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 … Continue reading Engaged or not? That is the Question.
Category: Teaching Tip
Quick and short tips on teaching practices.
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 … Continue reading Embracing Change and Opportunities
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 … Continue reading CELT Teaching Tip Schedule for 2017-2018
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 … Continue reading Rethinking Exams
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 … Continue reading An Update on the Learning Management System (LMS) Review
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 … Continue reading Strategies to Re-engage Students After Spring Break
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 … Continue reading The First 5 Minutes of Class
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 … Continue reading Creating an Inclusive Classroom
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 … Continue reading CELT Teaching Tip: Desirable Difficulties Help Student Learning (February 2, 2017)
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”. … Continue reading Good Course Design Makes All The Difference