You’re Invited: The Research-Based Flipped Classroom: Team-Based Learning (June 22-24, 1-4 p.m.)

The Research-Based Flipped Classroom: Team-Based Learning

This 3-part workshop series will take place Wednesday, June 22 – Friday, June 24 from 1:10 – 4:00 p.m., 198 Parks Library

Team-Based Learning (TBL) is an increasingly popular form of flipped-classroom small-group learning that can be implemented effectively in small or large classes. TBL provides students with a more intimate, small class feel even in large theater-style classrooms with fixed seats. TBL teachers report high levels of student attendance, preparation, participation and critical thinking. TBL enhances long-term retention and learning by making use of individual and team preparation and assessment processes, significant in-class problem-based team learning activities, and peer teaching/coaching. TBL students share that they are enjoying the experience and are more motivated to be actively engaged with the course content. In addition, collaboration in teams provides students with valuable experience that is reflective of problem-solving in real-life workplace environments. By participating in this inaugural 3-day workshop series faculty will:

  • Become familiar with TBL, and the four components of TBL (permanent teams, readiness assurance, application activities, and anonymous peer evaluation).
  • Explore strategies on how to implement the TBL approach into your course.
  • Discover the services, resources and development opportunities coordinated by CELT including an active and vibrant group of faculty and graduate  students involved in TBL.

Register is closed for the summer series.

Facilitator: Holly Bender, CELT Associate Director.

Learn more about Team-Based Learning by visiting CELT’s Team-Based Learning website.

Additional Summer Faculty Development Opportunities:

Flipped Classroom Workshop Series (Summer 2016)

Meets on the following Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., 2030 Morrill Hall

This 4-part workshop series offers an opportunity to learn more about the flipped classroom and how to incorporate this approach into a course. Learn more about Flipped Classrooms by visiting the CELT Blended Learning and the Flipped Classroom website. Register by visiting Learn@ISU website.

Fall 2016 TBL Workshop Series (Teaching & Learning Circle)

If you are unable to attend the Summer Series – we will be offering the TBL series for five consecutive weeks on Wednesdays for Fall 2016: September 28, October 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 1:10 – 2:30 p.m. Register by visiting Learn@ISU website.

Register by visiting Learn@ISU website.

CELT is offering a Flipped Classroom Workshop Series this June!

Flipped Classroom Workshop Series
Meets on the following Tuesdays:
June 7, 14, 21, and 28
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., 2030 Morrill Hall

This 4-part workshop series offers an opportunity to learn more about the flipped classroom and how to incorporate this approach into a course. A flipped classroom is an instructional strategy that reverses the traditional educational arrangement by delivering instructional content, often online, outside of the classroom. This approach moves activities, including traditional homework, into the face-to-face classroom. The goal of this summer workshop series is to help instructors and potential instructors start developing their course to a flipped classroom approach. Coordinating Faculty: Jacqulyn Baughman, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Senior Lecturer, College of Engineering. Learn more about Flipped Classrooms by visiting the CELT Blended Learning and the Flipped Classroom website.

*Registration is required for this event prior June 7. When registering for this program – you will register for all four events. *

*Register for CELT events online through the Learn@ISU website*

Part 1: Jun. 7 (Tue.): What is a Flipped Classroom?

In this session, we will introduce what is flipped classroom. And share the current status of flipped classroom implementation in higher education and Iowa State University. A faculty panel with members from different disciplines will share their lesson learned with participants. This interactive discussion will help examine how flipped classroom may guide our students’ learning processes and enhance your instruction. Panelists: Amber Bellville (Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems) and Laura Ellingson (Department of Kinesiology)

Part 2: Jun. 14 (Tue.): How to integrate flipped classroom?

This session will introduce strategies for implementing flipped classroom approach and methods to enhance student engagement. Faculty panel speakers will share detailed implementation examples that include content preparation for both face-to-face and online environments, assessments/evaluations development that aligned with course learning objectives/outcomes. Presenters: Jacqulyn Baughman (Department of Mechanical Engineering) and Ganesh Balasubramanian (Department of Mechanical Engineering)

Part 3: Jun. 21 (Tue.): Flipped classroom design (Hands-on Activity)

For this session, participants will come prepared with an idea in mind of how they will flip an activity in their course. A summarized overview will be presented to review the challenges and opportunities discussed from session 2. After this discussion, the session will take on a workshop format. Participants will be given time to work on and discuss their own ideas. The facilitators of the session will work with individuals and groups as they think about applying these ideas to their own courses.

Part 4: Jun. 28 (Tue.): What is next step for flipped classroom?

This session will discuss resources and services available at Iowa State to support instructors if they’re interested in flipping their courses. CELT staff will also introduce programming opportunities provided at CELT that can help the instructor to continue to develop their understanding of flipped classroom. In addition, participants will discuss the future of the flipped classroom learning community and develop strategies to expand the current community and encourage active participation. Presenters: CELT staffs, Jacob Larsen (ITS) and Jeanna Nation (Department of Human Development and Family Studies)

Additional Summer Opportunities:  

The Research-Based Flipped Classroom: Team-Based Learning Workshop Series

This 3-part workshop series will take place from 1:10 – 4:00 p.m. on the following days:

  • Wednesday, June 22
  • Thursday, June 23
  • Friday, June 24

Register by visiting the Learn@ISU website


Invitation to Participate or Present at the Summer Institute for College Faculty at DMACC on July 11

Monday, July 11, 2016 at DMACC, Ankeny, Iowa, FFA building

Mission: The goal of the Summer Institute at DMACC is to foster instructional excellence among college faculty and develop instructional expertise that will help advance student learning.

Theme: Complementary Instruction: Focusing on inclusion and collaboration within disciplines.

Agenda: The format of the day will include two nationally known presenters as keynote speakers and four breakout sessions (1 keynote and 2 breakout sessions in morning and in afternoon).

Keynote Speakers:

Leonard Gaddes

Leonard Gaddes, Creator of the Learn Well Projects, South Carolina. Title “Complementary Instruction: Creating Conditions for Developing Student Learning and Life Skills”
Sarah Wessling
Sarah Wessling-Brown, Johnston High School, 2010 National Teacher of the Year

If you are interested in presenting or participating please contact us by email before May 6:

Anna Conway, Ed.D.
Director of Teaching and Learning
Professor of Speech
Des Moines Area Community College
(515) 697 7781

Visit Summer Institute for College Faculty website.

Summer 2016 Offering for Team-Based Learning


CELT Associate Director Holly Bender has been offering her incredibly popular 5-week teaching circle focused on team-based learning each semester for a number of years now. Inevitably there are a handful of  faculty who are unable to participate because of conflicts with their teaching schedule. Holly is considering offering the teaching circle this summer if there is enough interest. If you are interested in participating respond by visiting Summer Offering for Team-Based Learning Survey website. All teachers, including faculty, graduate students, postdocs, advisors, and staff are welcome to join in.

Visit CELT’s Team-Based Learning website.


Register today: Disabling Difference In the STEM Classroom: The Disability & Universal Course Design You Need To Know for Inclusion (Summer 2016)

CIRTL LogoAs our classrooms become more diverse, and as we witness an increase in the number of students with disabilities (the National Council on Disability estimates that 11% of undergraduates in the US have a disability – that is 2, 000, 000 students) , so we need to formulate responses that respond to this reality.

In this series, our aim is to guide future faculty in developing inclusive courses and classrooms using the guiding principles of Universal Design. This will involve an in depth look at engaging learners of all abilities, representing information in multiple ways, and creating opportunities that allow students to express what they have learned in ways that are meaningful to both them and us. Ultimately, we would like participants who complete the course to learn how to teach inclusively as a habit, rather than by design.


Visit Disabling Difference In the STEM Classroom: The Disability & Universal Course Design You Need To Know for Inclusion website


Indrani Singh, Education Development Specialist in STEM, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, University of Rochester; Jennifer Hadingham, Assistant Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, University of Rochester; and Amy Clark, Access Coordinator, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, University of Rochester

Course dates

Wednesday, June 15 through Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Online meeting times

Wednesdays at 2:15-3:30PM ET/1:15-2:30PM CT/12:15-1:30PM MT/11:15AM-12:30PM PT

Registration period

Monday, April 11 through Monday, May 9. Students will be notified of their enrollment status on Tuesday, May 10. When registration opens, we will update this page to include a link to our registration form.

Open to

Advanced graduate students, postdocs, academic staff, and faculty

Anticipated workload

1.25 hours per week in class, plus another 2-3 hours per week doing assignments and readings.


In addition to the online sessions that all students are required to attend on Wednesdays, instructors will post weekly assignments and readings on Moodle. Students will be expected to write several short reflections and create a revised teaching toll (eg. syllabus, activity, assessment) to incorporate the material they learn.

Required technologies

Blackboard CollaborateMoodle, and Google Docs. Please review our Course Logistics Page and Course Preparation Checklist for instructions on how to access Blackboard Collaborate. Students will receive a Moodle account once they are enrolled in this course.


We strive to be inclusive of anyone interested in participating in our activities, programs, and courses. If you have specific accessibility needs, please contact Kate Diamond (kdiamond3 AT in advance so that we may make the necessary accommodations.


This event is promoted by the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT). Iowa State University is a member of The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Network. CIRTL is an NSF Center for Learning and Teaching in higher education. Visit the CIRTL website to learn more.

Iowa State’s course in personal and family finance passes quality certification

jeannanationphotoIowa State’s course in personal and family finance passes quality certification: The course, HDFS 283, taught by lecturer Jeanna Nation, recently passed its three-person external course review and can now be referenced as a Certified Quality Matters course. Nation is working through the final paperwork to receive the actual certification, but that should be completed in the next week or so. The course scored 97/99 and an 84/99 was required to pass. Contact Jeanna Nation in human development and family studies or call 515-294-8644.

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More information

For more information about participating in Quality Matters programming, contact CELT assistant director Allan Schmidt, 294-5357.

Visit Quality Matters Tracks for Faculty Development at Iowa State website.

Seminar: The Flipped Classroom and the New Student Learning Path: how improvements in technology have changed the economics classroom

Dr. José J. Vázquez-Cognet is one of the authors of material in the FlipIt Econ product available through MacMillan that we saw demonstrated earlier in the semester, and uses the product to teach a 900 student section of principles of Economics. He will make a formal presentation on Monday, April 18 from 3:40-5:00 pm in 368A Heady Hall. He will be here most or all of the day, and there should be opportunities for individual meetings with him as well. Questions? Email Joshua Rosenbloom, Ph.D., Professor and Chair or call (515) 294-1257

About the Presenter

José J. Vázquez-Cognet is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Economics, and the Coordinator of e-Learning for the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). During his tenure at Illinois he has received several teaching awards, including twice The Outstanding Teacher of Freshmen Award , a campus-wide award given every year by the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. He also has been included in the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent for four consecutive years. Before returning to Illinois, he was the Associate Director of the Teaching and Learning and Center at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Dr. Vazquez-Cognet specializes in developing technologies that can be used in large enrollment courses, particularly classroom simulation games and web-based assessments/activities. He has published this work in several academic journals including the International Journal of Economic Education, and has presented at numerous academic conferences. In addition to his teaching experience at UIUC, he has also taught at The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio and at Hamilton College, in Utica New York.


Register Today for the Web Accessibility MOOC for Educators (Apr. 18-May 8)

With campuses now under fire for their course content not complying with 504, 508 and WACG2.0 guidelines, it is timely to visit the topic of accessibility in the educational setting. This MOOC introduces the importance of accessibility as an essential communication tool to provide equal, barrier-free access to information for educational institutions. Participants will be exposed to the legal guidelines and standards which affect most educational institutions. The MOOC will focus on accessibility principles and techniques, contextualized for educational users but will also be useful for anyone interested in applying accessibility tools to their communication. Topics covered in the MOOC:

  • Principles of accessibility, why it is important, and who is affected in educational institutions.
  • The effect of accessibility barriers on people’s access to information.
  • WACG 2.0 guidelines and resources as the international standard for web accessibility
  • Creating accessible MSOffice and PDF documents.
  • Creating accessible images, diagrams and charts.
  • Creating accessible audio and video resources.
  • Creating accessible HTML pages.


Participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of and use of the correct terminology to define accessibility in an educational setting and understand challenges associated with non-accessible content for persons with disabilities
  • Identify the elements of MSOffice and PDF documents necessary for meeting accessibility compliance
  • Locate the accessibility tool to correct identified errors and issues in a PDF
  • Identify areas to provide alternative text descriptions for images, diagrams and charts, and demonstrate techniques for making images, diagrams and charts accessible.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and use of POUR to develop accessible web pages and apply techniques to correct common web accessibility problems
  • Demonstrate knowledge and process of creating a transcript for an video or audio file and how to insert a transcript or create closed captions to a video for YouTube, or similar video hosting solution.


Visit Web Accessibility MOOC for Educators Canvas Network website to register for this free MOOC

Quality Matters for online courses


The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is offering a new professional development opportunity for instructors interested in improving their online classes and possibly receiving certification through Quality Matters, a nationally recognized certification process of online course design.

What is Quality Matters?

Quality Matters (QM) evaluates online courses using a panel of external reviewers who measure classes against eight standards in QM’s higher education rubric. The standards are:

  • Course overview and introduction
  • Learning goals and objectives
  • Assessment of student learning
  • Instructional materials
  • Course activities and learner interaction
  • Technology
  • Learner support
  • Accessibility and usability

Each of these standards consists of additional substandards. The substandards are assigned values depending on their impact on the overall course design. To achieve certification, the online course must achieve a minimum of 85 percent of QM’s expectations and also receive full credit for all essential, high-impact standards, as noted in the rubric.

How CELT can help

CELT recently launched three new professional development tracks with the goals of not only helping ISU faculty enhance their online courses but also preparing them for the QM certification process. However, faculty who enroll in CELT’s QM courses are not required to seek QM certification.

“CELT is focused on what is most beneficial to ISU’s faculty and instructional designers when it comes to Quality Matters,” said Ann Marie VanDerZanden, director of CELT. “We’ve provided a forum to help our faculty learn ways to improve their online courses while also getting through the QM courses. Whether or not they choose to certify their courses is up to them.”

The three tracks are:

  • Basics of online teaching
  • Beyond the basics of online teaching
  • Universal design for teaching online

Each course within a track takes about two weeks to complete. The QM courses cost between $150 and $300 each. However, CELT will reimburse participants 50 percent of that cost upon successful completion of the course. QM charges $1,000 to certify a course. That cost is paid by the college where the course resides.

Successful certification

So far, Iowa State has one QM-certified online class — Case Studies IV: Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals/Initial Accreditation Training (VMPM 378, EEDA/IAT) in the College of Veterinary Medicine. The course received certification last fall after an 18-month process of internal reviews, tweaks and enhancements. A handful of other classes across campus are in the process of certification.

VMPM 378, EEDA/IAT is used not only at ISU, but components of the course are taken by thousands of students in every veterinary school in the nation. The class, first developed in the early 2000s by Iowa State, the University of Georgia, Athens, and the University of California, Davis, now is managed by an ISU team led Gayle Brown, senior lecturer and veterinary specialist at the Center for Food Security and Public Health in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

“Because we’re responsible for keeping this course current and available to all veterinary colleges, we wanted to know that we were providing high-quality online training,” Brown said. “We wanted this course to be the best.”

She and her team worked with CELT and the Quality Matters organization, conducting internal reviews of the course, making design and content changes based upon those reviews, and taking required online QM courses prior to certification. Brown is pleased with the result.

“The improvements we made to the course as a result of the certification process made the course better for the students, and that’s what QM is really all about — enhancing the student experience,” Brown said.

More information

For more information about participating in Quality Matters programming, contact CELT assistant director Allan Schmidt, 294-5357.

Visit Quality Matters Tracks for Faculty Development at Iowa State website.

Panel: How to Manage Disruptive or Distressed Students in Your Classroom

Join our conversation on Thursday, April 7 from 12:10 – 1:00p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall to discuss how student stress, depression, and anxiety often manifest themselves as disruptive and distressed behaviors. Reducing stress, depression, and anxiety increases student engagement, ability to learn, and the mental health and well being of our communities. This panel will provide information and resources for helping faculty identify and respond compassionately and effectively to students exhibiting these behaviors. Visit Learn@ISU website to register for the event.

Key Resources:


  • Sara Kellogg, Assistant Dean/Director of Office of Student Conduct
  • Kipp Van Dyke, Assistant Dean of Students/Director for Student Assistance and Outreach