- Classroom Guidelines for Instructors Related to COVID-19 published on the Student Affairs website:
COVID-19 Classroom Guidance | Penn State Student Affairs
- Syllabus Language Suggestions for Fall 2020
The syllabus is where we share with our students what are course is about, why our course is being taught, how will be teaching and what will be required from them to complete the course successfully. An effective syllabus needs to go one step further and provide students with information that shows who we are and that we care for their well-being and their academic success. The guidelines for safety and attendance just released by the University can be shared in this light and hopefully they will ease some of the stress you and your students are feeling in regard to the unknowns we are facing in the upcoming semester. Please use senate-written syllabus language found at the following link as a guide:
- Fall 2020 Guidelines for Undergraduate and Graduate Internships and Co-ops have been published:
- CAPS is offering a twice-daily drop-in support opportunity for all PSU students - Virtual Life Hacks - that run Monday - Friday at 10:00 am and 3:30 pm for 60 minutes. Each Life Hacks offers a 20-25 min presentation about the transitions and commonly-held feelings and stressors associated with this time of COVID-19 and the shift to remote learning. It also offers coping strategies and small group discussion with CAPS staff facilitating. For more information including the link to get started go to: https://studentaffairs.psu.edu/counseling/wellness-services/life-hacks
Remote Teaching Resources
Following is a compilation of resources related to COVID-19 on teaching remotely and responses by the federal agencies to the federal funding of research during the pandemic:
Crowd-Sourced List of Resources to Support Remote Teaching
Visit bit.ly/rtresourcelist to view an expansive, crowd-sourced list of resources to support remote teaching that includes links to many institutional websites dedicated to the topic. If you notice that your institutional website is missing from the spreadsheet you may add it by using the following online form: bit.ly/rtresourceform.
Disciplinary resources on teaching remotely
Disciplinary societies have been crowd-sourcing resources on teaching remotely. These documents are not necessarily comprehensive or best practices, but they are being generated by communities of faculty developers and discipline-based education researchers and represent some of the best thinking around teaching effectively remotely:
- LeighAnn Tomaswick's compilation of online simulations, labs, and other instructional resources.
- POD (the society for Centers for Teaching and Learning) has promising practices and resources for moving courses online: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pVMh1qsjHuHIODqPsXkB7i-aXoSUsilj8H4UztM9xAo/edit#
- The Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) has a discussion board with resources and ideas for biology faculty: https://saberbio.wildapricot.org/Discussion-board/8824866
- PhysPort has expert recommendation on physics/astro-specific advice and resources: https://www.physport.org/recommendations/Entry.cfm?ID=119906
- Ecology/Environmental Science online learning resources: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16K6bGTf-wGjxxi6aGi_v6vlLQSpsOgl1zq3tXLHWweg/edit#gid=0
- Geoscience Materials for Teaching Online: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-R6THvCIcAjGrWRspCN915SIzItdZ95ziwiF8BmQrYc/edit#gid=0
- The American Astronomical Society (AAS) curated online teaching resource: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UPZVyq2U7GTC5I7R1TI_rsRDwu4FXt9aukGYXIeq60Q/edit?ts=5e6a9f6a
- Resources for teaching inclusively from the Aspire Alliance: https://www.aspirealliance.org/national-change/covid-19-resources
- Clinical experiences for teacher ed programs: https://www.margaretmohrschroeder.com/?page_id=1363
- How to Quickly (and Safely) Move a Lab Course Online (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Technology Tools and Resources
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.
- More information for faculty
- University of Colorado Boulder STEM Program - Integrating STEM Education at Colorado (iSTEM) brings together existing efforts and supports new efforts in STEM Education. The vision of iSTEM is to establish CU Boulder as a national hub of STEM education through an institute or center for STEM education.
- UC STEM Education Programs
- Carl Weiman Science Education Initiative at the University of British Columbia -The goal of the CWSEI is to achieve highly effective, evidence-based science education for all post-secondary students by applying the latest advances in pedagogical and organizational excellence.
- CWSEI Resources
- Yale University: The Center for Scientific Teaching -A teaching and learning Center at Yale led by Dr. Jo Handelsman, with the mission to spread the practices of evidence-based scientific teaching methods. These methods focus on active learning, diversity and assessment. There is information regarding their summer HHMI Institutes, publications, and instructional materials for faculty.
- Institute for Biology Education at University of Wisconsin, Madison -This website has good list of resources and publications from Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching.
- Faculty Focus - Faculty Focus is a free newsletter that is published in blog form for faculty in higher education.