Category: Teaching Tip

Quick and short tips on teaching practices.

“Uncertainty is a bandwidth stealer”* (Teaching Tip)

Uncertainty strains our mental, physical, and emotional resources. Much like scheduled Canvas, Webex, and Zoom maintenance updates, there are steps that we can take to help our students (and ourselves) feel a bit more certain. I do not know about you, but I am stressed. Stressed about the well-being of my parents in a Covid-19 … Continue reading “Uncertainty is a bandwidth stealer”* (Teaching Tip)

Finding success, FAQs & Canvas basics (Teaching Tip)

This teaching tip includes answers to the most frequently asked instructor questions as well as Canvas basics for those new to ISU’s learning management system (LMS) Canvas. In addition, we want to share how faculty are finding success while delivering content online: ISU news highlighted Steve Butler (Mathematics), Raluca Iancu (Art and Visual Culture) in … Continue reading Finding success, FAQs & Canvas basics (Teaching Tip)

Ready, Set…Here we go online! (CELT Teaching Tip)

As we move to the online environment for teaching and learning, follow these fundamental principles: Keep it Simple Don’t try to create a whole online course now. While commercial and non-commercial companies are flooding your inboxes, now is not the time to try to learn and implement more technology than you and your students need. … Continue reading Ready, Set…Here we go online! (CELT Teaching Tip)

Steps to Begin Course Continuity in Response to COVID-19

ISU will be delivering course content online for March 23-April 3, 2020 (for official information, see the ISU COVID-19 Updates and resources site). The CELT Course Continuity in Response to COVID-19 page will provide instructors with some actions to take when making that shift quickly. To make the course run smoothly during times of emergency, focus on … Continue reading Steps to Begin Course Continuity in Response to COVID-19

Ideas to help students prepare for midterms (Teaching Tip)

Midterms are due March 6, and as students begin preparing, many instructors grow weary of hearing the question “what’s going to be on the test?” And further, some struggle with helping students effectively study for the exams. In a 2016 Teaching Professor Blog, writer Maryellen Weimer provided teaching activities that can make exam sessions more productive … Continue reading Ideas to help students prepare for midterms (Teaching Tip)

Krista Jackson teaching a course at Iowa State University

Inclusive Teaching: A Mindset and a Practice (CELT Teaching Tip)

As we embark on the Annual Teaching Inclusively Workshop, we wanted to share more information and initial feedback on our Inclusive Classroom Workshop. Nearly every University department is on the annual training schedule, with almost 12% of departments already completed. In this first year, we focus our Canvas modules on the topics of Why teach inclusively?; How … Continue reading Inclusive Teaching: A Mindset and a Practice (CELT Teaching Tip)

Creating a sense of belonging in your classroom (Teaching Tip)

Can you think of a recent time when you felt like you truly belonged? That your presence was necessary and that you felt seen, valued, and appreciated? A sense of belonging is a universal characteristic and a basic human need (Maslow, 1962). In his terrific book College student’s sense of belonging: A key to educational … Continue reading Creating a sense of belonging in your classroom (Teaching Tip)

An opportunity to give thanks (Teaching Tip)

Showing thanks through the lesson of grace in teaching Recently, a colleague shared, “The lesson of grace in teaching: From weakness to wholeness, the struggle and the hope” blog post with me. This inspiring talk was written by Francis Edward Su (Professor, Harvey Mudd College) upon receipt of the Mathematical Association of America’s Deborah and … Continue reading An opportunity to give thanks (Teaching Tip)