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Fall 2013 brown-bag lunch series
What are they? Forums for discussing academic advising
Who’s invited? All faculty and staff. (Please spread the word.)
Why attend? To network, share how-to’s, and learn about advising resources
- Course Substitution Petitioning Process
- The University Undergraduate Advising Handbook Is Changing!
- Using Career Services Resources in Academic Advising: Best Practices
- Analyzing Student Performance in First-Year Math Classes: Updates & New Initiatives
Friday, September 13, noon to 1:00 p.m.
110 Henderson Building (The Living Center)
A new University-wide course-substitution and academic-exception request system—currently in a pilot phase—will soon replace the existing paper process with a streamlined, web-based program for use across all colleges and campuses. The new process not only will expedite student requests and college/campus responses but will also facilitate related degree-audit adjustments. Additionally, the new system will provide a standard interface for students and advisers to use, improve communications between campuses, and generate statistics to support accreditation reports. Leading this session will be Penny Carlson, executive director of academic services and assessment in the Office of the Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses.
Tuesday, October 1, noon to 1:00 p.m.
110 Henderson Building (The Living Center)
Scheduled to launch soon, a redesigned version of the handbook will meet accessibility standards, as well as present a new look, new url, and some new features. After conducting a survey of users, the handbook design team has endeavored to maintain the most valued handbook features while making critical upgrades. At this seminar, learn what's new and what's not. Handbook creators will be available to get your feedback and ideas. Leading this session from the Division of Undergraduate Studies will be Jeff Sechler, multimedia specialist, and Laura Brown, senior undergraduate studies adviser and handbook author.
Wednesday, October 23, noon to 1:00 p.m.
103B/C Bank of America Career Services Building
This seminar will provide an update on some of the techniques and tools that Career Services uses to assist students in developing and achieving career goals. Advisers will be provided with an overview about students' job and internship search strategies, current career assessment instruments, and some case studies of common student scenarios demonstrating how Career Services can assist students in different majors. When and how to refer students to Career Services will be emphasized, as well what happens once a student visits Career Services. Presenting this session from Career Services will be Matt Ishler, assistant director for career counseling and planning, and Laurie Verost, associate director for Commonwealth and World campuses.
Analyzing Student Performance in First-Year Math Classes: Updates and New Initiatives
Originally scheduled noon seminar has been canceled. Interested colleagues are invited to attend the Mathematics Department Teaching Seminar:
Myths About How Students Learn in STEM Courses
Tuesday, November 19, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
114 McAllister Building
Pizza lunch to follow
With the increased concern over student learning, there is no shortage of recommendations made to improve instruction in post-secondary STEM courses. Unfortunately, many of these recommendations are based on myths about how students learn. In this discussion,the presenters will address some of the most common myths they encounter. The discussion is designed to address key, fundamental principles of student learning while providing instructors with tips and techniques for how these principles can be translated into action in STEM courses. Presenters: Dr. Peggy Van Meter, Associate Professor, College of Education and Dr. Carla Firetto, Postdoctoral Fellow in the College of Education. For further information contact James Hager (email@example.com).
For details, contact Laura Brown at 814-865-7576 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Division of Undergraduate Studies at http://dus.psu.edu is a unit within Penn State's Office of Undergraduate Education. The division's mission includes student enrollment; the University-wide academic information network; general academic advising for any current and prospective Penn State student; and the educational planning and academic consultation components of New Student Orientation.