Gamification, or game-based learning (GBL), is an emerging instructional model that is showing great success in the classroom. In GBL students actively engage in their learning as they collaborate and compete towards accomplishing a shared goal. This past October CELT hosted Dr. Larysa Nadolny, Assistant Professor, School of Education, for her presentation titled An Epic Win: Using Blackboard to facilitate Game-based Learning. She discussed how she uses the tools in Blackboard to facilitate GBL in a large lecture course. You can view the recorded session [View Panopto Video] and download the slides [Download Presentation Slides]. If this piques your interest, please join us on February 17, 2014 for a seminar on GBL and then a five-week Teaching and Learning Circle starting the following week.
You may register for these events via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses).
Why do some students make bad decisions relative to their academic work? What causes students to cheat? And what can we as faculty do to help them make the right decision? Professor Donald McCabe will give a state-of-the-art review of current research dealing with academic integrity and student moral development on Wednesday November 20th 3:30-5:00 pm in 1148 Gerdin.
Please join us in this important discussion and learn how moral development impacts our students at ISU.
You may register for this event via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses).
Even if you are using multiple teaching approaches in your course, students may still struggle with how to effectively learn, and retain, course content. If you are looking for ways to help students develop effective learning strategies, the upcoming session by Jason Chan, ISU psychology professor, may be just the ticket. Dr. Chan will discuss how he applies his research-based expertise on retention and memory in his classroom.
The seminar is Monday, November 4, 2013; 12:10-1:00 in 2030 Morrill Hall.
You can register for the session through Access Plus.
In celebration of CELT’s 20th Anniversary, we are compiling a list of 20 Teaching Tips from the Trenches – and we would like your ideas. We will select 20 tips and create a laminated deck of cards to share with faculty across campus. The tips will also be posted on the CELT website to share with an even larger audience. Each tip will be attributed to the author.
Here is what we need:
A 150-word description that gives an overview of the tip.
A bulleted list of 4-5 steps on how you implement the tip so someone else can learn how to use it in their class too.
The tip submission form is available at: http://www.celt.iastate.edu/news/teaching-tip-submission/
We look forward to collecting the great ways faculty are enriching student learning at Iowa State.
We’ve all had one; that great teacher who makes teaching look effortless. You hang on every word, and can’t wait for class each day. My great teacher was Mrs. Laffey. She was my sixth grade science teacher, and the person who propelled me toward a career that combines science and teaching. A colleague shared this web site with me last spring, and as I read through it again a few days ago I realized that Mrs. Laffey embodied these nine characteristics. It’s worth a quick read to see how you too can become a great teacher. Enjoy!
Ann Marie VanDerZanden
Director, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
Professor of Horticulture
Are you looking for a way to have high levels of student attendance, preparation, participation and critical thinking? Would you like your students to report that they were more motivated and actively engaged in the class? The team-based learning (TBL) approach to teaching can help you accomplish this. Visit our TBL page for more information.
Research shows that writing assignments provide an effective way for students to process information and learn new content. If the thought of reading, providing constructive feedback, and grading even short writing assignments for your course is overwhelming, then the September 18th workshop Frantic Student, Busy Instructor: How to Incorporate Writing into Your Class in Time-Conscious Ways may be just what you need. Join the director of the Writing & Media Center for a cross-disciplinary conversation about manageable ways to incorporate writing into your course.
As you’ve probably noticed, our sleepy little college town is coming alive as 30,000 plus students arrive back to Ames.
We hope you are excited for the start of a new semester and ready for the first day of class.
Whether you are new to teaching or have been in the classroom for years, preparation for this first interaction with students is critical. For suggestions on how to approach this first meeting and how to get the semester off to a great start see this Top 15 List from former CELT Director, Corly Brooke.
Tech Tip: Blackboard Learn Support
Blackboard Learn may play an important role in your teaching this semester. CELT’s eLearning website offers quick access to many important Blackboard resources. Additionally, CELT provides a variety of topical Blackboard workshops throughout the semester.