Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence plans workshops

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

-- New Instructor Orientation, a self-paced online program, from Friday, Aug. 22, through Friday, Oct. 3.

This online, self-directed workshop, open to all new instructors at Penn State, is offered at the start of each semester through Angel, Penn State’s course management system. The workshop will provide a brief introduction to the resources and strategies that are crucial to good teaching and planning. Angel access information will be provided to participants via email.

In order to receive a letter of completion, participants will need to complete two assignments. Completion of the New Instructor Orientation satisfies a requirement of the Graduate School Teaching Certificate.

For more information go to To register, visit NIO registration.

-- Preparing Your Syllabus from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, in Room 315, Rider Building. 

This interactive workshop, presented by Chas Brua, research associate and instructional consultant, will provide participants with tips on required elements, tone and clarity in syllabi. Individual feedback on syllabus drafts submitted between Aug. 1 and Aug. 14 to will also be available at the event.

To register for the Aug. 18 session, visit Preparing Your Syllabus

-- TA 101: Survive and Thrive as a Teaching Assistant from 11:15 to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, in Room 315, Rider Building. 

Because teaching assistants are situated in between faculty and students, the role requires skills in navigating potentially challenging situations. In this interactive workshop, presented by Chas Brua, research associate and instructional consultant, and graduate consultants Whitney Zimmerman and Stephen Van Wert, we'll consider several typical situations and discuss ways to resolve them. 

Takeaways from the workshop are strategies for communicating with students and faculty supervisors, and tips on grading effectively and efficiently.

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