Category: Teaching Tip

Quick and short tips on teaching practices.

Students studying at the ISU Library

Five factors for success in remote assessment (Teaching Tip)

As you prepare for your final exams, consider the following factors: Ask yourself: What ways can my students demonstrate what they know? How can I make it more meaningful/authentic? How can I incorporate knowledge creation? Consider the impact of proctored exams. Faculty should consider other assessment strategies to adapt to our unprecedented situation, only using proctored exams when … Continue reading Five factors for success in remote assessment (Teaching Tip)

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)

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)

Encouraging thoughtful participation (Teaching Tip)

Teaching synchronously online poses unique challenges for encouraging thoughtful participation. The ability to foster student participation is especially true if you teach a face-to-face course simultaneously with students attending the course online. We asked ISU Faculty (and surveyed the literature) to share these strategies for engaging students. Build community. It is challenging to volunteer an … Continue reading Encouraging thoughtful participation (Teaching Tip)

How CELT can support your teaching (Teaching Tip)

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), established in 1993, focuses on our mission of “Partnering with educators to advance student-centered learning at Iowa State University.” We provide resources for instructors, faculty, staff, graduate students, and postdocs interested in teaching. Below you can explore a few ways that we can help support your … Continue reading How CELT can support your teaching (Teaching Tip)

Guidance for Supporting Community Expectations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

At Iowa State University, our students, faculty, and staff’s health and safety are always significant considerations. Concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, all ISU community members need to recognize that it will take a community-wide effort to keep everyone safe and healthy. This guidance encourages accountability to a community of care, which reflects not only self-care behavior … Continue reading Guidance for Supporting Community Expectations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Helping students achieve success (Teaching Tip)

This fall semester brings more complications than any semester before. However, many fundamental aspects of teaching at Iowa State University remain the same. Our students bring their dreams and their aspirations with them to Ames. Whether the students know exactly what to study or are still figuring out their focus, it is our opportunity and … Continue reading Helping students achieve success (Teaching Tip)