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PIE Coffee Hour & Teaching Workshop Series

Come join fellow TAs and instructors discuss strategies and techniques that promote excellence in teaching and learning – bring your questions, concerns, and ideas – the pie & coffee will be provided!

These workshops also count towards the PFF and/or PFP Certificates , as well as the Advanced PIE Teaching Training Recognition .

Our PIE Coffee Hour & Teaching Workshops will be held from 3:30-5:00 pm in the Great Hall (4th floor) of the Honors, Scholars & Fellows House on the following dates:

  1. Friday, 9/8/17, RESCHEDULED for Thursday, 9/21!!! Topic: Trigger Warning! Preparing to Teach Sensitive Topics - *Registration closed.
  2. Thursday, 9/21/17, CANCELLED DUE TO HURRICANE IRMA-RESCHEDULE IN SPRING 2018!! Topic: Reflections from a First Time Teacher -
  3. Monday, 10/9/17, Topic: Exploring Your Diversity and Inclusivity Lens: An Interactive Workshop on Teaching - Registration closed​​​​​​​.
  4. Wednesday, 11/1/17, Topic: Planning Ahead -- Designing Classes that Promote Engagement - *Registration closed​​​​​​​.
  5. Thursday, 11/16/17, Topic: Making Grading Manageable with Canvas  - *Click here to register.
  6. Tuesday, 12/5/17, Topic: A Post-Mortem on the Fall Semester  - *Click here to register.

For more detailed workshop descriptions, and materials from all of our PIE workshops, please visit our "PIE Coffee Hour & Workshop Series" page .

Also,  check out our Fall 2017 PIE Workshop Flyer -- print, post, email, and share with others/post in your department! 

We encourage pre-registration (so we can be sure to have enough pie & coffee on hand!).

*Please also note, The Office for Distance Learning (ODL) also offers workshops on teaching techniques & strategies that will assist with online teaching as well as face-to-face teaching.  To view and register for these workshops (which also count for PFF/PFP/PIE credit) visit: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=1323570


Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards

PIE coordinates the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards (OTAA) . These awards recognize graduate student teaching assistants (TAs) for their distinguished contributions to undergraduate student learning through excellence in instruction. Recipients of the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards (OTAA) are recognized at the annual spring Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence event. Nominations for the 2017-2018 year are now open!

Click here for a link to nomination the form: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_02qNxYVjdjoBfQ9

OTAA Nominations for 2017-2018 will close on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

Please click here to see the recipients of the 2016-17 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards.


Spring PIE Teaching Training Workshop/TA Orientation

The annual spring PIE Teaching Training Workshop/TA Orientation is held the Friday of the first week of classes each spring. This workshop includes sessions that provide graduate students with teaching policy training requirements as stated in the University-wide TA Standards along with best practices in grading, communicating with students, and Blackboard and technology usage. This TA training is delivered partly face-to-face and partly online via Blackboard, the centrally supported course management system at FSU. By the end of this training, participants will be able to explain and have procedures in place to address University policy issues related to the Academic Honor Policy, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and Discrimination-Sexual Harassment-Retaliation. Participants will also be equipped with strategies to help navigate use of Blackboard features essential to their role as a TA, communicate effectively with students, and provide productive student feedback.

The face-to-face portion of the Spring 2018 Teaching Policy Training/TA Orientation will be held Friday, January 12, 2018, 1:00-4:30 p.m., in The Great Hall on the 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House. Click here to register or copy the link: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cOr5ISoOp5GMlPD.

Please Note: You need to complete ONLINE training prior to this Workshop/Orientation if you are required to complete the University-wide TA policy trainings in FERPA, FSU Academic Honor Policy, Sexual Harassment and Discrimination, and American with Disabilities Act (ADA). Please consult your academic department for any questions regarding if you are required to complete these trainings through PIE. Email us at: pie-info@fsu.edu to request to be enrolled in these online trainings!!

This abridged workshop is primarily offered to meet the needs of new graduate students who will be teaching in the spring or summer and others who were unable to attend the annual fall PIE teaching conference because of exceptional, circumstances that have been documented by the graduate student's academic department (or the department that is appointing the student as a TA).


PIE is hosting its first SYLLABUS BOOT CAMP!

One of the most important steps you can take to have a successful semester is making time to think through your course objectives, learning outcomes, and course schedule design. Join us for 4 sessions over a two week period where you'll get advice from experts, time to work on your own syllabus, and a chance to swap feedback & ideas from your peers. Come prepared with either a course in development or a syllabus that needs a makeover.

Attendance is free, but space is limited. Before you sign up, please make sure you can attend all sessions.

Schedule --
Week 1: Creating Realistic Course Objectives & Learning Outcomes with Kate Hill, PIE Associate for the department of Biological Science
July 18th and 20th from 10:00am-2:00pm with an hour lunch break from 11:30am-12:30pm

Week 2: Designing a Schedule to Meet Your Course Objectives with Dr. Vanessa Dennen, professor of Instructional Systems & Learning Technologies

July 25th and 27th from 10:00am-2:00pm with an hour lunch break from 11:30am-12:30pm

Syllabus Boot Camp Flyer

*Registration is closed now.


Fall 2017 PIE TA Orientation/Teaching Conference

The annual fall PIE TA Orientation/Teaching Conference is held the Wednesday and Thursday the week prior to the first week of classes each fall. This conference includes sessions that provide graduate students with teaching policy training requirements as stated in the University-wide TA Standards  along with best practices in grading, communicating with students, encouraging critical thinking in the classroom, and Blackboard and technology usage. By the end of this training, participants will be able to explain and have procedures in place to address University policy issues related to the Academic Honor Policy, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Discrimination-Sexual Harassment-Retaliation. Participants will also be equipped with strategies to help navigate use of Blackboard features essential to their role as a TA, communicate effectively with students, and provide productive student feedback.

Who should attend?

  • New graduate student TAs (and new graduate students who do not yet hold a TA assignment, but will likely do so in the future)
  • Returning graduate student TAs who wish to improve their teaching
  • Any graduate student interested in teaching, or who will hold a TA position in the future
  • Post Docs
  • Faculty and staff are also welcome

Where: New Classroom Building (HCB 101)

When: Wednesday and Thursday, August 23 & 24, 2017

            -Wednesday 8/23/17, 9am-4pm

            -Thursday 8/24/17, 9am-3pm

To register to attend the Fall 2017 PIE Teaching Conference/TA Orientation, click here: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3m8pmfGZUHL2klL

The Fall 2017 agenda is available here.

PIE Teaching Training Recognition

If you want to earn our PIE Teaching Training Recognition, please visit the following webpage on our PIE website for detailed instructions:http://pie.fsu.edu/pie-recognitions. Please note:The FSU University-wide TA Standards do not require that you submit the report to earn this recognition to be appointed as a TA, however some specific academic departments do---so you should check with your academic department if you are not sure if they require this. Nonetheless, if you did attend ALL (both complete days) of the Fall PIE Conference, submitting the report to obtain the PIE Teaching Training Recognition is something you can do for your own professional development, and is a great addition to your CV/resume!


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