• Now that midterms are almost done, how to prepare students for their next exam?

    Many instructors grow weary of hearing the question “what’s going to be on the test?” And further, some struggle with helping students effectively study for the exams. In a 2016 Teaching Professor Blog, writer Maryellen Weimer provided teaching activities that can make exam sessions more productive for students and less of a chore for instructors. […]

  • Using Open Educational Resources to Foster Innovation in Teaching

    As the cost of course materials in higher education has climbed to $1,250 a year for undergraduates ( view the Trends in College Pricing 2017 [PDF]) , educators across the United States are beginning to adopt Open Educational Resources (OER) to save students money and encourage student success. OER are openly licensed educational materials that are […]

  • Advancing student learning while providing valuable teaching feedback

    The terms assessment and evaluation are often used interchangeably. However, they are different in their purpose, focus of measurement, and use. Assessment is typically formative, ongoing, and used to identify areas for improvement. Evaluation is summative, product oriented, and used to arrive at an overall grade or score. Classroom assessment techniques are relatively quick and […]

  • Promoting Student Engagement: Building community in the classroom

    Learning is a dynamic process in which we make meaning out of new information as connected to what we already know. Learning is also often a social process, as students feel more engaged in classrooms in which they know they are welcomed and contributing member of the community. But how do we build community? Researchers […]

  • CELT’s Award-Winning Faculty Series, innovative programs, and more!

    Welcome back to campus! In our first Teaching Tip of 2018, we wanted to highlight a few of the professional development opportunities CELT has planned for you. We are hosting the following outstanding faculty to present in our Award-Winning Faculty Series: Research Mentoring: Providing the opportunity to learn from mistakes, Jan. 23 (12:10 -1:30 p.m., […]

  • “A journey of a 1,000 miles begins with a single step”

    The great Chinese thinker Laozi’s words could apply perfectly to the transition from teaching in Blackboard to Canvas. As I shared last week, in Confessions of a Procrastinator, I have not yet built my course in Canvas, but this week I started and here are some tips to help you take that first step. Start […]

  • Fight the Fear: Confessions of a Procrastinator

    As Interim Director of CELT, I have participated in CELT-led workshops, sat in on implementation team meetings, and spoken all over campus about the transition from Blackboard to Canvas. However, I still have not built my spring 2018 course in Canvas. Sure, I thought about the wonderful features that Canvas would let me do, such […]

  • Canvas… Get Started Now.

    Arne Hallam: Associate Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Economics Professor, and Canvas Early adopter shares his advice for this edition of the Teaching Tip. With Blackboard access ending on January 5, 2018, we asked Dr. Arne Hallam, a Canvas early adopter, for his advice on learning the new learning management system in this brief […]

  • Advice from a Canvas early adopter, “Be patient. Breathe deeply. Get help [with Canvas].”

    In our previous Tip (ISU is turning off access to Blackboard on January 5, 2018) we shared 5 ways to successfully prepare for making the transition from teaching in Blackboard to Canvas. In this issue, our CELT team thought you may be interested in the results of the Canvas early adopter survey. As you may […]

  • 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 […]