Dutton Food for Thought (previously Dutton Brown Bags)

All sessions are held 301 Steidle unless otherwise noted. 


The Brown Bag Series has been revamped!  Join learning designers from the Dutton Institute as we kick off a new monthly series, "Food for Thought," devoted to sharing ideas for effective teaching for all faculty in EMS. Whether teaching "on ground" or online, participants should walk out of the session with ideas that they can implement in their teaching immediately!

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April 27, 2017 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm in 301 Steidle

Can't make it in person? Join us virtually at https://psu.zoom.us/j/983674491

Questions? Contact event organizers, Emily Baxter (ebaxter@psu.edu) and Jane Sutterlin (jes17@psu.edu)


The April 27, 2017 session will be devoted to 'hidden gems' in Canvas. Faculty and designers will share what they have discovered works well for them in Canvas.

Please join us for us for this discussion and feel free to share gems you have discovered!



Canvas - Get your Course up and running in no time!  (March 23, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm)

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The March 23 session was be devoted to quick and easy ways to get your course up and running in Canvas in no time!

The recording of the session (44:46) will highlight a suggested template to easily get you started in Canvas, look at assignment creation and grading, and discuss best practices in communicating with students using Canvas. If you have any questions regarding this session or would like a Canvas Consultation, please contact Emily Baxter (ekb120@psu.edu) or Jane Sutterlin (jes17@psu.edu).

Using Copyrighted Content in Your Course and Scholarship! (November 19, 2015 - 12-1:30pm)

We will be hosting Brandy Karl, Penn State's new copyright officer. Brandy serves as the expert in copyright, fair use, Teach Act and other related issues for the University Libraries. Prior to Penn State, Brandy served as a fellow at Stanford Law School's center for Internet and Society and Fair Use Project. She has also been an attorney extern at the Federal Communications Commission’s Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis. Karl has her master of laws from Georgetown University Law Center and her juris doctor from Boston University School of Law.

Writing Effective Rubrics (October 27, 2015)

Rubrics are used to help students self-assess their own work, for peer review of student work, and also for both formative and summative assessment. This session will cover the different types of rubrics and walk through some best practices for creating your own. Participants will leave with some sample rubrics to adapt for use in their own courses, including a demonstration of the rubric feature of Canvas.

Writing Effective Rubrics Recording

Resources mentioned in the recording

Understanding SRTEs (September 2015)

This workshop provides an opportunity for you to ask questions about the SRTEs, and to try out methods for using your SRTEs to inform your teaching. You will also get ideas on how to present your SRTEs to those in charge of evaluating your performance as a teacher. 

SRTE Recording Link

Why All This Talk About Accessibility? (May 2015)

Michelle McManus, Accessibility Consultant with ITS, will help us answer that question as she demonstrates what she "Sees" when she looks at a web page. Michelle was born blind and relies solely on screen readers to view all online content. This screen reader demonstration and question and answer session will enlighten and motivate you to continue your pursuit of accessible webpages and online course content, particularly for the many Penn State students who use assertive technology such as screen readers. This session will be helpful for all faculty that deliver content online through Drupal, ANGEL, or any other platform.

Why All This Talk About Accessibility Recording Link

Creating Effective Assessments (February 2015)

If you’ve ever authored a course, you know that writing assessment questions can be extremely difficult. Crystal Ramsay, an assessment expert from the Penn State Schreyer Institute, will be on-site to conduct a hands-on training session on how to write effective assessments and talk about overall best practices in assessing student learning. If multiple choice questions comprise any part of your assessment strategy, please bring with you at least one such assessment to refer to during the session.

Effective Assessments Recording Link

Accessibility and World Campus (January 2014)

Anita Colyer Graham and Terry Watson from the World Campus will present on the following:
  • The process for students
  • Typical accommodations
  • Why specific accommodations are needed (for example, why more time on exams?)
  • Typical assistive technologies students are using
  • How many students are covered under ADA for World Campus, and the kinds of disabilities we are seeing
  • How to make a referral

Accessibility and World Campus Recording Link