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A compiled list of useful links for faculty members.

ECoS Syllabus Check Sheet


Tombros Fellows of the CESE

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

Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence

  • 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 withstudents with disabilities
    • Office of Judicial Affairs - The Office of Judicial Affairs (OJA) interprets and enforces the Student Code of Conduct
    • 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

 

Leonhard Center (College of Engineering)

  • 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

 

    Student Rating of Teaching Effectiveness (SRTEs)

    • 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.

     

    SEECoS

    • 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.

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