Choose your instructional tool adventure webinars

Choose your instructional tool adventure (30-minute teaching topics)

CELT’s Choose Your Instructional Tool Adventure focuses on various instructional strategies found on the CELT website and demonstrates practical ways to incorporate these tools in a Canvas course. Instructional support staff from across campus will facilitate each 30-minute byte. These 30-minutes builds on concepts covered on the CELT instructional strategies pages.


30-minute teaching topics

Series Objectives

  • Identify tools to help instructors manage a blended or online classroom.
  • Align tool usage to course objectives.
  • Implement inclusive pedagogical components into a course (e.g., inclusive examples, accessibility, and Universal Design for Learning principles).
  • Locate ISU’s teaching and learning support resources.

Individual Workshop Objectives

  • Access CELT web resources specific to online teaching and learning.
  • Identify the most appropriate tool to implement a strategy in their course.
  • Create sample content using the tool.
  • Locate proper support for the selected tool.
Find additional opportunities to review CELT’s Upcoming Events website. For support, contact CELT or your local instructional staff.

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Iowa State CELT jobs posted

Iowa State University is restructuring its online education staff from academic colleges into a new unit that will become part of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT); read the Inside Iowa State University restructures online education programs under CELT umbrella article. We have hired our senior managers (Susan Arendt, Iowa State Online, Matt Carver, Enterprise Instructional Technology, Lesya Hassall, Course Design and Quality, and Clark Coffman, Instructor Development). Now we are trying to expand our staff in the following areas within CELT:

  • Iowa State Onlineincluding marketing, new programs, corporate outreach, business development, and student success functions.
  • Instructor developmentincluding core support for instructors, training for faculty and graduate students, faculty fellows, and the inclusive classroom program.
  • Course design and qualityincluding instructional design, quality, and faculty support.
  • Enterprise instructional technologyincluding media production, Canvas administration, learning tools integration, and online testing centers.

Would you share the following positions with individuals that you think would be interesting? Individuals can type the title* or requisition number into this site: to apply for positions. Thank you, and looking forward to chatting with you soon!

Iowa State Online                                                     

  • R9555 E: Communication Specialist II (Communications Specialist II)  
  • R9563: Graphic Designer II (Graphic Designer II)
  • R9554 E: Student Services Specialist II (Student Services Specialist II)  
  • R9592 E: Graduate Student Services Specialist II (Graduate Student Services Specialist II)

Enterprise Instructional Technology Unit  

  • R9565: Manager Media Production (Manager Media Production)
  • R9568: LMS Software Developer (Software Developer II) 
  • R9569: Data Analyst II (Data Analyst II)  
  • R9579: Testing Center Supervisor (Instructional Technology Specialist III)
  • R9571: LTI Process Management (Instructional Technology Specialist II)  

Course Design and Quality Unit  

  • R9589: Manager Online Instructional Design (Manager Instructional Design)
  • R9590: Manager Faculty Support (Manager Instructional Design) 
  • R9594 E: Instructional Technology Specialist II (Instructional Technology Specialist II)  
  • R9556 E: Instructional Designer II (Instructional Designer II)

Staff posting: Open 9/30 – Closes 10/8 

  • R9592 E 
  • R9594 E 
  • R9554 E 
  • R9555 E 
  • R9556 E 

Staff posting: Open 10/3- Closes 10/11  

  • R9563 
  • R9568 
  • R9569 
  • R9571 

Management positions: Open 10/3-Closes 10/20 

  • R9589 
  • R9590 
  • R9579 
  • R9565 

* HR position title is listed in parenthesis

Summer Workshop Series: Best Practices in Online Course Design

This 3-part series will be offered on the following days this summer:Logo that reads Quality Matters Program with the letters QM in red under the centered text.

  • May 17 – 19 (10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., in-person in 2030 Morrill Hall, or view on your own via Zoom)
  • June 20 – 22 (11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., in-person in 0013 Curtiss Hall, or view on your own via Zoom)
  • Jul. 25 – 27 (2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., in-person in 1304 Howe Hall or view on your own via Zoom)
  • Aug. 8 – 10 (10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., in-person in 2200 Marston Hall or view on your own via Zoom)
  • 3 consecutive Fridays: September 15, 22 and 29 (11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., in-person in 2030 Morrill Hall or TBA Zoom)

This series will explore best practices in online course design through the use of the Quality Matters (QM) rubric. Upon completion participants will be able to:

  • Locate CELT’s Quality Matters and online course design resources
  • Describe the Quality Matters standards and how QM can serve as a framework for course design
  • Develop an action plan that includes incremental steps for implementing Quality Matters rubric standards into their online course design

Series Facilitator: Darrin Jones, Program Coordinator, CELT and QM Coordinator

Session Descriptions

Part 1: Preparing Your Students to Learn

What do your students experience when they first interact with your course? This session will focus on developing your course introduction and aligning course and learning objectives with student assessment. Session objectives: recognize tools for introducing your course, create measurable learning objectives to guide your students’ learning, and evaluate different forms of course assessments.

Part 2: Delivering Content and Learning Activities Effectively

How do you know your students are learning? This session will help align your learning objectives with your course’s instructional content, activities and technologies as well as assess student learning and progress. Session objectives: list best practices for presenting instructional materials, apply learning activities that promote various types of interaction, and plan appropriate use of technology in your course.

Part 3: Providing Essential Learner-Centered Support

Is your course learner-centered when students access it? This session focuses on the need for clear support, accessibility and usability for all learners. Session objectives: implement essential learner support modules into your course, apply techniques to promote accessibility, and locate additional universal design for learning tools and resources to make your course accessible.

Register for one of the 3-part series offered this summer via the Learn@ISU website ( or call CELT 515-294-5357

CELT Restructuring Update (Teaching Tip)

People working on a project together

As the rhythm of the fall semester takes hold, we wanted to share a CELT restructuring update with you.

As you know, Iowa State developed a comprehensive strategy for online education – Iowa State Online – that brings together talented staff from across campus (and beyond) to create a seamless unit focused on quality online instruction and student experience, as well as online program growth and innovation. This new structure, which is embedded in CELT, will help promote a consistently high level of quality across all course modalities.

Where are we today?
Much of the work since announcing the CELT expansion with the formation of Iowa State Online has focused on bringing everyone together into a (much larger) CELT family in preparation for the full launch on January 3, 2023.

Key leaders have been identified for the primary functional areas of the unit:

  • Susan Arendt, Director for Iowa State Online
  • Matt Carver, Senior Manager for Enterprise Instructional Technology
  • Clark Coffman, Interim Director for Instructor Development
  • Lesya Hassall, Senior Manager for Course Design and Quality

We’re also still hiring, with several positions available.

What’s happening now?
The CELT leadership team continues gathering important information from key stakeholders and diligently works on operational and logistical details. Be on the watch for a CELT survey or town-hall style meeting soon to gather your input and feedback.

What happens next?
You’re probably wondering how things may change in January, or even now as you prepare for your spring classes.

  • If you are planning your winter session or spring semester classes, continue working with the same person and office you have in the past.
  • Iowa State Online will take a strategic approach to program offerings with decisions made as an institution. We will continue to offer robust instructor development and support for instructors across all modalities.
  • Programs and services such as the Miller Faculty Fellowship, #CyThx, Inclusive Classroom, consultation and observation services, Online Learning Community, and programming will continue with little change – but more people to support this work!
  • Further details about CELT’s services are forthcoming and will be well-publicized within the CELT teaching tip, Inside Iowa State, and through college communications.

And, of course, if you have never taught online but are ready to jump in or are looking to optimize your current or future classes, please email or call 515-294-5357. We’re ready to help and have the expertise and resources you need to succeed.

With a joy for teaching,

Sara Marcketti, Assistant Provost and Executive Director
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Full Teaching Tip

View the published CELT Teaching Tip: CELT Restructuring Update (October 13, 2022).

Prefer a Print Version?

To view the Teaching Tip as a printable document with web addresses, download the CELT Teaching Tip for October 13, 2022 (PDF).

Participate in the 2022 CELT Active Learning Institute

The Active Learning Institute (ALI), coordinated by Megan Myers (CELT Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor, World Languages and Cultures), will guide instructors to practice techniques and design strategies focused on active learning to implement in their courses.

The 2022 ALI participants will attend four 60-minute sessions held on Tuesdays (9–10 a.m., 2030 Morrill Hall): Nov. 15, 29, Dec. 6 & 13, and engage in the online asynchronous course from Nov. 15-Dec. 13. ALI includes two-course observations with feedback, and all participants will receive an Active Learning Certification from CELT. In addition, instructors who participate and provide feedback are eligible to receive $500 in professional development funds! To participate, please complete the 2022 CELT Active Learning Institute Registration form (Qualtrics) by Nov. 9 at 6 p.m.