Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence plans programs

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence will present several workshops:

-- Item Analysis: Improving Multiple Choice Tests from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. TuesdayMarch 4, in Room 315 Rider Building.

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 in the report. In this interactive workshop, presented by Crystal Ramsay, research associate and 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 as well as a copy of the exam.

To register, visit Item Analysis.

-- Providing Effective Feedback for ESL Writers from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in 315 Rider Building.

Few tasks a teacher faces can be more daunting than providing feedback on students’ writing, particularly when the students are writing in a second language. In this workshop, presented by Dorothy Worden and Lindsey Kurtz, doctoral candidates in applied linguistics and Michelle Kaczmarke, doctoral candidate in English, for instructors from all disciplines, we will discuss strategies for providing feedback that is beneficial for English as a second language student writers and manageable for your schedule. 

To register, visit Providing Effective Feedback for ESL Writers.

-- Two sessions of Improved Learning and Enhanced Teaching in Large Classes from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, in 315 Rider Building, and Thursday, March 6, in Room 201 Chambers Building.

Actively engaging students in large classes isn't easy, but it can be done. Join graduate consultants Shiv Karunakaran and Jessica Arends for this interactive workshop where we will look at strategies for enhancing student learning, assessing students' understanding and actively engaging students even when your classroom is a lecture hall or auditorium. All graduate students are welcome.

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