Welcome Back

Welcome Back!
As a kick-off to the new semester, I wanted to share a recent article from The Chronicle about Syllabus Day titled, The Absolute Worst Way to Start the Semester.
It got me thinking how to maximize time with my students on the first day of class this fall. It is a quick read and gives a number of easy to implement ideas that can really help set the tone for the rest of the semester. Like the old adage says “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”.
I also wanted to provide a couple of teaching technology updates.
In collaboration with Information Technology Services we are continuing the transition to Top Hat as the new audience response system (clickers). An ISU Top Hat website is available, which includes transition tips, information on how students can purchase a license, and how instructors can request user support. View ISU Top Hat website.
Blackboard technical help continues to be available through the IT Solution Center and will include evening and weekend service hours. CELT will continue to address questions that are pedagogical in nature, such as course design or instructional practices. View ISU Blackboard Support website.
CELT is offering walk-in support for instructional design (Blackboard, Top Hat and classroom technologies) Monday through Friday during the weeks of August 15 and 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the CELT Online Learning Innovation Hub located in 281 Parks Library. No registration is needed just stop by when it is convenient. Beginning August 29, walk-in support returns to its regular time, Tuesdays 1-3 p.m.
We have a great line up of professional development programs in place for the semester. The full list of programs is available online and you can register for the programs through Learn@ISU. View CELT Events & Registration website.
Best wishes for a successful semester,
Ann Marie VanDerZanden, Director
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching