• 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 […]

  • The First 5 Minutes of Class

    The calendar shows we are more than half way to May and most of us are comfortably into the rhythm of another semester. With that in mind, it might be time to mix it up a bit and help students re-focus their efforts in your course as they prepare for the last push to finals […]

  • Creating an Inclusive Classroom

    Diversity. Inclusion. These two terms have come to the forefront in many conversations over the past twelve months, including many conversations related to higher education. As a faculty member and teacher I’ve contemplated what these terms might mean relative to my work. Diversity defined: Individual differences (e.g., personality, learning styles, and life experiences) and group/social […]

  • CELT Teaching Tip: Desirable Difficulties Help Student Learning (February 2, 2017)

    Students hold a number of misconceptions about learning. Many believe, for example, that the best way to remember something is to read it over and over again, or that the best way to learn multiple different topics is to study each of them one at a time. When students feel that a certain technique is […]

  • Good Course Design Makes All The Difference

    Start with the end in mind. It seems like pretty straightforward advice for a lot of things in life. And, although it isn’t always considered when creating a new course, or modifying an existing one, it can create a very useful framework for course design. Often this approach to course design is called “backward design”. […]

  • Spring 2017 Programming: Something for Everyone

    CELT is offering over 68 hours of professional development programming this spring semester including: 3 workshops, 3 award-winning faculty presentations, a panel on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 4 faculty/staff learning communities, 4 Inclusive Classroom Faculty Development Workshops, and 3 discussions on teaching inclusively. In addition, CELT is featuring 3 multi-session workshops: The Research-Based […]

  • Don’t Give Me a Paper Syllabus with Hyperlinks ‘Cuz I Can’t Click on Them!

    Now that we are mostly through Fall Semester’s Dead Week, it is time to really start thinking about Spring Semester. And, that brings me to the syllabus for your spring course. The syllabus is the ‘first impression’ students have of our course. Because we only have one chance to make a first impression, I believe […]

  • How Do You Use a Learning Management System in Your Course?

    A learning management system (LMS) contains a variety of functions and features to support teaching and learning. Most faculty use the core LMS features to organize and deliver learning content, manage course administration needs like enrollment, grades, communication, and student assignments. Many also use the LMS to assess students, foster student discussion, collaboration, and project-based […]