Archive of Past Workshops

Completed Workshops Fall 2013-Spring 2014

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.
  • Talking about Teaching Story Lab: No RSVP needed: Friday, 9/20/13, 3:00-4:00pm, W205 Olmsted
  • Best Practices in lynda.com for Higher Education:  Thursday, 9/26/13, noon-1:00pm, C12 Olmsted
  • 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.
  • 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

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

  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

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.

Talking about Teaching Story Lab
Friday, 9/20/13, 3:00-4:00pm, W205 Olmsted

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
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

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. 

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.

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
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!

 

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.

 

Completed Workshops Fall 2012-Spring 2013

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
  • 7th Annual Adjunct Faculty Workshop, Saturday, 8/25/12, 8:30am-12:30pm, C12 & C13 Olmsted
  • 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
  • Best Practices for PowerPoint: Tips for Teachers, Tuesday, 9/18/12, 11:15am-12:15pm, Adobe Connect
  • Motivating Student Learning, Tuesday, 10/09/12, 11:15am-12:15pm, via polycom in E308 Olmsted
  • Faculty Roundtable: Best Practices in Yammer for Higher Education, 10/12/12, 1:00-2:00pm, via polycom in E308 Olmsted
  • Best Practices for PowerPoint: Tips for Teachers, Thursday, 10/18/12, 2:30pm-3:30pm, Adobe Connect
  • Technology and Pedagogy, Tuesday, 10/23/12, 11:15am-12:30pm, Adobe Connect
  • Here Comes Generation A: What Faculty Say About Adult Learners, Thursday, 10/25/12, 1:30-3:00pm, via polycom in E308 Olmsted
  • An Introduction to Effective Survey Questionnaire Design and Administration, Tuesday, 11/13/12, 1:00-2:00pm, Adobe Connect
  • 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
  • Best Practices for PowerPoint: Tips for Teachers, Wednesday, 2/20/13, 12:15-1:15pm, Adobe Connect

ANGEL Overview Workshopfor 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
  • Wednesday, August 8th, 9:00-10:30am, C13 Olmsted

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.

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, OR
Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 9:45-11:15am
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.

 

Best Practices for PowerPoint: Tips for Teachers

Presented by Chas Brua, Research Associate and Instructional Consultant
Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 11:15am-12:15pm, OR
Thursday, October 18, 2012, 2:30-3:30pm, OR
Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 12:15-1:15pm
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/.

 

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

 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!

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.

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

Technology and Pedagogy
Presented by Bart Pursel, Research Associate/Undergraduate Education and Instructional Researcher
Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 11:15am-12:30pm
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/.

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)

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)


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
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.

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 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 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.

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
  • SRTE Question and Answer Session, Tuesday, 2/12/13, 9:45-11:15am, Adobe Connect via https://meeting.psu.edu/srteqa/.
  • Best Practices for PowerPoint: Tips for Teachers, Wednesday, 2/20/13, 12:15-1:15pm, Adobe Connect via https://meeting.psu.edu/powerpoint/.
  • Academic Advising Faculty Panel Discussion, Tuesday, 2/26/13, 12:00-1:00pm, W338 Olmsted.
  • Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States, Tuesday, 3/19/13, 12:00-1:15pm, W338 Olmsted.
  • Educause Learning Initiative Online Spring Focus Session: Learning and the MOOC, Wednesday and Thursday, 4/3-4/13, 12:00-5:00pm, E200 Olmsted.
  • NMC: Horizon Report – 2013 Higher Education Edition, Tuesday, 4/16/13, 12:00-1:15pm, W338 Olmsted.
  • 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

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

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.

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/.

 

Academic Advising Faculty Panel Discussion
Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 12:00-1:00pm, W338 Olmsted

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

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

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

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

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.)

Completed Workshops Fall 2011-Spring 2012

Fall 2011 Semester Workshop List

Full descriptions are provided below this listing.

  • 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/

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/

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/

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

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.

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

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/

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.

Spring 2012 Semester Workshop List

Full descriptions are provided below this listing.

  • 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

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/

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

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.

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/

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/

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/

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

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

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

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.

Completed Workshops Fall 2010-Spring 2011 

Fall 2010 Semester Workshop List

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

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.


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

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

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.

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.
 

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.
 


Copyright and the New Media: What’s New?

Tuesday, October 26th, 12:00-1:30pm, E308 Olmsted

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.

Spring 2011 Semester Workshop List

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


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 reasonable enforce these policies? Let’s talk about it.

A suggested pre-reading is available.

NBC Learn Workshops

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 OR Thursday, February 24, 2011

12:30-1:30pm, C15 Olmsted

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

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!


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.


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.

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.

 

Academically Adrift: Findings & Lessons for Improvement

Thursday, March 24th

1:00-2:00pm, W205 Olmsted

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.

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, 12:00-1:30-m

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!

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.

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.