SPIN 2024: Teaching (in) GenZ

Our Changing Information Ecosystem

May 14, 2024 | Heritage Commons (Location may change) | 8:30AM – 5PM

The inaugural Spring Pedagogy Institute, offered in collaboration with the faculty of Lamson Library, will interrogate some of the ways we think about learners and learning today, and ask critical questions about what has changed—and what remains the same—in an era where the internet, generative AI, and educational technologies are shaping the landscape in which we teach. With attention to conceptual inquiry and concrete practice, we will develop strategies and designs for courses that help our students learn, reflect, and thrive in a rapidly streaming information ecosystem.

Starting in May 2024, the CoLab will roll out the Spring Pedagogy Institute (SPIN). This one-day event will allow faculty to focus on course design and pedagogy with time to incorporate ideas and innovations they learn about in planning for courses the following year.

Guest Speaker: Dave Cormier

Our guest speaker, Dave Cormier, will kick off the event with a brief provocation about how learners today are adapting to the changing landscape of information and technology.

Dave is interested in how technologies change what it means to learn and to have learned. He values care and the emotional perspective of students over whatever content they might acquire. He currently works at the University of Windsor and can be found online at davecormier.com. He is the author of Learning in a Time of Abundance: the Community Is the Curriculum published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Thanks to funding from the PSU Provost’s Office, the first 20 registrants will receive a copy of Dave’s new book.

Dave Cormier


8:30AM – 9:00AM

Breakfast & Registration

Heritage Commons

9:00AM – 11:30PM

Teaching (In) Gen Z

Facilitators: CoLab, Lamson Library

Guest Speaker: Dave Cormier, University of Windsor

Heritage Commons

11:30PM – 12:40PM


Lamson Learning Commons

12:40PM – 1:25PM

Teacher to Teacher: Session One

Engagement & Play  | Lamson 114

  • Quick & Easy Active Engagement Strategies for Any Class, Aimee Pascale
  • The Power of Play: Using role-playing simulations in active learning classrooms, Jason Charrette 

STEM & AI | Lamson 124

  •  Re-engaging Students in the Intro STEM Classes, Brad Moser 
  • How do we know what we know? Evaluating AI and Other Sources of Information, Alison Mitchell 

1:25PM – 1:40PM


Lamson Learning Commons

1:40PM – 2:25PM

Teacher to Teacher: Session Two

Mental Health & Neurodivergent Design | Lamson 114

  • Checking In: A mental health positive tool for student engagement, Jessie Chapman
  • Neurodivergent Design, Nic Helms

Assessment & Assignment Design | Lamson 124

  • Evidence-based Reasons Why NOT to Administer Time-Limited TestsSuzanne Gaulocher
  • Programming Assignments without Google, Nat Tuck 

2:25 PM – 3:00 PM

Break & Refreshments

Lamson Learning Commons

3:00PM – 5:00PM

Bonus Track: Focus on HoME

Join the faculty of HoME in a series of sessions designed to help us take the HoME program to the next level. 

Make sure you indicate your interest in this session when you register!

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM


Those who would like are invited to join us for light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. 

Lamson Learning Commons

Register to Attend

Let us know you’re able to attend SPIN, Focus on HoME, or both on May 14th. Thanks to funding from the PSU Provost’s office, the first 20 registrants will receive a copy of Dave Cormier’s new book, Learning in a Time of Abundance when they check in at the event. 

Deadline: May 7

Registration is now closed.

Submit a Proposal

We want to hear about your teaching successes and challenges! Share a 15-20 minute presentation about a new approach to assessment, a transformed assignment, your experience with technology in the classroom, or something else! 

Deadline: March 29

Thank you to all who submitted a proposal!