College of IST Opportunities
The College of IST offers professional development opportunities for instructors to meet with colleagues.
New Instructor Teaching Orientation
Date: August 16, 2021
Time: 11 AM – 2 PM EST
This event is for anyone who is newly hired to teach in the College of IST.
Technology Tools for Teaching (for both University Park and World Campus instructors)
Date: August 19, 2021
Time: 7-8 PM, EST
This session introduces instructors to key features of Canvas, as well as Kaltura, Zoom, Turnitin, Peer Evals, Starfish, VoiceThread, and more. Those with minimal or no experience with these platforms should plan to attend or contact a Learning Designer for pointers and other suggested webinars: LD@ist.psu.edu.
Orientation to Teaching a World Campus Course (for World Campus instructors)
Date: August 20, 2021
Time: 7-8 PM, EST
This session introduces instructors to best practices and expectations in teaching our World Campus courses led by Nick Giacobe and Ed Glantz. Our session will include response time to student emails, Office hour expectations, engagement expectations, the population of the World Campus courses, and more. Those with minimal or no experience should plan to attend or contact Nick Giacobe or a Learning Designer: LD@ist.psu.edu.
Teaching Community Seminars
Dates & Times: see the seminar webpage
Seminars are offered three times each semester over the lunch hour for instructors to discuss teaching topics of interest, such as modern start-up technologies, teaching with virtual hands-on labs, student experiences on teams, best practices for high-quality exam items, and more. Watch for a save-the-date email at the start of each semester or check the seminar webpage. You can offer a discussion topic by emailing your idea to email@example.com.
Informal Teaching Conversations
- September 2, 2021
- September 23, 2021
- October 14, 2021
- November 11, 2021
- December 2, 2021
Time: 12 – 12:50PM
Informal teaching conversations with new instructors occur over the lunch hour about every three weeks. Topics are determined by those who attend. Sessions provide opportunities for reflection on teaching and Q&A with learning designers.
Online Teaching and Learning Meetings
Dates: 4th Friday of the month
Faculty teaching online courses for the College of IST are invited to attend monthly meetings to discuss teaching online. Topics (such as creating grading rubrics to establish expectations in online courses, working with asynchronous student teams, and strategies for ensuring academic integrity) are announced the week before each session.
Date: TBD, weekly in February
Each spring semester, instructors are invited to participate in a month-long book club, usually during the month of February. Past books include:
- Distracted Why Students Can’t Focus and What You Can Do About It by James M. Lang
- Teach Your Students How to Learn by Saundra Yancy McGuire
- Small Teaching by James M. Lang
- Mindset by Carol Dweck
Look for email announcements in December and January.
The University offers individual professional development opportunities and interdisciplinary group events where instructors meet with colleagues.
The Canvas Support page offers self-paced tutorials, guides with online documentation, a searchable knowledge base, and a 24/7 helpline. For a step-by-step introduction to building a course in Canvas, we recommend working through the Canvas Learning Path.
Innovation in Teaching at Penn State (ITAP)
ITAP talks highlight successful teaching innovations at Penn State, such as novel assessment tools for improving learning, innovations in remote and socially-distanced learning, training students to be peer learning facilitators, and more. Past topics are listed on the ITAP website. Events are announced on the ITAP Listserv. To be added, email L-ITAPfirstname.lastname@example.org with “Add me” in the subject line and a few characters in the e-mail.
IT Learning and Development
For workshops and training on the University’s designated teaching technologies, such as the Canvas learning management system, Zoom video conferencing, Kaltura video cloud platform, and more, check the offerings each semester on the ITLD webpage.
Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence (SITE)
SITE supporting instructors in engaging students in learning, with expertise in course planning, motivating learning, assessing learning, large course instruction, mid-semester feedback, and more. Check the SITE website for workshop offerings, short courses, and consultation services.
STEM Teaching Group
The STEM Teaching Group offers frequent seminars for STEM instructors, addressing topics such as teaching subjects that require math, evidence-based teaching in STEM courses, metacognitive strategies for science courses, and more. Events are advertised on the email list “STEMteaching.” To be added to the list, email Julia Kregnow at email@example.com.
World Campus Faculty Development for Online Courses
The World Campus Faculty Development unit provides a rich set of offerings for instructors who are assigned to teach online courses. Check their Online Faculty Development offerings for a self-paced or time-structured course that meets your needs.