Category: Teaching Tip

Quick and short tips on teaching practices.

Piecing it all together: Finding the purpose in the everyday

Recently, I had the opportunity to observe a class. The instructor was engaging and engaged, the students were paying attention, taking notes and actively participating in Top Hat questions peppered throughout the session. As the end of class neared, within earshot, one of the students turned to another and said, “I just wish I knew … Continue reading Piecing it all together: Finding the purpose in the everyday

Midterms: A valuable time for formative assessment

The midpoint of the semester is an important opportunity for students to understand their progress in a course. As an instructor, you can help students understand their standing in the course through midterm grade submission. Midterms are due Friday, October 12 by 2:15 p.m. and can be submitted electronically via Canvas or AccessPlus. More information … Continue reading Midterms: A valuable time for formative assessment

What defines effective teaching, and how do we measure it? Plus, four exciting CELT opportunities (Teaching Tip)

Dear ISU Community, CELT will have four exciting opportunities for you to engage, connect, and participate in enhancing the teaching and learning mission of Iowa State University. Please direct any questions to me at sbb@iastate.edu. Looking forward to hearing from you! Sara Marcketti View the four exciting opportunities: Seeking applications for two CELT Faculty Fellows positions … Continue reading What defines effective teaching, and how do we measure it? Plus, four exciting CELT opportunities (Teaching Tip)

How do you know your online course is meeting the needs of your students?

Do you ever wonder if there is a way to receive feedback on your online courses? Quality Matters (QM), is a nation-wide, faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online courses and online components. The QM Rubric includes 8 standards to improve your course: Course Overview and Introduction Learning Objectives (Competencies) Assessment … Continue reading How do you know your online course is meeting the needs of your students?

Welcome back…..thinking about next semester? Strategies for tracking adjustments to your class

Was your first week of teaching just what you had planned? Or are there already changes that you would like to make next time you teach the course? One of the common questions that CELT staff receives is, “how do I keep track of changes that I want to make for next term?” There are … Continue reading Welcome back…..thinking about next semester? Strategies for tracking adjustments to your class

Achieving Teaching Success: How CELT Can Support You

In June 2018, the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) invited stakeholders to complete a short survey about the importance of and satisfaction with CELT programs, resources, and services. To begin analysis we used the WordItOut web-based tool to create a word cloud based upon responses to the question, “What three words would … Continue reading Achieving Teaching Success: How CELT Can Support You

Canvas is implemented, Now Submit your Grades!

Spring semester 2018 grades are due by May 9th at 2:15pm. Follow this end of semester checklist to guide you through the end of the semester process in Canvas via the End of Semester Checklist website. You may also submit grades through AccessPlus. Spring semester marked the implementation of Canvas as the centrally-supported learning management … Continue reading Canvas is implemented, Now Submit your Grades!

Good Teaching Counts: What a Department Chair, Associate Dean, and Professor do with student evaluations

It may still be March, but perhaps you have already thought about the end of spring semester 2018. What do you usually do with the end of course evaluations from students? I have heard some faculty say they dig right in to the evaluations and start making changes to their syllabus as soon as possible … Continue reading Good Teaching Counts: What a Department Chair, Associate Dean, and Professor do with student evaluations

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. … Continue reading Now that midterms are almost done, how to prepare students for their next exam?