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Virtual Teaching Support

As a PSU instructor you have full-service teaching resources and a team that will work with you remotely one-on-one to create an impactful class for your students. This includes technology, multimedia, custom course design, assessment, and accessibility services.

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Professional Growth

Go deeper with your teaching practice and build your portfolio with professional development certificates, virtual conferences, remote faculty cohorts, online writing retreats, and book groups.

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Active Remote Community

Connect with colleagues and community partners at upcoming remote workshops and events, find mentors in your field, and build communities of practice.
 

Upcoming events

Happy New Year: 5 Key Strategies for Productive and Satisfying…

Register A new year! Try a fresh approach holistic approach to your…
Add to my Calendar 2021-01-15 09:00:00 2021-01-15 12:00:00 Happy New Year: 5 Key Strategies for Productive and Satisfying Faculty Academic Writing in 2021 Register A new year! Try a fresh approach holistic approach to your academic writing! This interactive workshop will acquaint you with five key strategies that undergird a productive, satisfying and creative academic writing practice.. Beginning with learning more about yourself as a writer and moving to experimenting with several creative approaches to generating ideas, you will leave this workshop with several new approaches to sustain and improve your writing practice so that 2021 is truly a productive writing year. About the Facilitator Danelle Stevens, OAI Faculty in Residence Dannelle D. Stevens, Ph.D., has co-authored four books and numerous articles, framed around different ways to assist faculty in their complex roles as writers, scholars and teachers. She has crystallized her many years of experience into assisting graduate students, faculty and other professionals in creating a productive and satisfying professional life. Danelle consults both nationally and internationally on strategies that improve faculty writing and publishing, and promote positive classroom assessment practices as well as infuse their work with creative insights. Her fourth book, Write More, Publish More, Stress Less!, was released January 2019.   Our events seek to be inclusive, and all are welcome. If you have accessibility requests, please reach out to oai@pdx.edu prior to the event and we will do our best to accommodate them. Remote Office of Academic Innovation Office of Academic Innovation America/Los_Angeles public

Faculty Book Group

Register Join the faculty book group this winter as we dive into James…
Add to my Calendar 2021-01-15 12:00:00 2021-01-15 13:00:00 Faculty Book Group Register Join the faculty book group this winter as we dive into James Lang's timely read, "Distracted: Why Students Can't Focus and What You Can Do About It."   Please register to join this term's book group using the Registration link above! A copy of the book will be sent to your address if you provide one in the registration process. The group meets five times throughout winter term on January 15th, 29th, February 12th, 26th, and March 12th. We will meet to discuss the Introduction and Chapter 1 on January 15th.   About The Book Why is it so hard to get students to pay attention? Conventional wisdom blames iPhones, insisting that access to technology has ruined students' ability to focus. But acclaimed educator James M. Lang argues that this solution obscures a deeper problem: how we teach is often at odds with how students learn. Classrooms are designed to force students into long periods of intense focus, but emerging science reveals that the brain is wired for distraction. We learn best when able to actively seek and synthesize new information.   In Distracted, Lang rethinks the practice of teaching, revealing how educators can structure their classrooms less as distraction-free zones and more as environments where they can actively cultivate their students' attention. Brimming with ideas and grounded in new research, Distracted offers an innovative plan for the most important lesson of all: how to learn. Remote Office of Academic Innovation Office of Academic Innovation America/Los_Angeles public

Teaching Innovation Conference: Contemplative Practice in Higher…

Join us at the winter 2021 Teaching Innovation Conference as we explore…
Add to my Calendar 2021-01-22 13:00:00 2021-01-22 15:30:00 Teaching Innovation Conference: Contemplative Practice in Higher Education Join us at the winter 2021 Teaching Innovation Conference as we explore ways to build focused, inclusive, and supportive remote learning for ourselves and our students through the lens of contemplative practice. As psychologist and author Tobin Hart states, “Inviting the contemplative simply includes the natural human capacity for knowing through silence, looking inward, pondering deeply, beholding, witnessing the contents of our consciousness…. These approaches cultivate an inner technology of knowing….”  When we incorporate contemplative practices into our teaching we can encourage deep learning and focused attention within our students. This winter’s virtual teaching innovation conference will offer participants time to engage in contemplative practice together, in small groups, and with various contemplative practitioners. Attendees will leave with practical ideas they can implement with their own students remotely. This conference is sponsored by the Certificate of Innovation in College Teaching, and is geared towards graduate students, adjuncts, and early career faculty at Portland State University. Our events seek to be inclusive, and all are welcome. If you have accessibility requests, please reach out to oai@pdx.edu prior to the event and we will do our best to accommodate them. Register Now   CONFERENCE SCHEDULE Introduction to Contemplative Practice - 1PM -2PMCo-facilitated by Neera Malhotra and Jaime Wood Dr. Malhotra is a Senior Instructor within the University Studies program. Her current scholarship includes implications of Interpersonal Neurobiology, Trauma-Sensitive Teaching, and Contemplative practices in higher education. Outside PSU she teaches meditation and works with an inclusive youth group on co-creating compassionate social justice practices.  Workshops - 2PM-3:30PM Polyvagal Theory & Student Learning WorkshopAmy Ruff, LCSW, Mental Health Promotion Specialist Participants will gain an understanding of the polyvagal theory and its implications on student learning. Participants will also learn about contemplative practices that apply the polyvagal theory in the classroom in order to maximize student engagement and success.Benefits of Breath WorkshopCorina McEntire, Director of Implementation, Mindful Pre-K Learn how taking a focusing breath can improve classroom focus and calm. This tool is helpful for both students and teachers alike and can be used for online and in-person teaching.   CONFERENCE FACILITATORS Neera Malhotra, Senior Instructor, University Studies, Portland State University Dr. Malhotra is a Senior Instructor within the University Studies program. Her current scholarship includes implications of Interpersonal Neurobiology, Trauma-Sensitive Teaching, and Contemplative practices in higher education. Outside PSU she teaches meditation and works with an inclusive youth group on co-creating compassionate social justice practices.  Amy Ruff, LCSW, Mental Health Promotion Specialist Amy Ruff is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been practicing trauma-informed social work in community-based settings for the past 9 years. She believes that contemplative practices in the classroom have a direct impact on the mental health and well-being of students.   Corina McEntire, Director of Implementation, Mindful Pre-K Corina currently serves as the Director of Implementation for the Mindful-PreK study in the Psychology Department. This study is looking at mindfulness practices in preschool classrooms serving both teachers and students.   Remote Office of Academic Innovation Office of Academic Innovation America/Los_Angeles public

Managing Your Academic Writing Citations with Zotero

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Add to my Calendar 2021-01-25 13:00:00 2021-01-25 15:00:00 Managing Your Academic Writing Citations with Zotero Register Maximize the use of your academic writing references with a comprehensive system like Zotero to easily and efficiently manage your citations. By having more literature at your fingertips through the use of a CMS, your scholarly resources are more accessible, you will save time, and present a persuasive and comprehensive argument for your work. This workshop is also for those who want to polish their current skills in using any citation management system. About the Facilitator Danelle Stevens, OAI Faculty in Residence Dannelle D. Stevens, Ph.D., has co-authored four books and numerous articles, framed around different ways to assist faculty in their complex roles as writers, scholars and teachers. She has crystallized her many years of experience into assisting graduate students, faculty and other professionals in creating a productive and satisfying professional life. Danelle consults both nationally and internationally on strategies that improve faculty writing and publishing, and promote positive classroom assessment practices as well as infuse their work with creative insights. Her fourth book, Write More, Publish More, Stress Less!, was released January 2019. Remote Office of Academic Innovation Office of Academic Innovation America/Los_Angeles public