Are you ready to teach your course in Canvas this Fall?

Create your course shells and make sure that your students have access to what they need in Canvas by working through the Start of Semester Checklist web guide.
Would you like to continue to work on your course after the semester starts? CELT is holding workshops throughout the semester to help you build or grow your course. Read workshop descriptions on the CELT Upcoming Events website and register via the Learn@ISU website
Finally, for questions or troubleshooting, use the ?Help option in the global navigation (far left of your screen) in Canvas.

Achieving Teaching Success: How CELT Can Support You

What three words would you use to describe CELTWordItOut Cloud
In June 2018, the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) invited stakeholders to complete a short survey about the importance of and satisfaction with CELT programs, resources, and services.
To begin analysis we used the WordItOut web-based tool to create a word cloud based upon responses to the question, “What three words would you use to describe CELT?.” The tool created an image that gives visual prominence to words that appear more frequently in a text. The word cloud used responses that were gathered three or more times with the larger words receiving over 20 responses included: Helpful, Resource, Supportive, and Innovative.
Comprehensive workshops and seminars covering everything from course design to fostering inclusion within the classroom to improving your online courses.
  • Award winning series – learn the secrets from award winning teachers at ISU!
  • Seminars, workshops, and series on engagement, disruption, documenting your teaching and more on our Upcoming Programs website.
  • Inclusive classroom programming that help you identify ways to foster inclusion in your classes, explore the workshop and conversations on the inclusive classroom programs website
  • Quality Matters training to improve your online courses, learn more from the Quality Matters at Iowa State webpage and join the brand new QM Learning Community!
CELT is responsive to the needs of the community. This semester, revised and new services include
Our programming and services are a click away. Be sure to sign up now for one (or more) of the exciting opportunities to engage, learn, grow, and share your teaching and learning success.
Best wishes for the start of fall semester 2018,
Sara Marcketti, Director
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Full Teaching Tip

View the published CELT Teaching Tip: Achieving Teaching Success: How CELT Can Support You (August 10, 2018 – Constant Contact) website.

Prefer a Print version?

To view the Teaching Tip as a printable document with web addresses, download the CELT Teaching Tip August 10 (PDF)

Building & Managing Your Course in Canvas Workshop Series

CELT will offer two Canvas workshop series in alternating weeks through fall semester, and participants can mix and match to best meet their needs. Each two-hour workshop includes mini-demonstrations and opportunities to work on course(s). Participants should bring their laptops and instructional materials (files, images, media, links etc.). Course descriptions are online; register via Learn@ISU.

Build Your Canvas Course Series:

  • Course Design Basics, July 31 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.), Sept. 4 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.), or Sept. 17 (3-5 p.m.)
  • Assignments and Quizzes, Aug. 1 (1-3 p.m.), Sept. 5 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.), or Sept. 19 (9-11 a.m.)
  • Grading and Student Data in Canvas, Aug. 2 (1-3 p.m.), Sept. 7 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.), or Sept. 20 (1-3 p.m.)

Manage Your Canvas Course Series:

  • Group Work and Collaboration, Aug. 6 (1-3 p.m.), Sept. 11 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.), or Sept. 25 (3-5 p.m.)
  • Rubrics and Outcomes, Aug. 8 (1-3 p.m.), Sept. 12 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.), or Sept. 26 (2-4 p.m.)
  • Personalized Learning and Mastery Paths, Aug. 9 (1-3 p.m.), Sept. 13 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.), and Sept. 27 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.)

Invitation to the 2018-19 CELT Teaching Partners program

Are you interested in meaningful conversations about teaching and student learning with other teaching faculty? Are you interested in meeting colleagues from other disciplines to discuss relevant issues related to teaching and learning? The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching’s 2018-19 Teaching Partners program matches two or three second- or third-year tenure-track faculty or term faculty with a senior faculty member (a successful, experienced teacher) from another discipline. More information about the program, including the application on CELT’s Teaching Partners website. Apply by July 25.

Call for submissions: Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository (TOPR)

The editorial board of the Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository (TOPR) is pleased to announce a call for submissions for new TOPR entries from now until September 15, 2018. Authors will receive feedback on their submissions by October 31, 2018. Selected entries will be announced in December 2018.


Please consider submitting an entry using the online Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository Strategy Entry form.


As you may know, this scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) resource is a go-to destination for faculty/designers in search of ideas for online and blended courses. Each entry is highly focused on one teaching practice with a solid description, concrete example(s), relevant professional practice or research literature, and key words connecting to other practices.


Would you also consider promoting to your colleagues this call for submissions? For your convenience, a social media friendly message suitable for customization is provided below:

Call for Submissions: Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository. Share your online teaching practices with the world! View the Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository (TOPR) website.


If you have any questions or access difficulties, please feel free to email



TOPR Managing Editors

Baiyun Chen

Aimee deNoyelles

University of Central Florida’s Division of Digital Learning website


Check out the ISU Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool (UDOIT) Guide

You may have seen UDOIT as one of the applications that you can add to your Canvas course. This tool can scan your Canvas course and point out accessibility issues that may be in your course. If you’re unfamiliar with UDOIT, or if you would like more information about how it works, please feel free to check out the “UDOIT Guide” in Canvas (linked here).

Of course, UDOIT is simply a tool, and it is not meant to solve all of your accessibility issues. For the best practices in work with accessibility in your online courses, please first focus on Universal Design for Learning (information page linked here).

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Darrin Jones Program Coordinator, Quality Matters & Accessibility via email at

Web accessibility and the need to work towards compliance

Here’s an excellent article on Web Accessibility and the need to work toward compliance: “Why Law Firms Should Make Web Accessibility a Priority in 2018” (linked here). It addresses various lawsuits, connections to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and some quick ways to get started with Web Accessibility. Of course, we also have some great resources here at Iowa State found on the following websites:

Marcketti will lead teaching center (Inside Iowa State)

Sara MarckettiSara Marcketti has been named director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT).

Marcketti, professor of apparel, events and hospitality management (AESHM), has served as CELT associate director since 2013 and interim director since July 2017. Her five-year appointment will extend through June 2023.

“Sara has demonstrated outstanding leadership during her year as interim director, leading CELT through a successful external review, and overseeing the university’s transition from Blackboard to Canvas,” said Dawn Bratsch-Prince, associate provost for faculty. “She is also an accomplished educator in her own right, with a strong focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning, and is a passionate advocate for student success.”

Marcketti is active on numerous campus initiatives through her faculty and CELT roles. She leads workshops on documenting teaching effectiveness, turning scholarly teaching into the scholarship of teaching and learning, and student engagement and active learning strategies.

“It has been my honor and pleasure to lead the CELT staff this year,” Marcketti said. “We have much to celebrate and I look forward to working with the CELT staff to ensure our workshops, programs and resources continue to provide the support instructors need along their teaching trajectory.”

A native of New York, Marcketti joined the AESHM faculty in 2005. She holds a bachelor’s degree in art history and a master’s degree in textiles, merchandising and interiors from the University of Georgia, Athens. She earned a Ph.D. in textiles and clothing from Iowa State. Marcketti was named a fellow of the Costume Society of America earlier this year, the highest recognition awarded to faculty in her discipline.

Re-posted from Inside Iowa State (2018, June 7)