Teaching Excellence Events


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Textbook costs are soaring, and more and more college students are unable to afford them. Open Educational Resources have the potential to substantially lower the cost of education, give faculty more control over their instructional materials, and promote student success. Want to learn more about these materials from IUP faculty who have implemented OER in their courses? This workshop will introduce participants to what OER materials are, how to locate high quality OER materials, and how and why your colleagues are using them.  Please bring your laptop to this interactive session and join us to learn ways to implement components of OER or to begin a total OER conversion!

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Would you like to improve your advising skills and engage your advisees in a more efficient and effective way? This session is for you!  In it, expectations for academic advising will be reviewed and suggestions for including advising in tenure, promotion, and yearly review materials will be offered. Tips on efficient/effective ways to set up advising meetings and communicating with your advisees, tools and resources to use during advising meetings, and general advising tools and resources will also be discussed. Participants can expect to come away with an updated toolkit to help support and improve their current advising practices.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Learning transfer refers to the ability of students to take knowledge, skills, and strategies gained in an educational setting and adapt it to a variety of contexts (educational, civic, professional, and personal). While educators recognize the critical importance of transfer as a core goal of education, researchers have long documented the challenge that students of all levels have in transferring knowledge across contexts. This interactive workshop introduces participants to the principles of learning transfer and offers an opportunity to consider how to build learning transfer into courses and curricula across the disciplines.  Participants are encouraged to bring their syllabus and course materials to this workshop.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Building a sense of community in an online classroom can be a challenge, but is an essential component for online student success and retention. A panel of faculty, both experienced and new to online teaching, will share methods they have used to successfully foster student engagement in the online classroom.  Participants can expect to leave the session with a variety of potential strategies for fostering student engagement in their own classes and with an enhanced learning community of faculty members who can provide support and answer questions.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Improv is more than the gags and one-liners on “Whose Line is It Anyway?” Improvisation skills are now being used in multiple professional fields to improve communication, stimulate creativity and enhance collaboration. In this inclusive, relaxed and interactive workshop, you will learn some of the principles that underlie effective improvisation through large and small group exercises that can be used in any classroom. Participants can expect to take away simple but effective exercises to enhance student engagement and empathetic communication through active learning.