Smeal Academy Newsletter: The Finish Line Is in Sight!

By April 24, 2024May 1st, 2024Smeal Academy Newsletter

Smeal Academy Newsletter: ‘The Finish Line Is in Sight’ Edition

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It’s the Last Week of Classes!

We are almost there! Here are a couple of practical recommendations to consider before students head home after the term:

  • Get Student Permission. Did any student submissions stand out as exemplars? Future students can benefit from having concrete examples of what you are looking for in student work (Scoles, Husman, & McArthur, 2013). Ask for permission now while students are still around, and their work is fresh in your mind.
  • Ask Students for Advice for Next Semester’s Students. Use Canvas or Microsoft Forms to create a simple anonymous survey for students to submit their best advice for students who follow. It could even be set up to award a precious few extra credit points to those who need them!

Need a break from grading? Check out this week’s new podcast, Meet the eLDIG Team – Eileen Grodziak, Instructional Designer, by clicking below! Smeal Academy Podcasts will be released weekly and housed on our eLDIG website, or follow the Smeal Academy Podcast on your preferred podcatcher!


Scoles, J., Huxham, M., & Mcarthur, J. (2013). No longer exempt from good practice: Using exemplars to close the feedback gap for exams. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 38(6). 631-645

Upcoming Smeal Academy Sessions

  • Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence in Business Education and Research Reading and Discussion Group – John Liechty, Facilitator
    Join us for the fourth session of a Smeal series on the role of artificial intelligence in our teaching and research, which will focus on our shared commitment to preparing leaders to leverage artificial intelligence responsibly in business. John will share some trends in fields related to marketing and how they impact his approach to teaching at Smeal. Join us on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. EST via Zoom.
  • Smeal Academy Summer Book Club – Session 1
    This summer, we will read The Spark of Learning by Sarah Rose Cavanagh. We will meet three times over the summer to discuss the book. Join us for our first discussion on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EST via Zoom.

NOTE: Recordings and resources from previous Smeal Academy sessions can be found on our eLDIG Website.


  • Tip #1: Add this book to your summer book list. Several members of our team are currently reading Co-Intelligence: Living and Working with AI, by Ethan Mollick, an associate professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he studies and teaches innovation and entrepreneurship. The book was highly recommended as an AI resource by Joseph Yun, who recently presented at Penn State on preparing the University for a future with AI.
  • Tip #2: Have students write a letter to their future selves. This is a terrific opportunity for students to personally reflect. This online tool allows your students (or you!) to send an email message to yourself in the future. What a fantastic way to support the development of our future selves!

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