MOOC: What We Learned, and Where Do We Go Now?
  2:45-  3:15pm - Designing for Online and Blended Courses
  3:15-  3:30pm - Closing


World Wide Narratives Day Of Listening
Thursday, November 14, 2013, 10am-3pm (programs start every hour on the hour)
W132 Olmsted (Oliver Lagrone room)

Come to a screening of your friends' and colleagues' stories of achievement and challenge at Penn State Harrisburg.  Listen, Reflect, and Comment!  For more information, contact Shivaani Selvaraj at sas82@psu.edu.


Spring 2013 Semester Workshop List
Full descriptions are provided below this listing.

  • Talking about Teaching Story Lab, No RSVP needed:
    • Friday, 1/18/13, 3:00-4:00pm, W207 Olmsted
    • Thursday, 2/28/13, 2:00-3:00pm, W132 Olmsted (Oliver LaGrone)
    • Friday, 3/15/13, 3:00-4:00pm, W207 Olmsted
    • Thursday, 4/18/13, 2:00-3:00pm, W132 Olmsted (Oliver LaGrone)
  • Best Practices in Lynda.com for Higher Education, Tuesday, 1/22/13, 12:00-1:00pm, C12 Olmsted, RSVP to rap21@psu.edu required
  • SRTE Question and Answer Session, Tuesday, 2/12/13, 9:45-11:15am, Adobe Connect via https://meeting.psu.edu/srteqa/. Please register at the Schreyer Institute website by choosing this workshop and the Adobe Connect location: http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/events?date=February
  • Best Practices for PowerPoint: Tips for Teachers, Wednesday, 2/20/13, 12:15-1:15pm, Adobe Connect via https://meeting.psu.edu/powerpoint/. Please register at the Schreyer Institute website by choosing this workshop and the Adobe Connect location: http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/events?date=February
  • Academic Advising Faculty Panel Discussion, Tuesday, 2/26/13, 12:00-1:00pm, W338 Olmsted. RSVP to rap21@psu.edu required.
  • Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States, Tuesday, 3/19/13, 12:00-1:15pm, W338 Olmsted. RSVP to rap21@psu.edu required.
  • Educause Learning Initiative Online Spring Focus Session: Learning and the MOOC, Wednesday and Thursday, 4/3-4/13, 12:00-5:00pm, E200 Olmsted. RSVP to rap21@psu.edu required.
  • NMC: Horizon Report - 2013 Higher Education Edition, Tuesday, 4/16/13, 12:00-1:15pm, W338 Olmsted. RSVP to rap21@psu.edu required.
  • Peer-led Team Learning: A Student-Faculty Partnership for Transforming the Learning Environment, Thursday, 4/25/13, 12:00-1:30pm, via polycom in E308 Olmsted.


Talking about Teaching Story Lab
Friday, January 18th, 2013, 3:00-4:00pm in W207 Olmsted
*Thursday, 2/28/13, 2:00-3:00pm, W132 Olmsted (Oliver LaGrone)
Friday, 3/15/13, 3:00-4:00pm, W207 Olmsted
Thursday, 4/18/13, 2:00-3:00pm, W132 Olmsted (Oliver LaGrone)

This monthly gathering is an opportunity for faculty to share stories about best teaching practices with one another and partner with the Faculty Center to document these practices. We will be producing online case studies that can serve as a resource to other Penn State Harrisburg faculty and beyond. In our monthly meetings, we will also "workshop" ideas for documentation.

Sharing best practices is beneficial when:

  • you are trying to solve a problem in the face-to-face or online classroom;
  • you are in need of new ideas and inspiration; or,
  • you want to share a success that marks a transformation in your teaching.

This is an evolving space, so your involvement will determine our discussions and story production process. Please consider joining in!

*For Thursday, February 28th, 2:00-3:00pm, W132 Olmsted (Oliver LaGrone):
The Faculty Center is interested in finding out more about the benefits and challenges you are experiencing from the increase of international students in the classroom.

You are invited to participate in our next Talking about Teaching meeting, when Maida Muslic-Kovar and Ana Aguilera Hermida will join us. They have much expertise from working with international students on our campus through Campus Life. This meeting will combine hearing from you and sharing some tips and best practices from integrating international students into classroom and campus life.

Please start now by sharing your questions and requests for resources and support. An online tool has been created that allows you to anonymously post your questions, and also vote other questions up or down based on their relevance to your experiences. This can help us to better understand the most common issues to address at the Talking about Teaching event.

Go to this website and click on the "Post a question" link and check back periodically to see what others have posted! http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/questions/PSHInternational

Please RSVP to Betsy Parlett if you would like to join us: rap21@psu.edu
After this event, a summary of the discussion will be posted on the Faculty Center's blog at http://hbg.psu.edu/facultycenter/blog/

Hope to see you!

Best Practices in Lynda.com for Higher Education

Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 12:00-1:00pm, C12 Olmsted

Join Tim Lengel as he leads a hands-on workshop to introduce you to lynda.com, an excellent resource for students, faculty, and staff to learn software, creative techniques, and business skills at their own pace. Vetted instructors walk the user through tutorials that are segmented into easily digestible videos, available anytime on their desktop or mobile device.

Objectives:

  • List the basic features of lynda.com
  • Review lynda.com usage across Penn State
  • Create a lynda.com Penn State account to search topics and transcripts
  • Become familiar with steps to share a course with your students, create bookmarks, and populate your training queue
  • Discuss the best uses of lynda.com for teaching and learning


RSVP by Monday, January 21st, to Betsy at rap21@psu.edu.


SRTE Question and Answer Session
Presented by Angela Linse, Executive Director and Associate Dean of the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence
Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 9:45-11:15am
via Adobe Connect https://meeting.psu.edu/srteqa/

How can SRTEs (Student Ratings of Teaching Effectiveness) be used to improve teaching and learning? Faculty, administrators and staff are invited to bring these and other questions to this informal Q & A session. This event is offered virtually via Adobe Connect at https://meeting.psu.edu/srteqa. Please register at the Schreyer Institute website by choosing this workshop and the Adobe Connect location: http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/events?date=February


Best Practices for PowerPoint: Tips for Teachers
Presented by Chas Brua, Research Associate and Instructional Consultant
Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 12:15-1:15pm
via Adobe Connect https://meeting.psu.edu/powerpoint/

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, Chas Brua 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, he will present and demonstrate simple but solid guidelines for effective slideshow design. This event is offered virtually via Adobe Connect at https://meeting.psu.edu/powerpoint/. Please register at the Schreyer Institute website by choosing this workshop and the Adobe Connect location: http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/events?date=February

Academic Advising Faculty Panel Discussion
Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 12:00-1:00pm, W338 Olmsted
RSVP to rap21@psu.edu required

Katina Moten, Academic Advising Manager, and three faculty advising awardees, Rick Ciocci, Kamini Grahame, and Jane Kochanov, will eliminate the mysteries of determining credits needed for transfer and undeclared students, and share best practices for faculty advising. They will also provide time to answer your academic advising questions.

We encourage participants to post their questions prior to the event here: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/questions/AcademicAdvising.

Co-sponsored by the Faculty Center and the Faculty Senate

Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States
Tuesday, March 19th, 2013, 12:00-1:15pm, W338 Olmsted
RSVP to rap21@psu.edu required.

Carol McQuiggan will report on the results of this tenth annual report on the state of online learning in U.S. higher education. The study tracks the opinions of chief academic officers through survey research conducted by The Babson Survey Research Group. This year's report received responses from more than 2,800 colleges and universities and addresses the following key issues:
  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
  • Are We Heading for Online 2.0?
  • Is Online Learning Strategic?
  • How Many Students are Learning Online?
  • Who Offers Online?
  • Does it Take More Faculty Time and Effort to Teach Online?
  • Are Learning Outcomes in Online Comparable to Face-to-Face?
  • Has Faculty Acceptance of Online Increased?
  • Barriers to Widespread Adoption of Online Learning.

Come to hear the results and discuss what it means for Penn State Harrisburg. This is good information to inform your strategic planning around your online course and program offerings.


Educause Learning Initiative (ELI) Spring Focus Session:
Learning and the MOOC

Wednesday and Thursday, April 3-4, 2013, 12:00-5:00pm, E200 Olmsted
RSVP to rap21@psu.edu required.

Over the past year, the massive open online course (MOOC) has emerged as a significantly different course model. But how robust is the MOOC as a vehicle for learning? In this focus session, through presentations and discussions, the ELI will explore the MOOC and its viability as a new learning model. Topics will include:
  • The MOOC instructional/learning model and how to support faculty teaching in it;
  • Quality assurance mechanisms, accreditation, and analytics;
  • Instructional design challenges and opportunities;
  • Student evaluation, assessment, and academic integrity; and
  • The future of higher education and the MOOC.


During this session, we will explore this new online course model by touring institutional examples of MOOCs, various instructional design and delivery models, processes, methodologies for setting up and evaluating the model, and considering implications for teaching and learning.

This virtual event will use Adobe Connect, but you must attend in E200 Olmsted since we will have only one registered login. 

This online session will bring together a variety of teaching and learning professionals to begin to address challenges and opportunities related to working with emerging technologies and innovations around open educational content. The session will be valuable for:

  • Information technology professionals
  • Learning technologists and designers
  • Faculty members and instructors
  • Administrators
  • Librarians
  • Others functioning in related roles


(Session description from ELI event web page)


NMC: Horizon Report - 2013 Higher Education Edition
Tuesday, April 16th, 2013, 12:00-1:15pm, W338 Olmsted
RSVP to rap21@psu.edu required.

Carol McQuiggan will present the most recent Horizon Report "designed to help education leaders, policy makers, and faculty understand new and emerging technologies, and their potential impact on teaching, learning, and research" within higher education institutions over the next five years. Along with a summary of key trends and significant challenges, the six technologies to be discussed are as follows:
  1. Massively open online courses (MOOCs)
  2. Tablet computing
  3. Games and gamification
  4. Learning analytics
  5. 3D printing
  6. Wearable technology

Each of these technologies will be described, along with their relevance to higher education. Examples of current practices will be shared, along with resources to learn more.


Peer-led Team Learning: A Student-Faculty Partnership for Transforming the Learning Environment
Presented by Pratibha Varma-Nelson, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, Indiana University-Purdue University, hosted by the Woodward Endowment for Medical Science Education
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 12:00-1:30pm, via polycom in E308 Olmsted
Register at the Schreyer website

The Woodward EdVenture 2013 CME Learning Objectives - At the end of this lecture/workshop, participants will be able to :
  1. describe theoretical underpinnings of Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) Model of Teaching
  2. explain the difference between PLTL and cPLTL
  3. articulate the critical components of a successful PLTL program
  4. construct appropriate materials for getting students to work in groups
  5. describe the role of the faculty members in PLTL
  6. identify relevant criteria for selecting peer leaders
  7. articulate essential components of peer leader training


The presenter, Pratibha Varma-Nelson, is Professor of Chemistry and the Executive Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

Since 1995 Dr. Varma-Nelson's scholarly contributions have been in chemical education. She is well known in the STEM education community for her pioneering work in development, implementation and dissemination of the Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) model of teaching. She was a co-founder of Co-Pl of the first NSF funded Undergraduate Research Center, "Center for Authentic Science Practice in Education (CASPiE)." In addition, she co-authored the 2011 AAAS report, "Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Call to Action."

This program will be broadcast via Polycom from the Hershey Medical Center.

(Session description from the Schreyer Institute's Events site.)


Fall 2012 Semester Workshop List
Full descriptions are provided below this listing.

  • ANGEL Overview Workshops for Staff, 8/02/12 from 2:00-3:30pm, or 8/08/12 from 9:00-10:30am, in C13 Olmsted, RSVP to rap21@psu.edu
  • 7th Annual Adjunct Faculty Workshop, Saturday, 8/25/12, 8:30am-12:30pm, C12 & C13 Olmsted, RSVP to rap21@psu.edu
  • Talking about Teaching Story Lab, Fridays, 3:00-4:00pm, W207 Olmsted: 9/21, 10/19, 11/16, and 12/14, No RSVP is needed
  • SRTE Question and Answer Session, Wednesday, 9/12/12, 12:10-1:40pm, Adobe Connect, Registration Required
  • Best Practices for PowerPoint: Tips for Teachers, Tuesday, 9/18/12, 11:15am-12:15pm, Adobe Connect, Registration Required
  • Motivating Student Learning, Tuesday, 10/09/12, 11:15am-12:15pm, via polycom in E308 Olmsted, Registration Required
  • Faculty Roundtable: Best Practices in Yammer for Higher Education, 10/12/12, 1:00-2:00pm, via polycom in E308 Olmsted, Registration Required
  • Best Practices for PowerPoint: Tips for Teachers, Thursday, 10/18/12, 2:30pm-3:30pm, Adobe Connect, Registration Required
  • Technology and Pedagogy, Tuesday, 10/23/12, 11:15am-12:30pm, Adobe Connect, Registration Required
  • Here Comes Generation A: What Faculty Say About Adult Learners, Thursday, 10/25/12, 1:30-3:00pm, via polycom in E308 Olmsted, RSVP to Betsy at rap21@psu.edu or 717-948-4309
  • An Introduction to Effective Survey Questionnaire Design and Administration, Tuesday, 11/13/12, 1:00-2:00pm, Adobe Connect, Registration Required
  • Engaging Students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Courses: A Presentation with Douglas Duncan, University of Colorado, Thursday, 12/06/12, 11:00am-12:00pm, Virtual attendance available via MediaSite Live (details below)
  • Teaching with Clickers: A Workshop with Douglas Duncan, University of Colorado, Thursday, 12/06/12, 1:00-2:30pm, Virtual attendance available via MediaSite Live (details below)
  • SRTE Question and Answer Session, Tuesday, 2/12/13, 9:45-11:15am, Adobe Connect, Registration Required (Registration opens 12/1/12)
  • Best Practices for PowerPoint: Tips for Teachers, Wednesday, 2/20/13, 12:15-1:15pm, Adobe Connect, Registration Required (Registration opens 12/1/12)

ANGEL Overview Workshops for Staff


It has been a few years since this workshop has been offered to staff. If you have already participated in an ANGEL Overview for Staff, please note that this workshop will basically be the same. The only difference will be the questions you bring.

Whether you are already using ANGEL, or are interested in learning how you might begin to use it, this hands-on workshop will focus on the tools and features most useful to staff. A beginning user's level will be assumed, but there will be flexibility to delve into tools and features more deeply as the need arises which will give beginning users a better idea of how their colleagues are using ANGEL. Two identical sessions are being offered, so you only need to attend one. You only need to know your Penn State Access Account User ID and password to participate in this workshop. This is the same userID and password you use to log into Penn State email.

  • Thursday, August 2nd, 2:00-3:30pm, C13 Olmsted (RSVP to Betsy at rap21@psu.edu by Tuesday, July 31st)
  • Wednesday, August 8th, 9:00-10:30am, C13 Olmsted (RSVP to Betsy at rap21@psu.edu by Tuesday, July 31st)
If you have some specific questions/needs you would like to have addressed in this workshop, please include that in your RSVP to Betsy.

7th Annual Adjunct Faculty Workshop
Saturday, August 25, 2012
8:30am-12:30pm
C12 & C13 Olmsted

All adjunct faculty are cordially invited to the Faculty Center's 7th annual Adjunct Faculty Workshop. Please add August 25th to your calendar, and be sure to RSVP to Betsy Parlett at rap21@psu.edu or 717-948-4309 by Monday, August 20th.

  8:30-8:45         Registration & Continental Breakfast

  8:45-9:00         Welcome and Introductions from the Faculty Center instructional design staff: Kristin Bittner, Tim Lengel, Carol McQuiggan, and Shivaani Selvaraj

  9:00-9:15        Important campus and university resources, services, and policies

  9:15-10:15      Good Teaching: Video excerpts of Faculty Teaching Awardees Panel Discussion

10:15-10:30       Break

10:30-11:45       Hands-on ANGEL sessions - Using Penn State's course management system - beginner and intermediate hands-on sessions

11:45-12:15       What Works? Video excerpts of Student Panel Discussion

12:15-12:30       Evaluation and Closing

Comments from previous workshops include:
"Everything I needed to know to get me started."
"Met and exceeded my expectations."
"Very thorough and professional."
"Great workshop and the intermediate ANGEL prep was excellent."
"The workshop helped to calm my nerves about the first day."
"Well organized and useful. Good use of my time - thanks."

We hope you can join us!

Talking about Teaching Story Lab
Fridays from 3:00-4:00pm in W207 Olmsted
September 21st, October 19th, November 16th, December 14th
No RSVP required

This monthly gathering is an opportunity for faculty to share stories about best teaching practices with one another and partner with the Faculty Center to document these practices. We will be producing online case studies that can serve as a resource to other Penn State Harrisburg faculty and beyond. In our monthly meetings, we will also "workshop" ideas for documentation.

Sharing best practices is beneficial when:
  • you are trying to solve a problem in the face-to-face or online classroom;
  • you are in need of new ideas and inspiration; or,
  • you want to share a success that marks a transformation in your teaching.
This is an evolving space, so your involvement will determine our discussions and story production process. Please consider joining in! No RSVP is required.

SRTE Question and Answer Session
Presented by Angela Linse, Executive Director and Associate Dean of the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence
Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 12:10-1:40pm (Registration link), OR
Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 9:45-11:15am (Registration link)
Adobe Connect

How can SRTEs (Student Ratings of Teaching Effectiveness) be used to improve teaching and learning? Faculty, administrators and staff are invited to bring these and other questions to this informal Q & A session. This event is offered virtually via Adobe Connect at https://meeting.psu.edu/srteqa. Please register at the Schreyer Institute website by choosing the Adobe Connect location for September or February (registration opens 12/1/2012).

Best Practices for PowerPoint: Tips for Teachers
Presented by Chas Brua, Research Associate and Instructional Consultant
Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 11:15am-12:15pm (Registration link), OR
Thursday, October 18, 2012, 2:30-3:30pm (Registration link), OR
Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 12:15-1:15pm (Registration link - opens 12/1/2012)
Adobe Connect

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, Chas Brua 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, he will present and demonstrate simple but solid guidelines for effective slideshow design. This event is offered virtually via Adobe Connect at https://meeting.psu.edu/powerpoint/. Please register at the Schreyer Institute website by choosing the Adobe Connect location using the links provided above.

Motivating Student Learning
Presented by Crystal Ramsay, Research Associate and Instructional Consultant
Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 11:15am-12:15pm
via Polycom in E308 Olmsted
Registration Required

Do your students seem to lack a strong work ethic, enthusiasm, and a general desire to learn? Poor student motivation can be a barrier to learning. Join Crystal for a discussion of what does - and does not - motivate students. You'll learn research-based strategies for increasing student motivation. You'll feel differently about your students and leave feeling empowered to motivate them! Register at the Schreyer Institute website by choosing the Harrisburg location.

Faculty Roundtable: Best Practices in Yammer for Higher Education
Presented by Brett Bixler and Matt Meyer
Friday, October 12, 1:00-2:00pm

Originating from 118 Wagner at University Park, and joining in via Polycom from Room E308 Olmsted, Penn State Harrisburg. Registration link provided below.

Yammer is an enterprise social networking and collaboration service for employees within an organization. Yammer can be used as an integral part of your strategy for a course. In this discussion-oriented seminar, participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of Yammer at Penn State and will discuss best uses of the tool for teaching and learning.

Objectives:

  • List the basic features of Yammer
  • Determine if Yammer is the best technology for the teaching situation
  • List educational uses of Yammer
  • Discuss best uses of Yammer for teaching and learning

Register online at the Training Services website: https://register4its.psu.edu/Public/ShowDetail.asp?scheduleid=110630

NOTE: Even though the location will say 118 Wagner, this is the correct registration site for our location in E308 Olmsted.

Technology and Pedagogy

Presented by Bart Pursel, Research Associate/Undergraduate Education and Instructional Researcher
Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 11:15am-12:30pm (Registration link)
Adobe Connect

Curious what your Penn State colleagues are doing with technology in the classroom? This session explores several University-supported technologies, including blogs, wikis, lecture capture and VoiceThread, focusing on specific pedagogies employed with these various technology tools. Attendees will come away with an understanding of how these technologies can be applied to teaching and learning and where to go to get started with these technologies. This session is offered virtually via Adobe Connect at https://meeting.psu.edu/technologyandpedagogy/. Please register at the Schreyer Institute website by choosing the Adobe Connect location at their Registration site.

Here Comes Generation A: What Faculty Say About Adult Learners

Thursday, October 25, 2012
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
E308 Olmsted (connecting to 508 Rider via videoconference)

To register for this free event call the Faculty Center at 717-948-4309 or email Betsy at rap21@psu.edu.

Panelists: Martha Aynardi, Director of Academic Support and Special Projects, Penn State Berks; Martha Jordan, Director, Adult Learner Advocate and Enrollment Services;Jane Owens, Senior Director of Continuing Education, Penn State Abington; Karen Pollack, Director of Academic Affairs for Undergraduate Programs, Penn State World Campus; and Patricia Shope, Prior Learning Assessment Coordinator, Continuing Education and World Campus

The Penn State Commission for Adult Learners, composed of faculty, staff, and students from across the university system exists to increase enrollment of and improve the adult learner experience at Penn State. In In the fall of 2011 a total of 4,807 faculty members were invited to participate in a survey to gather information relative to (1) current attitudes toward adult learners at Penn State, (2) perceptions of the unique needs of adult learners, (3) the types of accommodations necessary for adult learners, and (4) identifying the needs of adult learners that are not currently being met.  This panel will present the results of this survey, the background and methodology, and action steps that came about as a result.  The panel will also focus on two specific initiatives - A joint effort with Schreyer Honors College to produce a faculty workshop that will inform and prepare faculty to better understand and work with adult learners and the Prior Learning Assessment Initiative. (see http://www.psu.edu/president/pia/advocates/2012/10/index.html)

To register for this free event call the Faculty Center at 717-948-4309 or email Betsy at rap21@psu.edu.

An Introduction to Effective Survey Questionnaire Design and Administration
Presented by Kurt Johnson, Director, Survey Research Center
Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 1:00-2:00pm (Registration link)
Adobe Connect

Join Kurt Johnson as he discusses the major issues regarding questionnaire design, including issues related to wording as well as best practices for administration of surveys across various survey design modes. This session is offered virtually via Adobe Connect at https://meeting.psu.edu/questionnairedesign/.

Dr. Johnson is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Survey Research Center (SRC) at Penn State University and meeting with clients to provide expert advice and technical assistance in all aspects of the survey research process. He has over 20 years of experience with all aspects of data management and collection. After receiving a PhD in Sociology at the University of Nebraska, Dr. Johnson served as Project Manager, Research Director, and Assistant Research Director in survey units at Iowa State University and the University of Nebraska before becoming the Director of the SRC at Penn State in 2007. His research interests include research with hard to reach populations, mental health, and survey methodology.

Please register at the Schreyer Institute website and choose the Adobe Connect location.

Engaging Students in STEM Courses: A Presentation by Douglas Duncan, University of Colorado
Thursday, 12/06/12, 11:00am-12:00pm
Paterno Library's Foster Auditorium, University Park, and Streamed Through MediaSite Live at http://live.libraries.psu.edu/Mediasite/Play/7e060a62062d41a3b308cacd80b35ddf1d

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a free presentation entitled "Engaging Students in STEM Courses: A Presentation by Douglas Duncan, University of Colorado." STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Douglas Duncan, director of the Fiske Planetarium and faculty member in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado, will describe his department's strategies and initiatives in teaching STEM curriculum to undergraduates.

Over the past decade, the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences has had remarkable success in increasing student comprehension and retention in the STEM disciplines. Duncan's current research is in the area of teaching physics and astronomy, especially to non-science majors. He often works with the University of Colorado Physics Education Research Group, one of the most successful research programs in the nation studying university-level science teaching.

To register to attend in person at University Park, visit: https://register4its.psu.edu/Public/ShowDetail.asp?scheduleid=110668

To attend virtually by watching the presentation streamed live by MediaSite Live, on the day/time of the event, visit: http://live.libraries.psu.edu/Mediasite/Play/7e060a62062d41a3b308cacd80b35ddf1d

The session is sponsored by the University Libraries, the STEM Teaching Group, and Information Technology Services.

Teaching with Clickers: A Workshop with Douglas Duncan, University of Colorado
Thursday, 12/06/12, 1:00-2:30pm
Paterno Library's Foster Auditorium, University Park, and Streamed Live through MediaSite Live at http://live.libraries.psu.edu/Mediasite/Play/63ec491a3c3d4d4685023f566f49ef911d

Faculty and staff interested in getting the most out of in-class use of student response systems (clickers) are invited to attend this free workshop. The speaker will be Douglas Duncan, director of the Fiske Planetarium and faculty member in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado.

Duncan's current research is in the area of teaching physics and astronomy, especially to non-science majors. He often works with the University of Colorado Physics Education Research Group, a program that includes Nobel laureate Carl Wieman and is one of the most successful research programs in the nation studying university-level science teaching.

Topics will include:
  • Why the success of clicker use varies so much from class to class
  • Dos and don'ts when implementing clickers
  • Writing good clicker questions
  • Using "peer instruction" and other types of questions
  • Giving points for answering questions


To register to attend in person at University Park, visit: https://register4its.psu.edu/Public/ShowDetail.asp?scheduleid=110669

To attend virtually via MediaSite Live, on the day/time of the event, visit: http://live.libraries.psu.edu/Mediasite/Play/63ec491a3c3d4d4685023f566f49ef911d

The session is sponsored by the University Libraries and Information Technology Services.

Completed Workshops 2011-2012


  • Talking About Teaching, Friday, January 13th, February 10th, March 16th, & April 13th, 3:00-4:00pm, W205 Olmsted
  • Teaching Millennials: Engaging our Students with Instructional Strategies, Thursday, January 19th, 12:00-1:30pm, E308 Olmsted
  • Best Practices for PowerPoint: Tips for Teachers, Tuesday, January 24th, 12:00-1:00pm, and repeated Wednesday, February 8th, 12:15-1:15pm, via Adobe Connect
  • Penn State Course in College Teaching, 8-week course beginning January 26th, W209 Olmsted
  • Assessing Student Learning at the Program Level: Three Faculty Members Share Their Plans, Monday, January 30th, 12:00-1:00pm, E308 Olmsted
  • Technology and Pedagogy, Tuesday, March 27th, 12:00-1:30pm, via Adobe Connect
  • Copyright and the New Media: What's New? Wednesday, March 28th, 12:00-1:30pm, via Adobe Connect
  • Memorization or Understanding: Are We Teaching the Right Thing? Thursday, April 12th, 12:00-1:30pm, E308 Olmsted
  • Tools and Resources for Making Courses More Accessible for Students with Disabilities, Tuesday, April 17th, 12:00-1:30pm, E308 Olmsted, or via Adobe Connect
  • Summarizing, Understanding, and Using Assessment Results Colloquy, all day Thursday, May 10th, Student Center, CUB, Linda Suskie will be the guest speaker

Talking about Teaching Discussion

Fridays, January 13th, February 10th, March 16th, April 13th, 3:00-4:00pm, W205 Olmsted

This opportunity is an open, regularly scheduled discussion of teaching based on topics chosen by the discussion group's participants. The group might choose to discuss challenges they have faced in the classroom or might want to learn more about a teaching strategy they heard someone is using. The topics will come from the participants' interests in teaching. Please consider joining in! No RSVP is required.

Teaching Millennials: Engaging our Students with Instructional Strategies

Presented by Kathy Jackson, Senior Research Associate, and Crystal Ramsay, Instructional Consultant, with the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Effectiveness

Date/Time: Thursday, January 19, 2012, 12:00-1:30pm

Location: Polycom location E308 Olmsted

Registration required at the Schreyer Institute's Workshop Site - be sure to choose the Harrisburg location to attend in E308 Olmsted.

Description: Our new generation of students, the Millennials, appear to be presenting educators with a different set of challenges. This session will begin with a quick overview of these students' characteristics, but will then get down to the business of teaching. What can you do to provide educational experiences that build upon the distinctiveness of Millennial students and take into account current research on learning? We'll share some suggested research-based strategies and you'll get an opportunity to question, if and how, these strategies will work in your classrooms.

Best Practices for PowerPoint: Tips for Teachers

Presented by Chas Brua, Research Associate & Instructional Consultant for the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Effectiveness

Date/Time: Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 12:00-1:00pm; repeated Wednesday, February 8th, 12:15-1:15pm

Location: 315 Rider, University Park, or via Adobe Connect at https://meeting.psu.edu/powerpoint/

Registration required from the Schreyer Institute's Workshop site  - choose to attend in person at 315 Rider at University Park, or the Adobe Connect session to attend virtually from your office or personal computer.

Description: 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, Dr. Brua 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, he will present and demonstrate simple but solid guidelines for effective slideshow design.

The Penn State Course in College Teaching

Facilitated by Carol McQuiggan, Senior Instructional Designer in the Faculty Center for Teaching & Instructional Technology

Date/Time: Face-to-face sessions are 1/26, 2/9, 3/1, and 3/29

Location: W209 OImsted

Registration required by Friday, January 20th, by emailing Carol at cam240@psu.edu

Description: Closely based on the Schreyer Institute's highly successful course, this offering of the Penn State Course in College Teaching by the Faculty Center for Teaching & Instructional Technology combines the best elements of a collaborative learning environment with those of a seminar on pedagogy. Readings from the current literature on teaching and learning prepare participants to design and implement both practical and reflective instructional activities in the form of four "Certificate Assignments." Group discussion and peer review serve to assess effective aspects of assignments and identify areas in need of redesign.

There are eight sessions scheduled, with a number of sessions held online rather than face-to-face. All face-to-face sessions will be held on the Penn State Harrisburg campus.

Schedule:
  1. Goals & Objectives, Face-to-face, Thursday, 1/26/12, 12:30-2:30, W209 Olmsted
  2. Creating a Student-Centered Syllabus, Online, Week of 1/30/12
  3. Activities to Promote Student Learning, Face-to-face, Thursday, 2/9/12, 12:30-2:30, W209 Olmsted
  4. Evaluating & Measuring Student Learning, Online, Week of 2/13/12
  5. Collecting Feedback to Improve Teaching & Learning, Online, Week of 2/20/12
  6. Classroom Management, Face-to-face, Thursday, 3/1/12, 12:30-2:30, W209 Olmsted
    Spring Break - no class - Week of 3/5/12
    Facilitator unavailable - no class - Week of 3/12/12
  7. Analyzing & Interpreting Feedback, Online, Week of 3/19/12
  8. Drafting a Teaching Philosophy & Creating a Teaching Portfolio, Face-to-face, Thursday, 3/29/12, 12:30-2:30, W209 Olmsted

The Course in College Teaching is free and open to anyone who teaches at Penn State, from TAs to senior faculty.

Completion of the Course in College Teaching satisfies a requirement of the Graduate School Teaching Certificate http://www.gradsch.psu.edu/current/tacert.html.

Please reply to Carol McQuiggan by Friday, January 20th, at cam240@psu.edu with your interest in participating in this course.

Assessing Student Learning at the Program Level: Three Faculty Members Share Their Plans

Featuring Richard Carlson, professor of psychology, Carrie Jackson, associate professor of German and linguistics, and Carla Hess, instructional associate professor of biology

Date/Time: Monday, January 30, 2012, 12:00-1:00pm

Location: Polycom in E308 Olmsted, or via Adobe Connect at https://meeting.psu.edu/assessmentpanel/

Registration required at the Schreyer Institute's Workshop site - choose to attend in person at E308 Olmsted, or the Adobe Connect session to attend virtually from your office or personal computer.

Description: Please join us for a panel discussion, facilitated by Suzanne Weinstein, Director of Instructional Consulting, Assessment, and Research, and featuring three faculty members from programs that submitted exceptionally well-designed assessment plans to Undergraduate Education in May of 2011. The panel members will describe the plans they recently submitted and the process involved in developing the plans.

Technology and Pedagogy

Presented by Bart Pursel, Research Associate/Undergraduate Education and Instructional Researcher at the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 12:00-1:30pm

Location: Online via Adobe Connect at https://meeting.psu.edu/technologyandpedagogy/

Registration required at the Schreyer Institute's Workshop site - choose the Adobe Connect session to attend virtually from your office or personal computer.

Description: Curious as to what your Penn State colleagues are doing with technology in the classroom? This session explores several University-supported technologies, including blogs, wikis, lecture capture and VoiceThread, focusing on specific pedagogies employed with these various technology tools. Attendees will come away with an understanding of how these technologies can be applied to teaching and learning and where to go to get started with these technologies.

Copyright and the New Media: What's New?

Presented by Becky Albitz, Electronic Resources Librarian

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 12:00-1:30pm

Location: Online via Adobe Connect at https://meeting.psu.edu/copyrightandnewmedia/

Registration required at the Schreyer Institute's Workshop site - choose the Adobe Connect session to attend virtually from your office or personal computer.

Description: Confused about copyright? When can you show a movie in class; on a website; in a CMS? How much of a song is "legal" to use? What exactly does Fair Use cover? When do you need to get permission to use copyright material in your class - and how do you go about it? Bring your real-world questions to this discussion about the latest laws and guidelines governing the use of copyrighted material.

Memorization or Understanding: Are We Teaching the Right Thing?

Eric Mazur, Ph.D., Harvard University
Sponsored by the Woodward Endowment for Medical Science Education
Broadcast from Penn State Hershey

Date/Time: Thursday, April 12, 2012, 12:00-1:30pm

Location: Polycom location E308 Olmsted

Registration required at Schreyer http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/register/Multi-Item-Registration.aspx?ID=10491 - be sure to choose the Harrisburg location to attend in E308 Olmsted.

Description: Dr. Mazur is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University and Area Dean of Applied Physics. An internationally recognized scientist and researcher, he leads a vigorous research program in optical physics and supervises one of the largest research groups in the Physics Department at Harvard University.

In addition to his work in optical physics, Dr. Mazur is interested in education, science policy, outreach, and the public perception of science. He believes that better science education for all -- not just science majors -- is vital for continued scientific progress. To this end, Dr. Mazur devotes part of his research group's effort to education research and finding verifiable ways to improve science education. In 1990 he began developing "Peer Instruction," a method for teaching large lecture classes interactively. Dr. Mazur's teaching method has developed a large following, both nationally and internationally, and been adopted across many science disciplines.

For a video of Dr. Mazur, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwslBPj8GgI

This program is being broadcast via polycom from the Hershey Medical Center.


Tools and Resources for Making Courses More Accessible for Students with Disabilities

Presented by Anita Colyer Graham, World Campus Manager of Access; Bill Welsh, Director of the Office for Disability Services; and Keith Bailey, Assistant Dean of the E-Learning Institute in the College of Arts and Architecture

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 12:00-1:30pm

Location: Polycom location E308 Olmsted

Registration required at the http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/register/Multi-Item-Registration.aspx?ID=10494 - be sure to choose the Harrisburg location to attend in E308 Olmsted.

Description: Everyone uses various technologies to access information every day. In higher education, technology is used daily by students and faculty in the classroom. However, individuals with disabilities who use assistive or adaptive technology face barriers each and every day in accessing information and technology within their courses. The panelists will explore some of the issues with accessibility and technology in the classroom and provide faculty with tools and resources for addressing these issues for resident instruction and on-line courses.


Regional Colloquy on Program Assessment
Summarizing, Understanding and Using Assessment Results: A Colloquy to Address University-Wide Efforts at Assessing Student Learning at the Program Level
Featuring Linda Suskie as our guest speaker

Date/Time: Thursday, May 10, 2012, 8:30am-3:30pm

Location: Student Center, CUB, Penn State Harrisburg

Registration required at the Schreyer Institute's Workshop site

Description: Join with colleagues across campuses to work directly with a nationally recognized expert in higher education assessment. Linda Suskie brings over 35 years of experience in university administration including work in assessment, institutional research, strategic planning, and quality management. She served as a vice president at the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and as director of the American Association for Higher Education's Assessment Forum.

Program
8:30-9:00am: Registration & Continental Breakfast


9:00am-12:00pm: Morning session
Attendees will use case studies to discuss and interpret actual program assessment results. Session to be debriefed by Linda Suskie.

12:00-1:00pm: Lunch

1:00-3:00pm: Afternoon session
Attendees will 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. This session will provide opportunities for shared programs to receive guidance on assessment procedures.

3:00-3:30pm: Summary & Planning
Linda will provide a summary of the work addressed during the consultations. The day will end with each round table setting goals and identifying needed resources to continue their assessment work. A template will be provided. This exit plan will be used to provide faculty participants with follow-up and continued support.

Fall Semester Workshop List

Full Details are provided below the list. Registration is required for all.

  • Adjunct Faculty Workshop, Saturday, August 20th, 8:30am-12:10pm, C15 Olmsted
  • Improving Undergraduate Students' Reading Compliance, Wednesday, September 14th, 12:00-1:30pm, E308 Olmsted or Adobe Connect
  • SRTE Question and Answer Session, Thursday, September 15th, 12:00-2:30pm, E306 Olmsted or Adobe Connect
  • High Tech/High Touch: Interactive Pens, Friday, September 16th, 12:00-1:30pm, E306 Olmsted or Adobe Connect
  • Best Practices in Diversity Strategic Planning Workshop, Wednesday, October 5th, 10:00-11:30am, and 1:15-2:45 pm, E308 Olmsted
  • Talking about Teaching, Friday, October 14th, 3:00-4:00pm, E202 Olmsted
  • Talking about Teaching, Friday, November 11th, 3:00-4:00pm, E202 Olmsted
  • Infusing Global Topics into the Classroom, November 15th, 2:00-4:00pm, E308 Olmsted
  • Reading Assignments: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, Wednesday, November 30th, 12:00-1:30pm, E308 Olmsted
  • Talking about Teaching, Friday, December 9th, 3:00-4:00pm, E202 Olmsted


Talking about Teaching Discussion

Fridays, October 14th, November 11th, December 9th, 3:00-4:00pm, E202 Olmsted

This opportunity is an open, regularly scheduled discussion of teaching based on topics chosen by the discussion group's participants. The group might choose to discuss challenges they have faced in the classroom or might want to learn more about a teaching strategy they heard someone is using. The topics will come from the participants' interests in teaching. Please consider joining in! No RSVP is required.


Improving Undergraduate Students' Reading Compliance Through Behavioral Change

Presented by Amit Sharma, Associate Professor, School of Hospitality Management

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 14, 2011, 12:00-1:30pm

Location: E308 Olmsted or via Adobe Connect at https://meeting.psu.edu/reading/

Registration required at http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/Events_Topic/#How%20Students%20Learn%20-%20Reading - be sure to choose either the Harrisburg location to attend in E308 Olmsted, or the Adobe Connect session to attend virtually from your office or personal computer.

Description: Do you ever wonder how prepared students are for college level reading? There is evidence that low incidence of reading compliance could impact students' scholarly performance (Hobson, 2004; NSSE, 2001). In this seminar, Amit Sharma will present preliminary results of a research project, funded through the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence's Teaching Support Grants, that addresses low incidence of reading compliance. They will identify key concepts essential to incorporate when designing interventions to help improve students' reading compliance. Their preliminary results suggest that students face challenges at multiple levels that may prevent them from complying with their reading assignments. Some of these challenges may be in the control of faculty and university administration. Others obviously require effort from students; however, proactive guidance can provide the stimulus needed for them to overcome these challenges. During this seminar, each of these concepts will be discussed, and you will be invited to join them for an open discussion on these issues. 

Amit Sharma is an Associate Professor in the School of Hospitality Management at the College of Health and Human Development. Before joining Penn State in August 2006, he was an Assistant Professor at Iowa State University (2002-2006). Dr. Sharma teaches Financial Management, and his research focuses on decision-making.


SRTE Question and Answer Session

Brown Bag Luncheon facilitated by Angela Linse, Executive Director and Associate Dean of the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Effectiveness

Date/Time: Thursday, September 15, 2011, 12:00-2:30pm

Location: E306 Olmsted or via Adobe Connect at https://meeting.psu.edu/srteqa/

Registration required at http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/Events_Topic/#SRTEs - be sure to choose either the Harrisburg location to attend in E306 Olmsted, or the Adobe Connect session to attend virtually from your office or personal computer.

Description: How can SRTEs (Student Ratings of Teaching Effectiveness) be used to improve teaching and learning. Faculty, administrators, and staff are invited to bring these and other questions to this informal Q & A session facilitated by Angela Linse.


High Tech/High Touch: Interactive Pens Integrate Traditional Skills and Digital Media in a Classroom

Presented by Tim Johnson, Associate Professor Landscape Architecture, with Kathy Jackson

Date/Time: Friday, September 16, 2011, 12:00-1:30pm

Location: E306 Olmsted or via Adobe Connect at https://meeting.psu.edu/Interactive pens/

Registration required at http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/register/Multi-Item-Registration.aspx?ID=10412 - be sure to choose either the Harrisburg location to attend in E306 Olmsted, or the Adobe Connect session to attend virtually from your office or personal computer.

Description: You have probably heard about the use of high-tech interactive pen displays that allow you to write or draw directly on a monitor. There are numerous advantages to these tools including the ability to go beyond traditional techniques and an all-digital workflow. Yet, there are many questions to be answered. Will these pens make much difference in our classrooms? How does their use influence design behavior and visual thinking?

Tim Johnson, Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture, and Kathy Jackson, Senior Research Associate and Instructional Consultant, will share how they integrated these devices across their curriculum and discuss preliminary findings from surveys on students' perceptions and insights of these tools.

There will be a live demonstration at the end of the presentation.


Best Practices in Diversity Strategic Planning Workshop: Improving Courses and Curricula by Including Diversity

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 10:00-11:30am and 1:15-2:45pm

Location: E308 Olmsted

Registration required for each session, morning and/or afternoon, to Carol at cam240@psu.edu

Description: The Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity, the University Faculty Senate Committee on Educational Equity and Campus Environment, and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs are sponsors of this workshop featuring Dr. Thomas F. Nelson Laird, associate professor in the Department of Education Leadership and Policy Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Dr. Nelson Laird received a B.A. in mathematics from Gustavus Adlophus College (1995), an M.S. in mathematics from Michigan State University (1997), and a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Michigan (2003). He focuses on improving teaching and learning at colleges and universities, particularly the design, delivery, and effects of student experiences with diversity. He directs the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement, a companion project to the National Survey of Student Engagement run through the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research. Author of dozens of articles and reports, Dr. Nelson Laird's work has appeared in scholarly and practitioner publications, including the Journal of College Student Development, the Journal of General Education, the Journal of Higher Education, Liberal Education, Research in Higher Education, an the Review of Higher Education.

This workshop will draw on results from the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement. Dr. Nelson Laird's presentation will explore inclusion of diversity into the curriculum as well as effective teaching practices more generally, and faculty encouragement of multiple forms of student engagement.
  • Morning session (10:00-11:30am, E308 Olmsted) - a broad-based outline of diversity and curriculum integration, which should be relevant to all interested in diversity and the curriculum.
  • Afternoon session (1;15-2:45pm, E308 Olmsted) - a more specific focus on the nuts and bolts of pedagogy and curriculum development and particularly useful for deans, chancellors, academic administrators, and faculty.

Registration required for each session, morning and/or afternoon, to Carol at cam240@psu.edu

Complete information about this continuing workshop series is available from this website: http://www.equity.psu.edu/workshop/fa11/index.html


Infusing Global Topics into the Classroom

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 15th, 2:00-4:00pm

Location: E308 Olmsted

Online Registration required at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZWJTXDG

Hosted by: University Office of Global Programs

Description: Today's employers seek savvy, internationally competent graduates who are well-prepared for the 21st century's global playing field. This program explores options for infusing global topics into the curricula. Presented by Dr. Sylvester Osagie, faculty engagement coordinator, this program will help participants:
  • Understand the current state of the global playing field
  • Understand the global competency skills employers seek from recent graduates
  • Explore methods of incorporating global topics into the curricula in order to better prepare our students for today's increasingly globalized world

Reading Assignments: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Presented by Cindy Decker Raynak and Crystal Ramsay

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 30th, 12:00-1:30pm

Location: E308 Olmsted or via Adobe Connect at https://meeting.psu.edu/readingassignments/

Registration required at http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/Events_Date#November - Select the Register link and then be sure to choose either the Harrisburg location to attend in E308 Olmsted, or the Adobe Connect session to attend virtually from your office or virtual computer.

Description: The end of a typical class may include the following instruction: "Read chapter five for our next meeting." But, by all accounts, students do not read these assignments, and faculty, based on their own reports, do not have a satisfactory solution to encourage this reading. Cindy Decker Raynak, Senior Instructional Designer, and Crystal Ramsay, Instructional Consultant, in the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence will be discussing this issue. They will also make some concrete suggestions for how to actually encourage more student engagement with the material.

ANGEL

One-on-one appointments continue to be the most effective, efficient, and popular format for faculty to gain competency in integrating ANGEL, Penn State's course management system, into their instruction.

Please contact Carol McQuiggan, Shivaani Selvaraj,  or Kristin Bittner to make an appointment. Campus office hours are typically 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. However, alternate arrangements can be made to fit any faculty member's schedule.


Technology Workshops

A valuable resource is ITS Training Services. Check their site periodically for updated training opportunities. A number of workshops are offered via Adobe Connect Pro - attend right from your office computer. In addition, video tutorials are available through lynda.com (see below).

lynda.com
The newest technology training opportunity available to all faculty, staff, and students at Penn State is lynda.com. Here you will find thousands of high-quality video tutorials on hundreds of IT topics. Topics include Microsoft Office applications, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, SQL, Drupal, audio and video editing applications, ColdFusion, operating systems, and hundreds more. These tutorials are taught by industry experts and available 24/7 for convenient, self-paced learning. In order to access the tutorials at no cost, go to http://its.psu.edu/training/lynda/, where other service requirements, as well as the dedicated link for the Penn State community, are posted.


Completed 2010-2011 Workshops

6th Annual Adjunct Faculty Workshop
Saturday, August 20th, 8:30am-12:10pm in C15 Olmsted

Agenda

  8:30-8:45           Registration & Continental Breakfast

  8:45-9:00           Welcome and Introductions from the Faculty Center staff
      Carol McQuiggan, Senior Instructional Designer
      Kristin Bittner, Instructional Designer
      Shivaani Selvaraj, Instructional Designer

  9:00-9:15         Introduction to available Campus and University resources and services
Important course information (Syllabus requirements, Inclement Weather     Policy, online SRTEs)

  9:15-10:15      Teaching the First Day

10:15-10:30       Break

10:30-11:15       Hands-on ANGEL sessions - Using Penn State's course management system

11:15-12:00       Managing Difficult Situations in the Classroom

12:00-12:10       Evaluation and Closing


Adjunct Faculty Workshop
Sail into Fall with the Faculty Center's 5th Annual Adjunct Faculty Workshop!
Saturday, August 21st, 8:30am-12:00pm in C15 Olmsted

Agenda

8:30-8:45           Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:45-9:00           Welcome and Introductions from the Faculty Center staff
      Carol McQuiggan, Senior Instructional Designer
      Kristin Bittner, Instructional Designer
      Shivaani Selvaraj, Instructional Designer

9:00-10:15         Introduction to available Campus and University resources and services
Important course information (Syllabus requirements, Inclement Weather Policy, online SRTEs)
Strategies for moving away from lecture toward active learning

10:15-10:30       Break

10:30-11:15       Hands-on ANGEL sessions - Using Penn State's course management system

11:15-11:45       Classroom assessment techniques

11:45-12:00       Evaluation and Closing

ELI Online Fall Focus Session on Blended Learning: The 21st-Century Learning Environment
Wednesday, September 15th, 12:00-5:30pm, and
Thursday, September 16th, 12:00-5:00pm
E306 Olmsted, presented online through Adobe Connect
RSVP to Pam Crist, pak8@psu.edu


Join us during the afternoons of September 15th and 16th for "Blended Learning: The 21st-Century Learning Environment," the 2010 Educause Learning Initiative (ELI) Online Fall Focus Session. Hosted inside an Adobe Connect learning environment in Room E306 Olmsted, this virtual event will be much more than your typical online seminar. You'll exchange ideas and collaborate interactively with the ELI community--all without leaving your campus.


During this two-day online event we will:

  • Revisit the status of blended learning today--what we've learned and how this instructional approach continues to evolve to support learning across many disciplines
  • Create a framework for the successful design and deployment of faculty development for blended learning
  • Explore successful implementations of blended learning across different types of institutions
  • Reflect on the potential for blended learning to promote critical thinking, student engagement, and success
  • Consider assessment strategies for blended learning, both at the course and program levels
  • Identify the role learning technologies--synchronous and asynchronous--can play in blended learning
  • Engage in dialogue with a community of professionals focused on how to design and deploy blended learning across the curriculum


Why you should participate:

This online event will bring together a variety of professionals to examine how today's model of blended learning can help institutions design and deploy successful blended learning offerings at many levels. This session will be valuable to numerous groups:

  • Information technology professionals
  • Learning technologists
  • Faculty members
  • Administrators
  • Librarians
  • Others functioning in related roles

Those who attend will be considered part of a campus team investigating the potential of blended learning for our college. We hope to have many departments and disciplines represented in order to build rapport, solidify plans, and enrich our group effort. By sharing a common focus session experience, participants can reflect on the implications for our campus.


Hosted by the Faculty Center, at the conclusion of this focus session, their instructional designers will be available to work with departments and/or individual faculty members to redesign courses for a hybrid/blended delivery. You can view the full program details here: http://hbg.psu.edu/facultycenter/FallFocusSessionProgram82310.pdf.


Please RSVP to Pam Crist, pak8@psu.edu


Perceived Difficulty Assessment Questionnaire (PDAQ): What's it all about?

Thursday, September 30th, 12:00-1:30pm, E308 Olmsted

Registration is available at http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/Register

The Perceived Difficulty Assessment Questionnaire (PDAQ) is a student self-assessment tool created by Nuno Ribeiro (Ribeiro & Yarnal, 2010) and developed by an interdisciplinary team in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management through a Schreyer Institute Teaching Support Grant (Careen Yarnal, PI; Nuno Ribeiro, co-PI; Lisa Qian, RA).

The PDAQ is a simple self-measure of difficulty that can be included in every assignment completed by a student (e.g., exams, quizzes, homework assignments, fieldtrip report, etc.). The PDAQ uses Likert-type scales to assess, for example, perceived difficulty and perceived length on any assignment, and also incorporates short open-ended questions that request the student's opinions and/or comments on the assignment. The results are then compiled and provided confidentially to each student and contrasted with actual student performance. This information provides students and instructors with real time information on how their efforts translate into more effective and efficient learning.

Join Nuno, Lisa, Careen and their team to hear their amazing results and to see if the PDAQ might be right for your course. This presentation is scheduled for 12:00-1:30pm on Thursday, September 30th, in E308 Olmsted via Polycom from University Park
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Plagiarism Prevention and Turnitin
Tuesday, October 5th, 12:30-1:50pm, C15 Olmsted

After discussing plagiarism temptations and why students cheat, we'll review our academic integrity policy and share plagiarism prevention strategies used by faculty here at our college. Then we'll spend some hands-on time with Turnitin, including creating an assignment.
Please RSVP to Pam at pak8@psu.edu.

Midsemester Course Evaluations
Thursday, October 14th, 12:30-1:30pm, W207 Olmsted


Carol McQuiggan will provide an overview of midsemester course evaluations and share various examples of questionnaires. Two faculty, Marie Blouin and Jennifer Sumner, will share their experiences with midsemester evaluations in their own courses, including their surveys and the resulting changes in their classes. Faculty participants will have an opportunity to share their own experiences, ask questions, and consider implementing a midsemester evaluation in their own course.
Please RSVP to Pam at pak8@psu.edu.

Copyright and the New Media: What's New?
Tuesday, October 26th, 12:00-1:30pm, E308 Olmsted

Registration is available at http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/Register

Confused about copyright? When can you show a movie in class; on a website; in ANGEL? How much of a song is "legal" to use? What exactly does Fair Use cover? When do you need to get permission to use copyrighted material in your class - and how do you go about it? Learn what the latest laws and guidelines are for using published material, digital media, and what the penalties and consequences are for breaking the rules governing unlawful use of copyrighted material.

Join Becky Albitz, Electronic Resource and Copyright Librarian, will present this session on Tuesday, October 26, 2010, from 12:00-1:30pm in E308 Olmsted via Polycom from University Park.
Registration is available at http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/Register/

Universal Design & Online Education: Ensuring Access & Engagement for all Students
Academic Impressions Webinar
Friday, January 28, 2011, 1:00-2:30, E258 Olmsted
OVERVIEW
Course management systems can provide the opportunity for students with physical and sensory disabilities to enroll and excel in online programs. However, if the technology and course management systems do not meet accessibility guidelines, institutions are potentially preventing one in five prospective and current students from being able to succeed in courses and programs.

Join us as we discuss steps for enhancing the education of every student by increasing online course and program accessibility. This session highlights proactive strategies for using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to address and overcome barriers to learning. Our instructors will also share current and emerging practices being used within Drexel University and other institutions.

LEARNING OBJECTIVE
As a result of this webcast, you will be able to identify and address the online learning needs of disabled students more effectively and to increase accessibility and engagement in and outside of the online classroom.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
This webcast is most appropriate for instructional designers and academic leaders who are interested in increasing accessibility and support for students with disabilities.

AGENDA
  • Defining "disability" from medical and sociopolitical model perspectives
  • Why the accommodations process does not sufficiently address all accessibility issues
  • Using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for accessibility at Drexel and other institutions
  • Ensuring online access and engagement of students with sensory (i.e. blindness or deafness) and physical disabilities
  • Personalizing the online experience
    • Instruction from matriculation
    • Student orientation
    • Online first-year student experience
  • Resources
    • Checklist of student access and engagement in courses, assignments, and online events
    • Faculty strategies for developing courses and programs that integrate UDL principles

Please RSVP to Pam Crist pak8@psu.edu

Managing Difficult Students
Tuesday, February 1st, 12:00-1:30pm
E306 Olmsted (polycom)
A Schreyer Institute Noontime Roundtable Discussion

We all know who "they" are: "they" are staring at their cell phones and busily texting; "they" are using their laptops to check airline fares; "they" are chatting with their friends to the exclusion of everything else; "they" are always asking if there are going to be extra credit assignments.

This session, moderated by Cindy Decker Raynak, senior instructional designer with the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, is not about "what they do," but what you can do to manage disruptive behaviors in a productive way. What are appropriate proactive course policies and how does on present and reasonably enforce these policies? Let's talk about it.

A suggested pre-reading is available.

Please register at the Schreyer Institute website - be sure to choose Harrisburg as your location.

NBC Learn Workshops
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 OR Thursday, February 24, 2011
12:30-1:30pm, C15 Olmsted
RSVP to Pam Crist at pak8@psu.edu

One hour to learn how to use the new NBC Learn video archive and locate new resources for your students

Educational Technology Services has announced their opening of a pilot for NBC Learn, which is a video archive containing thousands of videos from all of the decades of NBC broadcasts from the late 1930s through today. It contains archival news footage from newsreels, NBC News, the Today show, NBC Sports, as well as collections of original educational shorts in topics such as the science of football and early colonial history.

To help you get started, you may attend one of the two workshops the Faculty Center has scheduled so you can join the pilot, search for videos, use the videos and their cue cards, create playlists, and share video links/playlists with your students. Time will be provided to search the archive and answer questions.

Although these workshops are targeted to faculty, staff who work with students in an instructional role might also be interested in attending.


Forum on Media + Gaming

Friday, February 25, 2011
9:00am - 12:30pm
Morrison Gallery

Registration is now open

This half-day event focuses on exploring the possibilities for digital media in teaching and learning. The event will be an opportunity for faculty, instructional designers, educational technologists, library staff, and others from the south-central Pennsylvania region to discover new media technologies and discuss their potential with colleagues and the Commons' staff.

The day will include:
  • Overview of the Media Commons
  • Faculty Panel - Join us for a conversation about the video, blogging, and gaming projects these educators have pioneered in their classrooms:
    • Sherry Robinson - Associate Professor of Economics, Penn State Hazleton
    • Dixie Winters - Senior Instructor of Education, Penn State York
    • Peter Linehan - Associate Professor of Forestry, Penn State Mont Alto
  • Introduction to the Educational Gaming Commons
  • Hands On with New Technologies
  • Complimentary Lunch and chances to chat with colleagues from other campuses!

This event is free. Register now: http://tailgate.tlt.psu.edu/forum-registration.html


Managing Difficult Students
Tuesday, February 1st, 12:00-1:30pm
Repeated Wednesday, March 16th, 12:00-1:30pm
E308 Olmsted (polycom)
A Schreyer Institute Noontime Roundtable Discussion

We all know who "they" are: "they" are staring at their cell phones and busily texting; "they" are using their laptops to check airline fares; "they" are chatting with their friends to the exclusion of everything else; "they" are always asking if there are going to be extra credit assignments.

This session, moderated by Cindy Decker Raynak, senior instructional designer with the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, is not about "what they do," but what you can do to manage disruptive behaviors in a productive way. What are appropriate proactive course policies and how does on present and reasonably enforce these policies? Let's talk about it.

A suggested pre-reading is available.

Please register at the Schreyer Institute website - be sure to choose Harrisburg as your location.

Best Practices for Designing Effective Multiple Choice Tests
Thursday, March 17th, 9:30-11:00am
E308 Olmsted (polycom)


Join Schreyer Institute instructional consultant, Crystal 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. We'll also discuss 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," but attendance at both is not required. Faculty and graduate instructors interested in multiple choice test development are welcome to attend.

Please register at the Schreyer Institute website - be sure to choose Harrisburg as your location.

Item Analysis: Improving Multiple Choice Tests
Thursday, March 24th, 9:30-11:00am
E308 Olmsted (polycom)
 

Have you ever given a multiple choice exam, received a report from the scanning service and wondered what all the numbers meant? Let us help to demystify the Item Analysis provided the in the report. In this interactive workshop, presented by Crystal Ramsay , SITE Instructional Consultant, we'll help course instructors better understand how both students and test items performed. Strategies will be provided for improving the multiple choice items that did not 'perform' as well as anticipated. 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.

Please register at the Schreyer Institute website - be sure to choose Harrisburg as your location.

Academically Adrift: Findings & Lessons for Improvement
Thursday, March 24th
1:00-2:00pm, W205 Olmsted

RSVP to Pam Crist at pak8@psu.edu

The featured presenters, Richard Arum, Ph.D. and Josipa Roksa, Ph.D., are the authors of a provocative new book, Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, that makes the case that a significant proportion of today's students demonstrate no significant improvement in a range of skills including critical thinking, complex reasoning, and writing. Why? Because not much is being asked of them.

According to the book, based on a study of 2,300 undergraduates at a range of four-year institutions, large numbers of college students report that: they spend a very limited amount of time studying; they enroll in courses that do not require either substantial reading or writing assignments; they rarely, if ever, interact with their professors outside of college classrooms. Meanwhile, faculty and administrators, working to meet multiple and, at times, competing demands, rarely focus on improving instruction and demonstrating gains in student learning.

While the book set off a firestorm of debate, it also ignited what many feel is the most important conversation that should be occurring on every college.

During the seminar, the authors will share key findings of the study and make recommendations for improving undergraduate learning on college campuses of all types. The seminar will also feature an extending Q&A session so attendees can ask questions of the presenters and weigh in on this important topic.


Rigor in the Classroom
Wednesday, March 30th, 12:00-1:30pm
E306 Olmsted (polycom)
A Schreyer Institute Noontime Roundtable Discussion


How does a faculty member maintain classroom "rigor" particularly if students are "underprepared?" What can you do to help motivated students do their best possible work? Participants will discuss strategies and suggestions.

Please register at the Schreyer Institute website - be sure to choose Harrisburg as your location.

Talking about Teaching Discussions
W207 Olmsted
Friday, January 21st, 2:00-3:00pm
Friday, February 18th, 2:00-3:00pm
Friday, March 18th, 2:00-3:00pm
Friday, April 15th, 2:00-3:00pm

This opportunity is an open, regularly scheduled discussion of teaching based on topics chosen by the discussion group's participants. The group might choose to discuss challenges they have faced in the classroom or might want to learn more about a teaching strategy they heard someone is using. The topics will come from the participants' interests in teaching. Please consider joining in! No RSVP is required.

Perspectives on Community Engagement
Oliver LaGrone, W132 Olmsted
Monday, February 28th, 12:00-1:30pm 
Monday, March 28th, 12:00-1:30pm

Narratives, Health, & Healing: 
Advocacy, Community Outreach, and Cultural Sensitivity in Cancer Education
Monday, March 28th, 12:00-1:30pm, Oliver LaGrone, W132 Olmsted

Join us for a panel discussion addressing appropriate education, outreach strategies, and community-based research in medically underserved populations in Harrisburg and northern Appalachia.

For students, staff, and faculty interested in health advocacy and community health education.

Guest Speakers:

  • Robin Perry-Smith, MHA, Director of the Harrisburg Community Cancer Network
  • Eugene Lengerich, VMD, MS, Professor of Public Health Sciences, Department of Public Health Sciences at the Penn State College of Medicine
  • Sam Monismith, D.Ed., Professor of Health Education, School of Behavior Sciences and Education, Penn State Harrisburg

Snacks and drinks will be provided!
All faculty, students, staff, and guests are welcome!
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This new series of workshops is a joint effort between the Faculty Center, Outreach Committee of the Diversity and Equity in Education Committee, and the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. Perspectives on Community Engagement supports Penn State Harrisburg Faculty, Staff, and Students to strengthen connections between education and everyday issues in their communities. The monthly series spotlights the work of Penn State Harrisburg's community members and members of the broader Harrisburg region who make learning come alive beyond the classroom.

The Faculty Center wants to know if you have stories of your own related to bringing community engagement into the classroom. We are also available for assistance if you are interested in incorporating community engagement strategies into your teaching!
Please RSVP to Pam at pak8@psu.edu.

The Penn State Course in College Teaching
E310 Olmsted

Closely based on the Schreyer Institute's highly successful course, this offering of the Penn State Course in College Teaching by the Faculty Center for Teaching & Instructional Technology combines the best elements of a collaborative learning environment with those of a seminar on pedagogy. Readings from the current literature on teaching and learning prepare participants to design and implement both practical and reflective instructional activities in the form of four "Certificate Assignments." Group discussion and peer review serve to assess effective aspects of assignments and identify areas in need of redesign.

There are eight sessions scheduled, with a number of sessions held online rather than face-to-face. All face-to-face sessions will be held on the Penn State Harrisburg campus.

Schedule:
  1. Goals & Objectives, Face-to-face, Thursday, 1/27/11, 12:30-2:30, E310 Olmsted
  2. Creating a Student-Centered Syllabus, Online, Week of 1/31
  3. Activities to Promote Student Learning, Face-to-face, Thursday, 2/10/11, 12:30-2:30, E310 Olmsted
  4. Evaluating & Measuring Student Learning, Online, Week of 2/14/11
  5. Collecting Feedback to Improve Teaching & Learning, Online, Week of 2/21/11
  6. Classroom Management, Face-to-face, Thursday, 3/3/11, 12:30-2:30, E310 Olmsted
  7. Analyzing & Interpreting Feedback, Online, Week of 3/14/11
  8. Drafting a Teaching Philosophy & Creating a Teaching Portfolio, Face-to-face, Thursday, 3/24/11, 12:30-2:30, E310 Olmsted

The book we will be using in the course is McKeachie's Teaching Tips, 13th edition, and this will be provided free of charge for Penn State Harrisburg faculty participants.

The Course in College Teaching is free and open to anyone who teaches at Penn State, from TAs to senior faculty.

Completion of the Course in College Teaching satisfies a requirement of the Graduate School Teaching Certificate http://www.gradsch.psu.edu/current/tacert.html.

Please reply to Carol McQuiggan at cam240@psu.edu with your interest in participating in this course.


Regional Colloquy

Harnessing the Power of Hybrid and Online Teaching and Learning

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Two Locations: Penn State Harrisburg and Penn State Erie
Two Keynote Speakers: Susan Ko, co-author of Teaching Online: A Practical Guide
One Request For Proposals:
(3rd edition, Routledge), a leading book in the field of online and hybrid teaching and learning; and, Alexandra Pickett, associate director of the SUNY Learning Network and a frequent presenter at conferences on online teaching and learning http://bit.ly/fFRHvX
Proposal Deadline: March 14, 2011

General participant registration will open in March.

Invitation: Penn State Harrisburg, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, and the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence invite you to participate in a regional colloquy on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 that will focus on enhanced teaching and learning through the thoughtful use of today's technologies. Join in as a presenter or as a participant at either Penn State Harrisburg or Penn State Erie  - this is a great opportunity to see and hear what others are doing and leave with new ideas to implement for next semester.

There are a number of driving forces and demands of the 21st century that are putting pressure on institutions of higher education to make changes in their traditional ways of teaching and even changing the entire environment of higher education. Perhaps the largest driving force for change in higher education and teaching is the rapid growth of the Internet enabling distance education and changing the way we gather and share information, gain knowledge, do business, collaborate, design and deliver instruction, and also changing the speed at which we can accomplish these tasks. The availability of the Internet has spurned creative uses of new technologies, changed classrooms, and placed new and different demands on faculty. How are you embracing these changes in your web-enhanced, hybrid, or online courses?

Please consider presenting at the Colloquy by submitting a proposal in one of the following formats (complete descriptions available in the Request for Proposals at http://bit.ly/fFRHvX):

  1. Great Idea Session: Highlight an innovation in course design,
  2. Informational Session: Demonstrate how you use a particular tool or technique,
  3. Panel Discussion: Lead a topic discussion that is addressed by a panel,
  4. Interactive Workshop: Deliver a workshop that will provide a tangible "take-away"

Your proposal should be the representation of a course, project, learning module, or innovative teaching technique that you'd like to share. Consider answering the following questions: How has the learning in the class been improved? How did students respond? Based on your current results, how do you plan to revise the course? How applicable is your teaching innovation to other disciplines?

We encourage you to include sample screens, demos, and data collected from students in your presentation. Interaction with the audience is strongly recommended as part of the presentation. The proposal should be no more than 100 words for a Great Idea Session, or 300 words in length for an Informational Session, Panel Discussion, or Interactive Workshop.

Make plans to join us for this full day of sharing and networking. Please submit your proposal by March 14, 2011. All presenters will be notified of acceptance by April 11; proposal acceptance will confirm your registration to the colloquy. General participant registration will open in March.

This event is open to all, and registration will be free for Penn State faculty and staff.

The general registration fee is $90 for non-Penn Staters. External presenters will receive a discounted registration rate of $35.


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