Category: Teaching News

Dedicated to news and announcements for the CELT community.

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Course Design Institute Receives International Award

CELT’s Course Design Institute (CDI) has received recognition from the United States Distance Learning Association. The CDI received the runner-up position in the International Distance Learning Award “Excellence in Teaching” Award. Those who receive this award or recognition meet the following requirements for the award: [The Excellence in Teaching Award is] given to an outstanding … Continue reading Course Design Institute Receives International Award

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2022 Iowa OER Virtual Summit

Proposals are now being accepted for the 2022 2022 Open Educational Resources (OER) Virtual Summit. Submit today for one of the four types of concurrent presentations: Lightning talks, panels, Birds-of-a-Feather session, or Sage-on-stage session. All presentation times are 45 minutes. They are specifically looking for proposals that cover copyright, evaluation of OER, student involvement with … Continue reading 2022 Iowa OER Virtual Summit

President Wendy Wintersteen, Lesya Hassall, and Provost Wickert post for a picture after an award presentation to Lesya

Celebrating University Award Winners

Yesterday, faculty and staff gathered to be honored for the university’s annual awards. Over 70 faculty and staff members were recognized. One award winner was CELT’s instructional technology specialist, Lesya Hassall. Lesya received the Regents Award for Staff Excellence. The award is described as: [The Regents Award for Staff Excellence] is presented by the state … Continue reading Celebrating University Award Winners

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ISCORE 2022 – Save the Date

Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE) Virtual Conference Pre-conference: Wed., March 2, 2021 The pre-conference is open to Iowa State faculty and staff. Full conference: Thur. & Fri., March 3-4, 2021 This comprehensive forum on issues of race and ethnicity is free and open to the Iowa State University community (students, faculty, and … Continue reading ISCORE 2022 – Save the Date

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It’s OK to Not Be OK

Last week, all faculty and academic advisors received a message about the complexity and intensity of student mental health needs. The following message was shared with students and includes a link to resources. Please consider sharing this information with your students. Feeling stressed, overwhelmed or anxious? With the pandemic, midterms, and everyday life stressors, your feelings are valid … Continue reading It’s OK to Not Be OK

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Supporting Students’ Mental Health Needs

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen the mental health needs of our students become more complex and intense. The challenges of the pandemic, combined with adjusting to new or different social and academic expectations, has impacted every aspect— mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, and social–of students’ wellbeing. Since just the beginning of the fall semester, the caseload in student counseling and other campus support services has almost matched the level of a typical entire academic year. Students have identified struggling with the transition to in-person courses, navigating campus processes, and feeling pressure to perform academically and socially. We are deeply concerned, as are you, about the volume and range of issues our students are facing. We all have a role to play in supporting students both in and out of the classroom as faculty and academic advisors, and as advocates and role models. Your empathy and compassion has never been more crucial for students as they complete coursework while balancing jobs, clubs and organizations, social networks, and family commitments.

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Submit Winter 2021 and Spring 2022 Course Materials (ISU Book Store)

The Iowa State University Book Store is now accepting all materials necessary for classes during the Winter 2021 and Spring 2022 terms. These materials include textbooks, coursework, eBooks, course packets, manuals, Top Hat, other subscriptions, supplies, and OER. Submit all of your course required and recommended materials to your department academic coordinator or contact the … Continue reading Submit Winter 2021 and Spring 2022 Course Materials (ISU Book Store)

Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness, assistant professor of industrial design, instructs students on how to develop sketchnoting skills. Photo by Christopher Gannon 2018

Documenting your teaching 1-2-3

Join CELT’s director, faculty fellow, and staff in a three-part series on documenting your teaching. You can attend 1, 2, or all three sessions held on Fridays throughout October. Participants will find these workshops especially useful for documenting teaching for promotion, tenure, annual review, and professional development. Session 1: Ideas for documenting your teaching efforts … Continue reading Documenting your teaching 1-2-3