Category: Teaching News

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Six must-knows about Canvas right now (Teaching Tip)

In response to changes made by Canvas and faculty feedback, here are six must-knows about Canvas right now. This information will assist you whether you are new to teaching with Canvas or have many years of experience. Represent grades accurately in Canvas. To align the student and instructor views, make sure you assign students a … Continue reading Six must-knows about Canvas right now (Teaching Tip)

ISCORE Call for proposals

ISCORE Save the Date (Mar. 3, 4-5) | Call for Proposals (Dec. 1)

Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE) Virtual Conference Pre-conference: Wed., March 3, 2021 The pre-conference is open to Iowa State faculty and staff. Full conference: Thur. & Fri., March 4-5, 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 Save the Date (Mar. 3, 4-5) | Call for Proposals (Dec. 1)

How can I make my video lectures effective and engaging? (20-Minute Mentor)

The impersonal, text-heavy nature of many online classrooms makes it challenging for instructors to engage students with course material in an interesting, meaningful way. Video lectures provide an effective way for online instructors to teach content, personalize the learning experience, and evoke social conventions that promote students’ engagement with course material. But, for students to … Continue reading How can I make my video lectures effective and engaging? (20-Minute Mentor)

CELT Position Announcement: Instructional Technology Specialist

Job Group: Professional & Scientific Required Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of related experience Preferred Qualifications: Experience in developing and facilitating faculty development workshops on teaching and learning technologies; Demonstrated proficiency in using Canvas and other videoconferencing tools, such as Webex, zoom, and Top Hat; Demonstrated ability to consult with and support users … Continue reading CELT Position Announcement: Instructional Technology Specialist

How can you create questions that stimulate engaging conversations in online discussion boards? (20-Minute Mentor)

An interactive online discussion has the potential to enhance student engagement, increase learning, foster satisfaction, and humanize the online learning experience. But to gain the benefits available through an online discussion, it is essential that discussions start with an engaging, thought-provoking prompt. Without a thoughtful prompt, there is simply not a reason for students to … Continue reading How can you create questions that stimulate engaging conversations in online discussion boards? (20-Minute Mentor)

Students in a lab at Iowa State University

Strengthen scholarship & energize your pedagogy (Teaching Tip)

While CELT provides various resources to support your teaching, we hope to help strengthen your scholarship. The scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) involves faculty framing and systematically investigating student learning questions to improve their classroom and advance practice beyond it (See the Faculty Handbook covers SoTL under Promotion and Tenure Evaluation and Review, section 5.2.2.3.2). The … Continue reading Strengthen scholarship & energize your pedagogy (Teaching Tip)

Promoting Healthy Community, Ideas from Student Counseling ­Director Christopher Hanes (Teaching Tip)

As a Cyclone community, we are facing an unprecedented challenge. We have been impacted on a personal, local, national, and global level by the COVID-19 pandemic and recent and continued acts of racial and xenophobic violence. These stressors and events have impacted us all in unpredictable and significant ways. Our daily lives’ rhythm and routines … Continue reading Promoting Healthy Community, Ideas from Student Counseling ­Director Christopher Hanes (Teaching Tip)

CELT Position Announcement: Inclusive Classroom Faculty Fellow

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) invites tenured and term faculty to apply for a half-time position as an Inclusive Classroom Faculty Fellow, beginning no later than January 2021. This Faculty Fellow will provide leadership for the Annual Inclusive Classroom Training with opportunities to broaden their understanding of, and experience in, university … Continue reading CELT Position Announcement: Inclusive Classroom Faculty Fellow