• ISU is turning off access to Blackboard on January 5, 2018

    On January 5, 2018, Iowa State University will be turning off all access to Blackboard. All Spring 2018 courses that use ISU’s centrally supported LMS will be taught in Canvas. Below are five important steps for the move: Download all grades from Blackboard. When fall semester ends you will want to download the gradecenter, grade […]

  • The Value of an Inclusive Classroom & Campus

    October is just a few days away, and we should reflect on how we are meeting/exceeding Goal 4 of Iowa State University’s Strategic Plan, “Continue to enhance and cultivate the ISU Experience where faculty, staff, students, and visitors are safe and feel welcomed, supported, included, and valued by the university and each other.” To contribute […]

  • Engaged or not? That is the Question.

    One of the questions CELT receives on a regular basis is, “How can I engage my students in the course content?” Or, “How do I help my students engage with course content more meaningfully?” In the article titled, “ Engaged Learning: Are we all on the same page” Dr. Bowen (2005) observed that “engagement is […]

  • Get Started with Canvas, ISU’s New Learning Management System

    This past week the Iowa State Daily published a glowing opinion piece titled, ” Sinclair: Canvas replacing Blackboard is a change we needed.” To prepare for this “change” we encourage faculty, and staff to take advantage of the training opportunities and resources available to them. On September 5 and 6, CELT and ITS will be […]

  • Embracing Change and Opportunities

    Change and continuity are hallmarks of university life. Each semester, teaching and research routines enable us to fulfill professional responsibilities and expectations. We also embrace change, as each semester new students fill our classrooms and lab spaces with open minds and new opportunities to consider the ways in which we successfully teach our subjects. One […]

  • 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. Sign-up for […]

  • 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 […]

  • Rethinking Exams

    A few weeks ago I read an interesting article titled Rethinking My Exams by Kevin Gannon, Professor of History and Director of the teaching center at Grand View University. One paragraph in particular stood out to me. Gannon wrote “Exams should challenge students and push them to demonstrate their learning. But assessment shouldn’t be weaponized […]

  • An Update on the Learning Management System (LMS) Review

    A review of ISU’s current learning management system (LMS), Blackboard Learn, has been ongoing since October 2016. The review process, co-led by CELT and ITS, is currently moving into the product demonstration and evaluation phase. This phase will provide yet another opportunity for ISU faculty, staff, and students to provide input on the future of […]

  • Strategies to Re-engage Students After Spring Break

    Welcome back to campus! Spring Break has come and gone and now is a great opportunity to consider new ways to re-engage students after the break. I came across this resource on active learning strategies a number of years ago and have referred back to it many times. The CELT version of this resource is […]