Enhancing Your Teaching Skills

Teaching Skills Modules

This program is designed to enhance the teaching skills of the faculty of the Penn State College of Medicine, to promote excellence in teaching and assessment, and to stimulate learning.

Objectives: Through participation in these sessions, faculty members will be able to:

  1. practice teaching strategies applicable in different contexts
  2. incorporate feedback from direct observations to enhance teaching skills
  3. demonstrate teaching strategies that effectively promote learning
  4. employ appropriate tools to assess learner performance

Format: The program will consist of four modules covering the most common teaching formats in which faculty typically engage. Each module will cover teaching strategies and methodologies, assessment strategies, and a microteaching (skills practice) session with feedback. Participants will also receive peer observation and feedback during an actual teaching episode within 6 months after the module.
See the tabs below for details about each module.

Modules will be offered individually; faculty must register and commit to the entire module (4 sessions). Each session will be 2 hours and will occur on Fridays at 1:00–3:00 pm. Classes will be limited to 16 faculty per module. Participants will receive a certificate of participation on completion of the module.

The first module (Large Group Teaching) will be offered in fall 2009, two modules in spring 2010, and one in summer 2010. To register for the modules and for more information, please contact the Office of Faculty and Professional Development.