When will Canvas go Live at Iowa State?

Canvas by Instructure Corporate LogoThe short answer is: Soon.

The intent is to officially announce the “go live” date within the next week via Inside Iowa State, the Iowa State LMS website, and the CELT social network channels.

Since the announcement that Canvas was selected in mid-June, CELT and ITS have been working with Instructure Canvas on the numerous components necessary to integrate Canvas with the local ISU systems. We are also working to implement a comprehensive course migration protocol to move existing ISU courses from Blackboard into the new Canvas platform, and develop user training and support processes. We are getting close.

Getting Started Before the Live Date

In anticipation of the ISU go live date, take a minute to see what Canvas can do to help make teaching and learning easier for you, view The Cool Things You Can Do with Canvas YouTube video.

To get started before Canvas goes live at Iowa State, visit the MyCanvas Instructor Orientation website.

For more information, visit the MyCanvas Frequently Asked Questions website.


Upcoming Top Hat Programs (July 24-26)

A representative from Top Hat, ISU’s standardized interactive teaching and learning platform, will be on campus July 24 through July 26. Adam Palumbo will be available for two walk-in sessions to discuss Top Hat functionalities and pedagogy.

Walk-in Sessions

Register for one or both of the following walk-in sessions:

Individual Consultations

Palumbo will also be available for individual sessions for instructors who wish to receive in-depth training. Please sign up through Top Hat’s MeetMe website. Also, use Top Hat’s MeetMe website to sign up for individual online consultations with Palumbo at your convenience.

About Top Hat

To learn more about Top Hat, visit CELT’s Top Hat: Learning and Teaching with Audience Response Technology website.


If you have any questions or would like to contact ISU’s support for Top Hat, please email Lesya Hassall.

How to Register for CELT events

Register using your netid/password via the Learn@ISU website, email celt@iastate.edu, or call 515-294-5357

CELT Teaching Tip Schedule for 2017-2018

CELT publishes a Teaching Tip, a bi-weekly email newsletter, that includes key resources for teaching effectively; as well as, upcoming programs relevant to teaching. The CELT Teaching Tip will be published bi-weekly throughout this academic year beginning on Thursday, August 17.

Sign-up for the email newsletter, via the CELT Teaching Tip sign-up website.

CELT Graduate Assistantship positions available for Summer 2017, and Fall 2017/Spring 2018


  • Positions available: Instructional Content Developer and Technology Support
  • Hiring now: Two half-time graduate assistantships or hourly undergraduate positions starting as soon as possible and working until the end of the summer semester
  • Taking applications: Six half-time graduate assistantships available for Fall 2017/Spring 2018

Job Description

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is seeking motivated and organized graduate students to assist in the content creation and transfer (migration) of ISU online courses into the University’s new Learning Management System (LMS) software. You will work directly with instructors and instructional design experts to review and update migrated courses. Additional duties will include learning the LMS software, developing user support materials, teaching basic hands-on software workshops, and staffing a walk-in lab to assist instructors with migrating their courses. Candidates with strong interest in communications, instructional design or development of software support materials are encouraged to apply.

Required Qualifications

  • Active enrollment in a graduate program at Iowa State University, if applying for graduate assistantships
  • Experience working independently with minimal instruction in a team environment
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Detail oriented and research oriented
  • Knowledge of LMS or web development software (like Blackboard, Moodle, Canvas, Drupal, Adobe tools, etc.)
  • Prior experience with the design and development of online instructional materials (documents, online presentations, assignments, quizzes, etc.)
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in writing and designing software support materials
  • Coursework or prior experience with teaching, tutoring, or pedagogy
  • Experience working with subject matter experts and adult students
  • Basic knowledge of HTML/CSS – Knowledge of web accessibility
  • Experience with Camtasia or other screen recording software
  • Experience creating rapid prototypes of online content
  • Experience with MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel

Application Deadline

  • June 20, 2017 for summer assistantships.
  • July 1, 2017 for fall 2017/spring 2018 assistantships.

Application Process

Send a cover letter indicating which position, a resume, examples of work, and three references to:

Darrin Jones, Program Coordinator, CELT, via email darrinj@iastate.edu

Those qualified will be contacted for an interview.

Questions? Darrin Jones, Program Coordinator, CELT, via email: darrinj@iastate.edu

Sara Marcketti receives award for contributions to family and consumer sciences

Sara Marcketti receives awardSara Marcketti, Associate Director, CELT and Professor for ISU Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management (AESHM) received the 2017 Elva Davies Research Award from the AAFCS Iowa Affiliate. The award recognizes important contributions to the information base of family and consumer sciences.

Adapted from College of Human Sciences (2017, June 12) Announcement > Kudos website.

Canvas is the new learning management system

Canvas has been chosen as Iowa State’s new learning management system (LMS).

The selection comes after an extensive review process that included multiple rounds of input from campus stakeholders, vendor demonstrations, and the migration of several existing Iowa State courses to let faculty see how finalists’ systems work in real time.

“The transition to Canvas is a great opportunity for faculty to reimagine courses and content,

make sure materials are accessible for all learners, and to ‘bake in’ continuous course improvement through real-time learner analytics” said Senior Vice President and Provost Jonathan Wickert.

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) and Information Technology will be working over the summer to prepare for the transition to Canvas. Initial plans are for 100-150 instructors to use a limited version of the new system for their Fall 2017 courses.

All instructors teaching courses in Spring 2018 will use the full version of Canvas, with extensive user support and integration of student data. Workshops and resources will be available during the fall semester to help instructors prepare their spring courses.

CELT Director Ann Marie VanDerZanden noted that Canvas is well positioned to evolve alongside new computer applications and technology platforms, ensuring faculty can take advantage of the latest instructional tools. The transition is also an opportunity for faculty who did not use BlackBoard Learn to take advantage of the capabilities of an LMS to support their teaching.

Visit the LMS review website for more information on the transition to Canvas.

Read the original announcement Canvas is the new learning management system article (June 9, 2017) on Inside Iowa State website.

Canvas by Instructure Logo

Faculty receive NACTA E.B. Knight Journal Award for their Team-Based Learning article

 Originally posted on Iowa State’s Department of Economics website:

Dr. Georgeanne Artz, Dr. Keri Jacobs, Dr. Christian Boessen

Artz, Jacobs, Boessen publication receives award

Georgeanne Artz, assistant professor, Keri Jacobs, assistant professor, and Christian Boessen, senior lecturer, received notification from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) that their recent publication in the NACTA Journal is being awarded the E.B. Knight Journal Award, which is chosen annually for the top article published in the journal.

The award was established by the NACTA Executive Committee after E.B. Knight’s death in 1965, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to NACTA. Knight received his graduate degrees from the University of Missouri. He taught 1939-1949 at the University of Tennessee and 1949-1964 at the Tennessee Polytechnic Institute. Knight was a charter member of NACTA, served as its first president 1955-56, was editor of the journal from 1958-1960, and author of numerous articles published in it.

The award will be made at the June 2017 Annual Conference at Purdue University.

The paper: Artz, G., K. Jacobs, and C. Boessen. 2016. “The Whole is Greater than the Sum: An Empirical Analysis of the Effect of Team Based Learning on Student Achievement.” NACTA Journal 60(4): 405-411.

Visit Iowa State’s Department of Economics web post.

The Team-Based Learning award-winning article is available for download from Iowa State’s Digital Repository, The Whole is Greater than the Sum: An Empirical Analysis of the Effect of Team Based Learning on Student Achievement (PDF)

‘Imaginative’ proposals receive diversity course development grants (Inside Iowa State)

The office of the senior vice president and provost, Faculty Senate and Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) identified the first seven grant recipients in the university’s Diversity Course Development Initiative.

The initiative, part of a broader effort to strengthen the U.S. diversity curriculum requirement, supports faculty who wish to create new courses or make significant modifications to courses that currently meet the requirement.

Senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert said that reimagining the diversity curriculum has long been a goal of both students and faculty.

“Iowa State students have been telling us they want a deeper understanding of contemporary issues related to diversity and inclusion,” Wickert said. “The faculty responded to this challenge with excellent and imaginative proposals that offer new perspectives in areas such as racial and gender justice, leadership strategies, fashion and the media.”

Wickert also noted that the initiative addresses goal four of Iowa State’s strategic plan, as the university community works together to cultivate an experience “where faculty, staff, students and visitors are safe and feel welcomed, supported, included and valued.”

Faculty proposals selected for funding are:

  • Larissa Begley, African and African American studies
    New course: The Revolution Will not be Televised – Resistance from Slavery to Hip-Hop and Black Lives Matter
  • Michael Goebel, women’s and gender studies
    Modified course: Gender Justice
  • Amber Manning-Ouellette, leadership studies
    Modified course: Leadership Styles and Strategies in a Diverse Society
  • Loreto Prieto, psychology
    New course: Psychology of Sexual Orientation
  • Marcia Purdy, School of Education
    Modified course: Intergroup Dialogues
  • Kelly Reddy-Best, apparel, events and hospitality management
    New course: Queer Fashion
  • Brenda Witherspoon, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
    New course: Identity, Diversity and the Media

Grant recipients share $50,000 in funding. They also will receive initial and followup consultation for instructional design planning, and faculty development opportunities through ongoing CELT programs, including the Inclusive Classroom initiative. The goal is to offer each course for the first time in either fall 2017 or spring 2018.

Selection process

Proposals submitted this winter through an RFP process were reviewed by a committee of students, faculty and staff who ranked each proposal according to a rubric designed to assess the desired learning outcomes.

The committee chairs were Sara Marcketti, associate director of CELT and professor of apparel, events and hospitality management; and Mark Looney, senior lecturer in world languages and cultures, and chair of the Faculty Senate’s equity, diversity and inclusion committee. Other members were Liz Mendez-Shannon, office of diversity and inclusion; Gordie Miller, Faculty Senate curriculum committee; Brad Skaar, Faculty Senate academic affairs council; and students Emily Tosoni, political science; Natalie Weathers, communication studies; and Laura Wiederholt, biology.

Related story

Initiative intended to enhance diversity curriculum, Nov. 3, 2016


Re-posted from Inside Iowa State (2017, May 4)

Summer Professional Development Opportunities

Back by popular demand, we are offering a number of professional development opportunities this summer. Many attendees in last summer’s programs noted that the summer programs allowed them an opportunity to participate during a time when their schedules were less full and the pace on campus was a bit slower. Below is a sampling of what we have in store for the summer.

The ever popular Research-Based Flipped Classroom: Team-Based Learning workshop, lead by Holly Bender, CELT Associate Director, will be offered as a 3-part series on June 27-29 from 1:10 – 4:00 p.m.

New this summer is the Best Practices in Online Course Design lead by Darrin Jones, CELT Program Coordinator and Quality Matters leader. This 3-day workshop meets on consecutive days and will be offered three separate times this summer, May 17-19, June 20-22, and July 25-27. The workshop will explore best practices in online course design through the use of the Quality Matters (QM) rubric.

Also new this summer is the Inclusive Classroom workshop for faculty and staff (with a teaching role) will be offered May 11, June 13, July 12, and August 9. This workshop includes pre-workshop online learning modules and an interactive face-to-face 3-hour workshop focused on creating an inclusive classroom environment.

Check out our CELT Events and Registration site for the full list.

We hope you will be able to join us for these sessions as you take some extra time to reflect on your teaching goals and aspirations this summer.

Ann Marie VanDerZanden, Director
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Inclusive Classroom Faculty Development Workshops (Summer 2017)

Today’s university classrooms are more diverse than in the past. With this diversity of students comes the need to ensure the learning environments associated with courses are inclusive and designed to support all students. This faculty workshop includes pre-workshop online learning modules and an interactive face-to-face workshop focused on creating an inclusive classroom environment. To learn more about inclusive classrooms visit CELT’s Creating an Inclusive Classroom website.

Overall Workshop Objectives

After participating in the pre-workshop learning modules and the face-to-face program, faculty and staff will:

  1. Identify discipline-based and course specific improvements to foster inclusive excellence in the classroom.
  2. Develop an individual action plan for promoting inclusion in the classroom.
  3. Become familiar with the campus resources and programs that support diversity and inclusion.

Pre-workshop Learning Modules

By engaging in the pre-workshop learning modules, participants will:

  1. Learn about teaching inclusively and why it is important at Iowa State University.
  2. Identify their own attitudes towards inclusion, acknowledge how it impacts teaching, and develop strategies to be more inclusive.
  3. Enhance self-awareness and instructional skills that may contribute to our inclusive campus environment.

Modules will be available at least one week prior to the workshop and will be instrumental to our face-to-face program; therefore, we ask that you complete the modules prior to the event.

Summer 2017 Inclusive Classroom Offerings

Faculty and staff (who have a teaching role) may choose to attend one of the following program offerings this summer:

Register for one of the summer Inclusive Classroom workshops via the Learn@ISU website (http://learn.iastate.edu) or call CELT 515-294-5357