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  • PCPSE (Perelman Poli Sci and Econ)
    The Forum, Second Floor
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Leading Classroom Discussions

Facilitator: Dr. Roxanne L. Euben, Professor, Political Science

Why does in-class discussion matter in higher education? Is discussion even possible when so many of us have lost the ability to listen? What strategies encourage participation among a variety […]

  • Towne Building
    215, ODEI Conference Room
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Indistinguishable From Magic: Teaching Advanced Technology with Real-World Applications

Facilitator: Dr. Dustyn Roberts, Practice Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics department, and so may be most useful to students in related fields. […]

  • PCPSE (Perelman Poli Sci and Econ)
    The Forum, Second Floor
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Supporting Students in Crisis: Professional Development from Penn Violence Prevention

Facilitator: Reema Malhotra Phillips, MSW, LSWS, Associate Director, Student Services, Penn Violence Prevention

All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Political Science department, and so may be most useful to students in related fields. Counts toward the […]

  • Van Pelt Library
    CETLI Seminar Room 134
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Ethics: Using Case Studies and Thought Experiments

Facilitator: Drs. Brian A. Berkey, Legal Studies and Business Ethics & Dominic A. Sisti, Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Case studies and thought experiments are common methods for getting students in professional schools to think in more nuanced ways about ethical questions. Brian Berkey from Wharton’s Legal Studies and […]

  • Goddard Labs
    207
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Integrating Computational Tools

Facilitator: Dr. Benjamin Voight, Associate Professor, Pharmacology

As computational tools and thinking become increasingly complex and increasingly integrated into STEM disciplines, the need for using computational tools in the classroom and teaching computational thinking is also increasing. […]

  • Hayden Hall
    360
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Why Teaching Matters (Even if Your Career Leads Outside of Academia)

Facilitator: Dr. Reto Gieré, Professor, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Are you searching for what's beyond academia but are still required to teach during grad school? Are you wondering how teaching might impact your career even if you go outside of academia? Or just curious about how teaching impacts other areas of our research and science? Please join our workshop with Dr. Reto Gieré as he discusses the ways […]

  • Van Pelt Library
    CETLI Seminar Room 134
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Teaching to Students With Different Levels of Preparation

Facilitator: Drs. Masao Sako, Physics & Emma Hart, History

Students at Penn are bright and capable but they come to class with a wide variety of different experiences and expectations. Masao Sako of Physics and Emma Hart of History will start this conversation by describing how they design courses to make sure students who come in with different strengths can all thrive. 

  • Cohen Hall
    204
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Teaching Religion in the Premodern World

Facilitator: Dr. Reyhan Durmaz, Religious Studies

Recent scholarship has demonstrated that “religion” as we know it today is a post-Enlightenment concept. But this fact has not changed common discourse that assumes the universality of religion, nor has it stopped the academy from offering courses on religion in pre-modern contexts. So how do we approach teaching within a framework which we have […]

  • PCPSE (Perelman Poli Sci and Econ)
    200
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Inclusive Teaching in Economics

Facilitator: Ornella Darova, SAS Graduate Fellow in Inclusive & Equitable Teaching, Economics

All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Economics department, and so may be most useful to students in related fields. Counts toward the CETLI Teaching Certificate.

  • Levine Hall
    612
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Interdisciplinary Teaching: Merging the Liberal Arts with Engineering

Facilitator: Dr. Danaë Metaxa, Assistant Professor, Computer & Information Science

What are the most effective methods for developing and delivering interdisciplinary courses? What’s the difference between being faculty at an R1 versus a small, liberal-arts college (SLAC)? This seminar explores these questions and more, from the key aspects of creating and effectively teaching an interdisciplinary curriculum, to choosing between different academic career paths. Professor Danaë […]

  • Van Pelt Library
    CETLI Seminar Room 134
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Encouraging Open Inquiry in the Classroom

Facilitator: Drs. Sigal R. Ben-Porath, Graduate School of Education & Benjamin Nathans, History

How can instructors create a classroom where students can investigate controversial topics in a way that is free and open? How do instructors make sure students can consider all sides of an argument and multiple perspectives? In this discussion, Sigal Ben-Porath from GSE and Ben Nathans from History will begin by talking about their experiences […]

  • BRB (Biomed Research Building)
    251
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Advocating for Yourself: Navigating Your Role as a Researcher and Teacher

Facilitator: Dr. Allyson Mackey, Associate Professor, Psychology

Being a TA with demands from both a research advisor and teaching professor can be a lot. This workshop will discuss how to exactly navigate this in between space and advocating for yourself and needs, while aiming to meet the demands of your advisor and professor. All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out […]

  • Towne Building
    108
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The Art and Science of Writing Good Exams

Facilitator: Dr. Joseph Devietti of Computer and Information Science & Dr. David Issadore of Bioengineering

Writing exams that are challenging but fair is arguably one of the most difficult tasks we face as instructors. Drs. Joseph Devietti and David Issadore will start this informal conversation by sharing their own experiences with exam writing. We’ll consider multiple approaches to creating exams that are rigorous, equitable, and aligned with course learning goals. […]

  • Van Pelt Library
    CETLI Seminar Room 134
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Using AI to Help Your Students Learn

Facilitator: Drs. Amanda P. Bettencourt, Nursing & Prasanna (Sonny) Tambe, Operations, Information and Decisions

How can instructors use generative AI in ways that help students learn (rather than allow students to take shortcuts)? This conversation will start with Amanda Bettencourt of Nursing and Sonny Tambe of OID talking about how they have used generative AI to improve student learning and promote more interaction with course materials and skills. 

  • Van Pelt Library
    CETLI Seminar Room 134
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Making Your Recitations More Effective: Tools from the Weingarten Center

Facilitator: Oscar Escudero-Ortega, STEM Learning Specialist, Weingarten Center

Join STEM Learning Specialist, Oscar Escudero-Ortega to discuss Weingarten approved tools and strategies that can be implemented in structuring an effective recitation. All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Neuroscience department, and so may be most useful to students in related fields. Counts toward the CETLI Teaching Certificate.

  • Williams Hall
    543 - Cherpack Lounge
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From Application to Campus Visit: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Job Market

Facilitator: Dr. Corine Labridy, Assistant Professor, French and Francophone, Italian, and Germanic Studies

Dr. Labridy will be discussing how to showcase your strengths in your application materials and what happens during interviews and campus interviews. All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Francophone, Italian, and Germanic Studies department, and so may be most useful to students in related fields. Counts toward the […]

  • Van Pelt Library
    CETLI Seminar Room 134
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Helping Students Read More Effectively

Facilitator: Drs. Michael Kane, Economics & Paul K. Saint-Amour, English

Instructors often assign students reading as a way to get students ready for class.  Students, however, sometimes are not sure what role the readings play in class. To begin this conversation, Michael Kane from Economics and Paul Saint-Amour from English will talk about how they motivate students to do the reading and help students understand […]

  • Van Pelt Library
    CETLI Seminar Room 134
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Teaching a Combined Graduate and Undergraduate Class

Facilitator: Drs. Mona B. Merling, Mathematics & Donovan O. Schaefer, Religious Studies

Faculty teaching co-listed undergraduate and graduate classes face the challenge of designing a class for students who have different preparation, different expertise and different motivations for taking the course.  This conversation will feature Mona Merling from Math and Donovan Schaefer from Religious Studies who will share how they create classes that support learning for both […]

  • Cohen Hall
    204
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Teaching Polarizing Topics

Facilitator: Dr. Anthea Butler, Religious Studies

Students have social and political concerns that can enter into the classroom depending on the topic. How do we teach topics like religion, race, and gender during politically charged times? How can we facilitate productive discussions in the classroom? What kinds of pushback should we anticipate from students, and how can we mitigate it before it […]

  • Van Pelt Library
    134 CETLI/OLI Seminar Room
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CETLI Course Design Institute

Facilitator: CETLI Staff

Preparing a new course and not sure where to begin?  Revising an old course and looking for some fresh ideas? The Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning & Innovation (CETLI) is hosting a three-day, in-person workshop on course development. In these sessions, we invite you to work collaboratively with fellow Penn instructors and CETLI staff […]