Canvas is Available!

Canvas is available to all of Iowa State today. Blackboard is still available for faculty to use during fall semester 2017, and almost all courses that use a learning management system (LMS) will be taught in Blackboard. However, now is the time to learn Canvas in preparation for all courses being taught in the new LMS this spring semester 2018.

Begin to learn Canvas using the MyCanvas Teacher at ISU website. This is a 24/7 publicly available course.

How-to Log into Canvas

To log into Canvas click the “Sign Ons” link found in the upper right-hand corner (above the search box) of Iowa State’s home page. Then, use the drop down menu and go to “More Sign Ons” to select the Canvas button.

What you will see in Canvas

Once you are logged into Canvas, you will see your dashboard displaying course cards for your current courses; as well as, a “Start Here” course for MyCanvas Teacher at ISU.

If you do not see the MyCanvas Teacher at ISU course (“Start Here”), follow the steps found in Canvas’s How do I view my institution’s Public Course Index as an instructor? website and click the “+Join this course” icon to self-enroll.

If you choose to not log into MyCanvas Teacher at ISU today, you still will have access to the resources at anytime.

We are no longer accepting Early Adopters for Fall 2017.

Canvas Support:

All 24/7 support options may be found by clicking the “Help” button found on the left-hand navigation bar in Canvas. Canvas offers 24/7 support via the following channels:

  • Canvas Support Line (Call 515-294-4000 then press 2, press 1)
  • Live Chat with Canvas Support
  • A web-based Report a Problem Form

Marcketti named interim director of CELT (Inside Iowa State)

Sara Marcketti has been named interim director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, effective July 24.

Sara Marcketti

Marcketti, professor of apparel, events and hospitality management (AESHM), has served as CELT associate director since 2013. Her new appointment will extend through June 2018. Previous CELT director Ann Marie VanDerZanden was appointed associate provost for academic programs earlier this month.

“Sara has an impressive track record as associate director, and I am pleased she has agreed to serve in the interim role,” said Dawn Bratsch-Prince, associate provost for faculty. “I have great confidence in her leadership and her ability to maintain CELT’s momentum in areas like inclusive classrooms; flipped, hybrid and online pedagogy; and implementing Iowa State’s new learning management system.”

A native of New York, Marcketti holds a bachelor’s degree in art history and master’s in textiles, merchandising, and interiors from the University of Georgia; and a Ph.D. in textiles and clothing from Iowa State. She joined the AESHM faculty in 2005 and rose through the ranks from lecturer to full professor in just 10 years.

“I am excited for this opportunity to lead CELT’s dedicated staff and work with faculty to support Iowa State’s teaching academic mission,” Marcketti said. “We have built a remarkable number of resources for faculty, staff, graduate students and post-docs over the last 24 years, and I look forward to continuing and growing the excellent work we are known for.”

A search for the next permanent CELT director will be held during the spring semester.

Re-posted from Inside Iowa State (2017, July 27)

Update on Canvas “Go Live” Date at ISU

The ISU Canvas Implementation Team is continuing to make progress on completing the initial implementation of Canvas at ISU. The team met with the Canvas On-Site Implementation consultants on campus July 12-14 and were able to complete a number of steps to make Canvas functional at ISU and integrated with ISU’s local systems. Our goal is to provide a trouble-free first login experience for ISU instructors and staff, and to provide clear steps for creating courses in Canvas using Blackboard migrated course materials.

Based on the work completed and work remaining we have updated our “go live” date for instructor access and anticipate it will be by July 28, 2017.

A fully featured version of Canvas will be ready for developing Spring 2018 courses by mid-semester Fall 2017.

Status updates and additional details will be posted on the ISU Learning Management System (LMS) website. If you have questions please email

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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, 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

Those qualified will be contacted for an interview.

Questions? Darrin Jones, Program Coordinator, CELT, via email:

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.

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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)