CELT Teaching & Learning Circles (Workshop Series) Announced for Fall 2016

This fall, CELT is offering 4 different sets of teaching and learning circles (workshop series) for the campus community.  These series provide a structured way for faculty, instructors, and staff to hear new teaching strategies, meet new colleagues, and build a community of practice.  Registration is required via Learn@ISU website.


Workshop: From Graduate Student to Faculty (Sept. 6) and Workshop Series

thumbnailofworkshopflyergraduatestudenttofacultyThe first workshop of a five-workshop series will be held 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6 in the south ballroom of the Memorial Union. It will focus on graduate students of color transitioning to faculty members. Presenters include Brian Burt and Sarah Rodriguez in the School of Education, and Shannon Coleman in food science and human nutrition and Human Sciences Extension and Outreach. Download Workshop: From Graduate Student to Faculty PDF

To learn about this series visit Sustaining the Academic Pipeline for Graduate Students and Faculty of Color: A Workshop Series to Launch the Trajectory from Graduate Student to Administrator website. The five workshops aim to support graduate students and faculty of all ranks, from assistant professors to associate professors, professors, and administrators. Refreshments will be served and registration is not required.

Workshop Series

  • Promotion and tenure: A second workshop to be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 in the south ballroom of the Memorial Union will be aimed at recruiting and retaining scholars of color. Jonathan Wickert, Iowa State’s senior vice president and provost, will speak along with Gong-Soog Hong, a professor and former chair of human development and family studies.
  • Tools for faculty to continue their trajectory: A third event to be held 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 in the Memorial Union Pioneer Room will be an interactive workshop on achieving promotion to professor through career planning, engaging mentors, utilizing resources, and personal branding. Sanders and Rumbeiha will present at that workshop.
  • Faculty of color as future administrators: Then from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, March 6 in the Memorial Union Pioneer Room, a fourth workshop will provide resources to individuals transitioning into administrative roles. Jones-Johnson will lead that workshop along with Francis Owusu, professor and chair of community and regional planning in the College of Design.
  • Diversity within academia: The final workshop scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 in the Memorial Union Pioneer Room will focus on diversity within academia. Stewart will join Bratsch-Prince, the associate provost for faculty, and Margo Foreman, Iowa State’s director of equal opportunity, in giving an overview of the diversity challenge in academia.

Updates about the workshop series will be posted on Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag #scholarpipeline.

 


Finalists named for CELT’s Associate Director for Online Learning

Three finalists have been named in the search for the Associate Director for Online Learning, a position in the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT). The finalists will interview on campus over the next couple of weeks.

The candidates are:

  • Devrim Ozdemir, instructional design coordinator, College of Health Sciences, Des Moines University, Iowa
  • Chen Hsin-liang, associate professor, Palmer School of Library and Information Science, Long Island University, New York
  • Kenneth Hay, former associate professor, cognitive science, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Candidate forums

The campus community is encouraged to attend an open forum with each candidate.

  • Devrim Ozdemir, Aug. 29 (3:10 – 4:30 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall)
  • Chen Hsin-liang, Sept. 1 (2:10 – 3:00 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hal)
  • Kenneth Hay, Sept. 6, (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall)

If you would like to provide input after attending the open forums please complete a please complete Candidate Evaluation for the Associate Director for Online Learning, CELT website.

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Shortlink to evaluation: http://bit.ly/celtassocdironline


Welcome Back

Welcome Back!
As a kick-off to the new semester, I wanted to share a recent article from The Chronicle about Syllabus Day titled, The Absolute Worst Way to Start the Semester.
It got me thinking how to maximize time with my students on the first day of class this fall. It is a quick read and gives a number of easy to implement ideas that can really help set the tone for the rest of the semester. Like the old adage says “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”.
I also wanted to provide a couple of teaching technology updates.
In collaboration with Information Technology Services we are continuing the transition to Top Hat as the new audience response system (clickers). An ISU Top Hat website is available, which includes transition tips, information on how students can purchase a license, and how instructors can request user support. View ISU Top Hat website.
Blackboard technical help continues to be available through the IT Solution Center and will include evening and weekend service hours. CELT will continue to address questions that are pedagogical in nature, such as course design or instructional practices. View ISU Blackboard Support website.
CELT is offering walk-in support for instructional design (Blackboard, Top Hat and classroom technologies) Monday through Friday during the weeks of August 15 and 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the CELT Online Learning Innovation Hub located in 281 Parks Library. No registration is needed just stop by when it is convenient. Beginning August 29, walk-in support returns to its regular time, Tuesdays 1-3 p.m.
We have a great line up of professional development programs in place for the semester. The full list of programs is available online and you can register for the programs through Learn@ISU. View CELT Events & Registration website.
Best wishes for a successful semester,
Ann Marie VanDerZanden, Director
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

How ISU Faculty are using Top Hat

tophatTop Hat, a cloud-based, interactive teaching and learning platform for instructors and students, is now available for use at ISU. The Top Hat platform replaces clickers — the remote control-style devices used at ISU for the last 10 years. Top Hat was piloted at ISU during the 2015-16 academic year and was wellreceived by instructor and student users. Top Hat offers numerous excellent features, including:
  • Six types of questions for student responses
  • Synchronous and asynchronous modes of participation
  • Options for instant feedback via open-ended discussions
  • New ways for instructors to create interactive content and customize student access
  • For students, Top Hat allows for the use of students’ own smartphones, tablets, and computers. It is accessible via the Top Hat app and web browsers. Students may return their legacy clickers to the ISU Book Store for a $25 credit toward a Top Hat license.
Here is what faculty are saying about using Top Hat:
Getting Started with Top Hat
  • Lauren Westerdale, Student Services Specialist II and BEST Learning Community Coordinator (Biology) explained,”I would suggest anticipating questions your students may have and speaking with a Top Hat support staff member prior to your course start date so you feel comfortable addressing those questions. Also, consider reviewing the online tutorials offered for instructors,” and, “I particularly appreciate the anonymous response feature built into Top Hat questions and discussions, which allows students to more comfortably ask questions and provide honest feedback in a lecture hall setting.”
Faculty Experiences Using Top Hat in the Classroom
  • Jesudoss Kingston, Senior Lecturer (Chemistry) shared,”I like the option of presenting the questions from my iPad, which offers me opportunity to walk around the class and I don’t need to stand near the podium. Students seem to like it so far,” and, “I am not restricted to only traditional multiple choice questions. I have started using “matching items” “click on the target” type questions which is really great for chemistry courses.
  • Beth Caissie, Assistant Professor (Geological and Atmospheric Sciences) stated, “It lets me have an active class with 250 students. I wanted to use active learning in class and Top Hat enables this without requiring another hardware device,” and, “l really like the click on target questions. That option is awesome, especially for geology. I use it a lot, it is great for looking at maps. It also allows me to show the resulting heat map of students’ answers on the projector and talk about any misconceptions they might have . In addition, I like the word cloud display option for Word Answer questions. It helps students see what the consensus is for answers.”
For more information visit the Top Hat support site, including details on how to transition current content from TurningPoint 5 to Top Hat.
You can also learn more about the Top Hat and the transition from TurningPoint 5 in this Inside Iowa State story.

CELT expands walk-in support for instructional design this month

CELT is offering additional walk-in support for instructional design (Blackboard, TopHat and classroom technologies) for the next three weeks at its online learning innovation hub, 281 Parks Library. Monday through Friday during the weeks of Aug. 8, 15 and 22, receive help from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. No registration is needed. Bring your laptop and your work and get answers to your questions. Beginning Aug. 29, walk-in support returns to its regular time, Tuesdays 1-3 p.m.


Top Hat representative on campus this week (Aug. 1 – 5)

tophatA representative from Top Hat, ISU’s new interactive teaching and learning platform, will visit campus this week (Aug. 1 – 5). Erin Neal will be available for two walk-in sessions for instructors who want an overview of Top Hat’s features:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 3 (2-3 p.m., 116 Durham)
  • Thursday, Aug. 4 (12:30-1:30 p.m., 116 Durham)

Neal also will host individual sessions for instructors who want more in-depth training; sign up through Top Hat Demo MeetMe website. View Top Hat support website.


Top Hat representative on campus next week

Top Hat representative on campus next week

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A representative from Top Hat, ISU’s new interactive teaching and learning platform, will visit campus the week of July 18. Erin Neal will be available for two walk-in sessions for instructors who want an overview of Top Hat’s features:

  • Tuesday, July 19 (1-2 p.m., 281 Parks Library)
  • Wednesday, July 20 (3-4 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall)

Neal also will host individual sessions for instructors who want more in-depth training; sign up for a time here. Online support is always available by visiting IT Top Hat Support website.


Top Hat, a new interactive teaching and learning platform, comes to ISU

From:
Ann Marie VanDerZanden, Director, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
Jim Kurtenbach, Chief Information Officer, Information Technology

tophatWe are pleased to announce that Top Hat, a new cloud-based, interactive teaching and learning platform for ISU instructors and students, is now available for use at ISU. Top Hat was piloted at ISU during the 2015-16 academic year and was well received by users, and now we are excited to open it up to all of campus.

There is no charge for instructors to use Top Hat. It offers excellent features, including:

  • Six types of questions for student responses
  • Synchronous and asynchronous modes of participation
  • Options for instant feedback via open-ended discussions
  • New ways for instructors to create interactive content and customize student access

For students, Top Hat allows for the use of students’ own smartphones, tablets, and computers. It is accessible via the Top Hat app and web browsers.

The adoption of Top Hat also means that the legacy TurningPoint clickers will no longer be sold or supported at ISU. The TurningPoint 5 software is growing obsolete as its vendor no longer supports it which makes it incompatible with software updates such as Microsoft Office 2016.

Students with legacy clickers will have the option to return them to the ISU Book Store for a $25 credit toward a new Top Hat license. We thank the book store staff for their work in supporting this transition.

We’ve created a Top Hat support site to help guide you through the questions you might have, including how to transition from TurningPoint to Top Hat. You can also read more in our Inside Iowa State story.

For instructors who used clickers in the past, we hope to make your transition as seamless as possible. For those who have not used clickers, we hope you will explore Top Hat and consider implementing it in your classroom. We think you will find it to be a very robust interactive classroom tool.

Please feel free to share this message with your departments and colleagues, and reach out to us directly with any questions you may have.


IT, CELT introduce new interactive teaching, learning platform

A new service promises to give instructors more options in creating interactive lectures for their classes.

Following a successful pilot program during 2015-16, information technology (IT) and the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) are introducing Top Hat, a cloud-based teaching and learning platform. The service, which begins this fall, will replace clickers — the remote control-style devices used at ISU for the last 10 years — with students’ existing devices, enhancing functionality for instructors and students.

New features

Top Hat offers instructors new technology-based, pedagogical opportunities in the classroom. Among features are:

  • Six types of questions for student responses
  • Synchronous and asynchronous modes of participation
  • Methods for instant feedback via open-ended discussions
  • New ways for instructors to create interactive content and customize student access

Students will benefit from the new service as well. They will be able to use their existing devices — like smartphones, laptops and tablets — to access Top Hat. They can access content outside of class time and track progress through their Top Hat accounts.

Since students will use their own devices, IT and CELT support for clickers has been discontinued. Likewise, the TurningPoint 5 software used with clickers is no longer supported by the vendor or ISU.

Blackboard integration, transition help

“We believe both instructors and students will be very pleased with Top Hat,” said Ann Marie VanDerZanden, CELT director. “It allows instructors to engage students pedagogically in ways we have not been able to before at ISU. It’s very intuitive to use and is accessible through virtually any device.”

Top Hat integrates with Blackboard, ISU’s learning management system. The current integration is simple, but a more advanced and expanded Grade Center integration is expected this fall, if not sooner.

Instructors transitioning from TurningPoint 5 to Top Hat can get expert help from Top Hat staff in transferring their legacy clicker course content and using Top Hat in courses.

VanDerZanden emphasized that faculty seeking this service should contact the IT Solution Center as early as possible to avoid the mid-August rush.

Students: How to switch

Students using Top Hat will pay for a license rather than hardware clickers. They can get licenses through the University Book Store when ordering books, or directly through Top Hat. They can create Top Hat accounts for free, but will be prompted for a license code when they try to join their courses.

Top Hat student licenses are $50 for five years, $25 for one year or $17 for one semester. Students with legacy clickers can exchange them at the bookstore for a $25 Top Hat license credit.

Making the transition

An ISU Top Hat website is available, which includes these transition tips:

  • Create a free Top Hat account at www.tophat.com, via the “sign up” link in the upper right corner of the page. Select ISU as the institution and use an ISU email address for discounted pricing.
  • Users who need support, including instructors who want to use Top Hat’s transition help, should use this online form or contact the IT Solution Center.
  • Top Hat representatives will visit campus the week of July 18 and at the start of the fall semester to offer training and assistance. Watch Inside Iowa State for details.

“Our hope,” VanDerZanden said, “is that the features of the new Top Hat service will entice more instructors to use this type of technology in their classes.”