Syllabus Statements in Canvas

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Today, Syllabus Statements in Canvas will be available to all Canvas courses. Syllabus Statements will feature the required and recommended syllabus statements in Canvas as a way to communicate consistent messaging to students.

This option can be found in your Canvas course navigation on the left side of your page. For all new Canvas courses, this feature will auto-populate and be visible by default under the Home tab. For existing Canvas courses, you will need to follow the steps on our Syllabus Statements in Canvas page to enable this feature.

Instructors will be able to add their own course-specific or instructor-specific statements to the Syllabus Statements in Canvas features, in conjunction with the required and recommended statements. Review the full Syllabus Statements in Canvas page for more information and details on how to add more statements.

Ball State University Seeking Faculty Research Participants

If you are a faculty member who has taught at least one college-level class as the primary instructor, you’re eligible to participate in a research study being conducted by Ball State University (BSU).

Kelsey Thiem and Mary Kite of BSU are exploring faculty views and practices about sharing teaching materials. The study takes place via Qualtrics and takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. Those who participate will be eligible to receive one of ten Tango gift cards, $10 in value. If you would like to participate in the research, please visit this Qualtrics page.

All materials have been approved by the BSU Institutional Review Board (IRB Net ID 1649675-1). Questions regarding the study should be directed to Kelsey Thiem (, 765-285-8048) or Mary Kite (, 765-285-8197). For rights as a research participant, questions should be directed to the Office of Research Integrity, Ball State University (, 765-285-5052).

Professional development opportunities for deeper learning with CELT

Are your faculty interested in exploring professional development opportunities with CELT? Applications to each of these three key programs are due by August 1, with notification of status occurring by August 15. Click the links below to learn more about each program.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Scholars ProgramThe SoTL Scholars Program involves faculty framing and systematically investigating questions related to student learning to improve their classroom and advance practice beyond it through peer-reviewed presentations and publications. SoTL Scholars meets monthly throughout the 2021-22 academic year.

Teaching and Learning AcademyCELT Teaching and Learning Academy (TLA) participants will attend monthly sessions that address course design, evidence-based teaching strategies, inclusive classroom practices, peer-review of teaching, and documentation of teaching effectiveness. Local experts on college teaching and learning will lead sessions during the academy. Instructors from all disciplines are encouraged to apply for this cohort-based teaching and learning community. TLA meets monthly throughout the 2021-22 academic year.

Teaching Partners ProgramThe CELT Teaching Partners Program (TPP), a cohort-based teaching and learning community, supplements departmental mentoring by pairing a new instructor with a senior instructor from a different discipline who is a successful and experienced teacher. Junior partners should be in their second or third year at Iowa State University. Partners discuss teaching and learning topics, complete classroom observations, and focus on documenting teaching effectiveness for continuous improvement efforts in their teaching portfolios. The TPP meets monthly throughout the 2021-22 academic year.

Seeking applications for two CELT Faculty Fellows positions

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) invites tenured faculty to apply for one of our half-time CELT Faculty Fellows positions for 2021-2023:

Questions regarding the Faculty Fellow opportunities should be directed to CELT Director Sara Marcketti (email or call 515-294-4887).

Applications due April 18 for Miller OER mini-grants

Iowa State instructors can apply for up to $5,000 to help use open educational resources (OER) in their courses during the 2021-22 academic year. OER are educational materials that are free for students and free for faculty to customize, which can improve learning outcomes and make course materials more accessible for all students. Using OER saved ISU students more than $500,000 in 2020-21. Miller Open Education Mini-Grants awarded annually since 2018 provide ISU faculty funds to locate, adopt, adapt, update or create OER. A virtual Q&A for those interested in applying will be held 2-3 p.m. April 2. Applications are due by April 18.

Call for proposals: Teach Access Faculty Grants (Due by Apr. 16th)

The Call for Proposals for our latest round of Teach Access Faculty Grants is now available! Please also consider retweeting our Twitter announcement to help spread the word.

To accelerate the creation and delivery of accessibility-infused college curricula, we will be providing direct awards to full-time, part-time, adjunct faculty or instructional staff at US-based institutions of higher education (community colleges or four-year universities). Awards of $5,000 each will be given to faculty to develop modules, presentations, exercises, or curriculum enhancements or changes that introduce the fundamental concepts and skills of accessible design and development into their existing courses.

The application form can be accessed at the bottom of the Teach Access Curriculum Development Awards page and open until 5 pm PT on Friday, April 16.

Previously funded projects are listed on the UC Boulder’s Promoting the Integration of Universal Design into University Curriculum (UDUC) database.

Questions? Contact Cyndi Wiley,, Digital Access Coordinator, and co-lead the Universities Task Force of Teach Access


Submit course materials now for summer and fall (ISU Book Store)

It’s important for instructors to submit summer and fall semester course material requirements to the ISU Book Store now, giving bookstore staff as much time as possible to overcome any issues with sourcing or shipping. Materials — which could include textbooks, courseware, eBooks, course packets, manuals, open educational resources, or subscriptions — will be listed for the course on AccessPlus. Instructors should submit selections to their department coordinator as soon as possible. Contact Carl Arbuckle, course materials buyer (, 294-0236), or John Wierson, digital course materials buyer (, 294-3501), with questions.

Originally posted in Inside Iowa State.