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  • Van Pelt Library
    134 (CETLI/OLI Seminar Room)
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How Are You Changing Your Assignments in Response to ChatGPT? 

Facilitator: Kate Dorsch, History and Sociology of Science and John Paul MacDuffie, Management

ChatGPT has instructors rethinking their assignments – whether to address concerns around academic integrity, to help students learn new skills that prepare them for the future, to use the tool to open time for different kinds of thinking, or all three. Kate Dorsch, of History and Sociology of Science and John Paul MacDuffie of Management […]

  • Van Pelt Library
    134 (CETLI/OLI Seminar Room)
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Creating a Welcoming Syllabus

Facilitator: Michele Margolis, Political Science & Robyn Sanderson, Physics and Astronomy

In this session Michele Margolis of Political Science and Robyn Sanderson of Physics and Astronomy will use their ideas about their syllabuses to start a conversation about how to prepare for the fall by creating a syllabus for your class that engages students, excites them for the class, and makes clear to them what they […]

  • Zoom (Register for Link)
    Online
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Setting Expectations Around Student Use of Generative AI

Facilitator: Catherine Turner, Director, Faculty Programming and Pedagogy

In this workshop, sponsored jointly with Penn’s office of Community Standards and Accountability, faculty will prepare for the Fall semester by considering their expectations around students’ use of generative AI platforms (like Chat GPT, Bing, Bard and others).  Discussion will focus on how faculty can use assignment design, class time and their syllabus to help […]

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    Zoom (register for link)
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Using Canvas to Support Group Work and Projects

Facilitator: Jessica Morris, Director, Instructional Design and Technology

In this session, we’ll explore different strategies for helping students connect, communicate and collaborate as they work on projects in groups – making use of tools like Canvas Groups, Canvas Collaborations, group assignments, and group discussions. We will also review methods to track the progress of groups and individuals in those groups so you know who […]

  • Online
    Zoom (register for link)
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Encouraging Students to Attend Class

Facilitator: Catherine Turner, Director, Faculty Programming and Pedagogy

Being in class together is valuable for student learning, but after the pandemic instructors have reported that students are coming to class less and that by mid-semester as many as half the students in lectures are not coming.  This session will explore ways to help students see the value of class, set expectations for why […]

  • Online
    Zoom (register for link)
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Keeping Students On Track With Canvas

Facilitator: Jessica Morris, Director, Instructional Design and Technology

This session will explore using Canvas to help students understand what they should be doing (and when they should be doing it) so they can stay on track in your class. We’ll share strategies for making your Canvas site easy for students to navigate, different methods for using Canvas to communicate with students, and how […]

  • Online
    Zoom (register for link)
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Using Perusall to Encourage Deeper Engagement with Course Materials

Facilitator: Jessica Morris, Director, Instructional Design and Technology

Perusall is a social annotation tool that works within Canvas to enable students to comment on and discuss class readings, images, videos, and podcasts. In this session, we’ll consider different strategies for using Perusall to get students to come to class prepared, to discuss course material with one another, and to share their ideas and […]

  • Online
    Zoom (register for link)
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Engaging Your Students on the First Day of Class

Facilitator: Jen Round, Associate Director, Faculty Programming and Pedagogy

What we do on the first day of class matters for how the rest of the semester unfolds. It is an opportunity to introduce yourself and your course design, provide students with a glimpse of your teaching style, and communicate your expectations. This session will explore ways to make you and your students feel at […]

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New Lecturer Orientation

Facilitator: Jennifer Round, Associate Director Faculty Pedagogy and Programming

In this session, CETLI staff will outline Penn policies and resources as well as discuss Penn semesters and culture as a way to prepare new lecturers for their first semester at Penn.

  • Van Pelt Library
    134 (CETLI/OLI Seminar room)
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Deadlines and Life Happens: Keeping Students on Track but Providing Flexibility Around Deadlines

Facilitator: Sarah Kagan, Nursing and Marc Meredith, Political Science

How can you set firm deadlines but still work with students who need some flexibility? In this conversation Sarah Kagan of Nursing and Marc Meredith of Political Science will talk about how they try to balance the challenges students sometimes encounter with the need for some firm deadlines to keep students on track.

  • Towne Building
    108
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Being Accessible to Students while Preserving your Time

Facilitator: Dr. Lee Bassett of Electrical & Systems Engineering and Dr. Jennifer Lukes of Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics

Finding time to support and mentor students can be challenging. Drs. Lee Bassett and Jennifer Lukes will start the conversation by sharing ideas for promoting positive relationships with students while maintaining boundaries to preserve our time. We will consider ways to use office hours efficiently as well as ideas for leveraging technology to simplify scheduling […]

  • Van Pelt Library
    134 (CETLI/OLI Seminar Room)
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Mentoring Doctoral Students

Facilitator: Chenoa Flippen, Sociology and Daniel Levinthal, Management

Mentors of doctoral students must both give students enough structure to complete their dissertations and learn particular skills, and support them as they find their own scholarly voices and interests. In this session Chenoa Flippen of Sociology and Daniel Levinthal of Management will begin the conversation by thinking about how to strike a balance between […]

  • Van Pelt Library
    134 (CETLI/OLI Seminar Room)
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Teaching Ethics in Professional Schools

In this session, instructors who teach ethics in professional schools across Penn will begin a conversation about the crucial role ethics can play in professional education, and challenges of and strategies for teaching them.

  • Van Pelt Library
    134 (CETLI/OLI Seminar room)
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Encouraging – and Clarifying – Class Participation

Facilitator: Sarah Gronningsater, History and Wendy Roth, Sociology

Class participation is often a nebulous concept for students. While faculty often encourage and grade participation, students can be unsure what is expected of them. Sarah Gronningsater and Wendy Roth will begin this conversation with concrete ideas for helping students participate in ways that will help them learn and setting expectations so that students know […]

  • Van Pelt Library
    134
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Giving Students Feedback in Clinical Settings

Facilitator: Nadia Bennett, Perelman School of Medicine & Olivia Sheridan, School of Dental Medicine

In this discussion of clinical teaching, Nadia Bennett of the Perelman School of Medicine and Olivia Sheridan of the School of Dental Medicine will start a conversation on how to make feedback meaningful for clinical students, how to give feedback in front of patients, and other times and means of providing students with feedback to […]

  • Towne Building
    Room 108
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Awake & Engaged: Making Lectures More Interactive

Facilitator: Dr. Igor Bargatin of of Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics and Dr. Amish Patel of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Lectures can be a useful method for communicating complex information but are most effective when students are engaged with and focused on the material. Drs. Igor Bargatin and Amish Patel will start this informal conversation by sharing their strategies for making lectures more interactive. We’ll consider ways to increase student attention and interaction to promote […]

  • Van Pelt Library
    134
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Discussing Controversial Issues in Class

Facilitator: Murali Balaji, Annenberg & Amy Hillier, SP2 and City and Regional Planning

Controversial issues are often central to what we want to teach. But many of us find such dialogues risky, as discussion can become so heated students don’t learn or, alternatively, students won’t talk at all out of fear of saying something wrong or insensitive. Murali Balaji of Annenberg and Amy Hillier of Social Policy and […]

  • Van Pelt Library
    134
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Including Climate Change in Your Class – Regardless of Discipline

Facilitator: Barri Gold, English & Farah Hussain, Perelman School of Medicine

This session will bring together faculty to share ideas about ways to include discussions of the climate emergency in their classes, whether the topic of the course addresses climate or not. Barri Gold of English and Farah Hussain of the Perelman School of Medicine will initiate the conversation by talking about how they incorporated climate […]

  • Van Pelt Library
    134
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Getting Students to Practice Thinking in Class

Facilitator: Katrin Hinrichs, Veterinary Medicine & James Petersson, Chemistry

It sounds obvious, that we want students to develop their thinking during class time, but in practice many of our students do not understand what kinds of thinking we are asking of them. In this session, Katrin Hinrichs of Veterinary Medicine and James Petersson of Chemistry will talk about how they’ve been able to use […]

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Thinking Proactively About Accommodations & Accessibility

Facilitator: CETLI Staff

What can you do to prepare for disability accommodations before you even get them? This session will explore ways you can focus on what’s most important about your course and plan for flexibility in your course design so that students with accommodations (and others) feel supported as they learn.

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Supporting Students with Disabilities by Making Course Materials Accessible

Facilitator: CETLI Staff

Creating accessible course materials – from documents, to instructional videos, to Canvas sites – can ensure that students are able to fully engage with your course. In this session, you will learn how to efficiently create and remediate frequently-used course materials to be usable by all students, particularly those who receive disability-related accommodations.

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Creating a Class Atmosphere that Encourages Discussion Across Difference

Facilitator: CETLI Staff

Conversations about and across differences are crucial to learning in many classes, yet many instructors feel anxious about engaging topics that seem too controversial.  In this session, you’ll share ideas about strategies to create a trusting classroom where students can speak with and listen to each other in productive ways.

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Engaging Your Students on the First Day

Facilitator: CETLI Staff

What we do on the first day of class matters for how the rest of the semester unfolds. It is an opportunity to introduce yourself and your course design, provide students with a glimpse of your teaching style, and communicate your expectations. This session will explore ways to make you and your students feel at […]

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Polling for Active Learning and Lecturing

Facilitator: CETLI Staff

Live polling is a great way to make lectures more interactive. In this session, we’ll explore best practices in polling activity design and offer practical tips for running live polls and tracking student participation. We’ll consider the benefits and drawbacks of PollEverywhere in particular and answer questions about its integration capabilities with Canvas and presentation […]

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Canvas Can Do That?! Canvas Features That Can Save You Time

Facilitator: CETLI Staff

In this quick session, we’ll explore some hidden, timesaving features in Canvas, including creating a reusable bank of comments for students, messaging students in bulk according to their submission status or grades, and having Canvas drop students’ lowest grades automatically. There will also be time to troubleshoot ways you want to make Canvas work better […]

  • Towne Building
    108
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Designing Group Work for the Classroom

Facilitator: Dr. Paulo Arratia of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics & Dr. Leann Dourte of Bioengineering

Group work can be a great way for students to learn collaboratively but is most effective when instructors give careful consideration to its design. Drs. Paulo Arratia and Leann Dourte will start this informal conversation by sharing their experiences designing and facilitating group work in the classroom. We’ll consider practical strategies for incorporating elements of […]

  • Van Pelt Library
    CETLI Seminar Room 134
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Getting Students Ready for Exams During Class

Facilitator: Drs. Thomas E. Mallouk, Chemistry & Loretta A. Sernekos, Nursing

Giving students support for regular practice with the skills and concepts of a course,  can help them feel more prepared for exams and midterms because students continue learning throughout the semester. To start this session, Tom Mallouk of Chemistry and Loretta Sernekos of Nursing will share concrete strategies for getting students engaged with course materials […]

  • Fisher Fine Arts Library
    The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, 4th Floor
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Celebrate the Creation of the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Innovation

The newly established CETLI brings together the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Online Learning Initiative in a unified office to promote teaching excellence and innovation. Faculty, staff and students are invited to come together for this party to celebrate the new office and Penn’s commitment to teaching and learning. Join us for hor […]

  • Van Pelt Library
    CETLI Seminar Room 134
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Addressing Student Anxiety While Still Creating a Rigorous Class

Facilitator: Drs. Dennis Flores, Nursing & Peter T. Struck, Classics

Instructors have been concerned by the rise in student anxiety since the pandemic but are unsure how to address it. In this session, Dennis Flores from Nursing and Peter Struck from Classics will begin this conversation by explaining how they have worked to reduce student anxiety while maintaining high standards for student learning. 

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Leveraging Generative AI to Develop Quiz and Exam Questions

Facilitator: CETLI Staff

In this session we’ll explore prompts and strategies to optimize the use of generative AI tools like Bing, Chat, and Bard to expand your pool of quiz and exam questions while still providing equally difficult versions of your assessments. We’ll also explore ways to deliver different versions of your exams including using tools like Gradescope […]