Teaching and Learning with Technology’s Engaging Students Series (ESS) focuses on course revisions to synchronous and asynchronous online learning environments intended to help keep students focused and participating. ESS was launched to support Penn State instructors as they prepared to teach their summer 2020 courses online and to provide them with best practices for online instruction.

The first four weeks of ESS offerings attracted over 300 attendees who took in presentations and participated in work sessions hosted by faculty, instructional designers, and other university experts. Those sessions provided critical guidelines for creating meaningful experiences for all aspects of virtual courses. 

Due to ESS’s initial popularity and the continuing need for the delivery of engaging online content, the series is being extended through the summer. These sessions will continue to introduce synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning considerations, promote the alignment of technology tools with learning outcomes, and allow for revisions with support from consultants and colleagues. Bring your syllabus, exams, assignment sheets, and lesson plans for these sessions. 

Additionally, the free and open access ESS Pressbook is available online. It is the home for resources and content from past ESS sessions.

Upcoming ESS presentations:

Looking Through the Faculty Lens
How do you engage students in the classroom when some students are physically present and some are online? In this panel discussion, Shared Programs and Blend LT faculty will share how they created a successful classroom environment conducive to active learning, student engagement and collaboration, and peer support.
Thurs., July 16 from 10:00 a.m.-noon

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Engaging Students Synchronously
This session covers best practices when engaging students in synchronous online settings. Topics include how to help students engage with the content, you, and their fellow students, as well as how to best adapt in-class activities to the synchronous online environment. This content applies to both blended and online courses. 
Wed., July 29 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Thurs., July 30 from 10:00 a.m.-noon

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Who Are You Not Reaching? Designing Your Course to Gain Maximum Engagement from All Students
Reaching students can be a significant challenge for any course. Research suggests that we gain a broader response when attending to principles of inclusive teaching and best practices in inclusive course design. In this interactive session, attendees will review a series of best practices for inclusive teaching and course design which are designed to be implemented in a variety of courses.
Mon., Aug. 3 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

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Engaging Students Asynchronously
Are you interested in improving student engagement with your asynchronous online content? This session covers best practices when engaging students in asynchronous online settings. Topics include how to help students engage with the content, you, and their fellow students, as well as how to structure asynchronous discussions, group work, lecture content, and more to benefit student learning in the asynchronous online environment.
Wed., Aug. 5 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Thurs., Aug. 6 from 10:00 a.m.-noon

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Creating Community Online
How can you replicate the engagement level of in-person courses in an online space? This session covers how to take your online students and turn them into a community of engaged learners.
Mon., Aug. 10 from 10:00 a.m.-noon

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Engaging Students through Assessment
Are you looking for ways to revise and improve your online assessments? This session covers using online assessments (both formative and summative) to engage students. Topics include making changes to assessments to take advantage of the online environment, making sure online assessments are equitable, and helping manage student stress levels during these unprecedented times. This session is a collaboration with the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence. Our guest facilitator is Mary Ann Tobin, an Assistant Research Professor and SITE Consultant.
Wed., Aug. 12 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Thurs., Aug. 13 from 10:00 a.m.-noon

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