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Faculty Resources

Instructional faculty in the Eberly College of Science have access to training and information to ensure that instruction in science and math aligns with the learning styles of our students.

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The objective of the Evidence-Based Teaching Academy  is to offer faculty training so they can implement effective evidenced-based teach and active learning in their courses. The objectives of each workshop are to:

• Explore research-proven methods for guiding student learning
• Consider their teaching from a student-centered perspective
• Use a Scientific Approach to design a unit of their course by
• Writing learning objectives
• Building learning activities to accomplish objectives
• Developing assessments that build and assess student mastery of objectives
• Leave the workshop with a redesigned course unit, ready for delivery using best
practices

Tombros Fellows of the CESE develop and implement innovative teaching methodologies, assessment techniques and new courses in ECOS courses.

The vision of the Schreyer Institute is for all Penn State students to be engaged in and responsible for their own learning by means of excellent teaching. The Institute aims to advance and inspire excellence in Penn State’s teaching and learning community.

Academic and Administrative Policies and Procedures manual - Answers questions on issues such as grading and course scheduling

CIRTL Diversity Resources - Resources for inclusive teaching practices in science, technology, engineering and math

Center for Excellence in Writing - Promotes a writing-intensive philosophy of student-centered teaching and collaborative learning through integrated programs; the Center for Excellence in Writing is in the process of blending its undergraduate programs with Penn State Learning.

Classroom and Lab Computing - Information about the Technology Classrooms and Student Computing Labs on the University Park Campus and related services

Copyright Clearance Office - Official University resource for obtaining copyright approvals for course packets and other publications

Counseling and Psychological Services - Worrisome Student Behaviors: Minimizing Risk

Educational Planning Survey - Background information about the Educational Planning Survey and summaries of the data collected from the FTCAP [First-Year Testing, Counseling and Advising Program] surveys

General Purpose Classrooms - Shows number of seats, type of seating, technology category, and photographs for most classrooms at University Park

Multicultural Enhanced Learning for Diversity (MELD) - Resource database providing a rich mix of cultural, international, gender, and lifestyle perspectives that can be integrated into any course

Office for Disability Services - Services for Penn State students with disabilities, includes link to faculty handbook for working with students with disabilities

Penn State Learning - Peer tutoring for many different courses and assistance in multiple skill areas, such as technology, writing, learning skills, etc. for students

Penn State PULSE - Information about student attitudes and opinions on issues relevant to learning

SCOLA - Free resources for instructors of foreign languages at Penn State, including television programming from around the world in native languages

Testing Center - Scanning Operations for the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, e-Testing Facility and ITS computer lab

University Libraries' Services - Library service for faculty, instructors and staff

The Leonhard Center for Enhancement of Engineering Education was established in 1990 by an endowment from William and Wyllis Leonhard. The Center strives to enable the key changes that are required to maintain a world-class engineering education at Penn State. Leonhard Center initiatives focus on the enhancement of courses and curricula as well as assessment of the effectiveness of innovations.

Technology Tools and Resources

Research on Teaching and Learning and Technology - From Penn State Information Technology Services

Tools for Teaching and Learning - Compiled by the Schreyer Institute

"7 Things You Should Know" Series - Provides concise information on emerging learning technologies

iStudy - Modules for Freshmen and skill building support

iTunes U - Post lectures and podcasts on iTunes

Teach Act Information - Information and FAQ on the Teach Act and U.S. copyright law

Turnitin.com - Preventing plagiarism in your classroom

e-Portfolio - Developmental spaces for representing your professional self on the web

ANGEL - Penn State's course management system

Educational Technology Services - Support in the appropriate use of technology for teaching, learning, and research

ITS Training Services - Provides access to information technology training at Penn State

Media and Technology Support Services - Services include media collection of more than 23,000 films, videos, and DVDs, media duplication, video editing labs, and video taping of class presentations.

Web Learning at Penn State - The official Web presence of the Penn State Online initiative

The Student Rating of Teaching Effectiveness (SRTEs) are Penn State's locally developed instrument for gathering feedback from students at the end of the term. The SRTEs were approved by the University Faculty Senate in 1985 and are administered by the Office of the Vice Provost of Academic Affairs. The Schreyer Institute manages the SRTE process and helps facilitate appropriate use of SRTE data.

The Summer Experience in the Eberly College of Science (SEECoS) is a program that is a collaborative effort between ECOS and the Penn State Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) Program.  The mission of the SEECoS Progam is to provide first generation, economically challenged students from the state of Pennsylvania with the opportunity to participate in a summer science research project.  The SEECoS Program has hosted 163 UBMS students in summer research experiences from Summer 2007-2012.  Participating faculty help plan and supervise a five-week long research project for groups of 3 or 4 students that can be completed in twice-weekly, 3-hour laboratory sessions. Graduate and undergraduate students are usually the direct supervisors of the research project and help the SEECoS students prepare a PowerPoint presentation about their results.  The project mentors are prepared for the experience by attending a science pedagogy course that focuses on the communication of science and learning, a project development workshop, and best practices for motivating group work and anticipating road blocks in motivation and participation.  The pedagogy course is taught in the spring semester in 3 sessions on Saturday mornings so it does not disrupt regular course schedules.