Category: Teaching Tip

Quick and short tips on teaching practices.

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Congratulations on the end of this historic academic year (Teaching Tip)

Congratulations on the end of this historic academic year We did it! We persevered as educators, learners, and members of the Cyclone community. Celebrate innovation; see our first collection of CELT Teaching Briefs from our faculty and teaching community. This collection reminds us of the importance of student engagement, community building, and practice –the same powerful pedagogies adapted … Continue reading Congratulations on the end of this historic academic year (Teaching Tip)

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Student reflection and feedback: Ending the semester on a reflective note (Teaching Tip)

Student reflection and feedback: Ending the semester on a reflective note As you close out the semester, consider ways for students to reflect on the important new knowledge, skills, and growth they have gained in your course and encourage them to share that information with you. Self-Reflection allows students the time and space to consider the … Continue reading Student reflection and feedback: Ending the semester on a reflective note (Teaching Tip)

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A focus on health: Students in addiction recovery (Teaching Tip)

A focus on health: Students in addiction recovery Supporting students in recovery from substance use is a critical issue that the college environment can help facilitate. All students, but particularly those in recovery, benefit from classroom environments that promote a sense of belonging with instructors knowledgeable about ISU resources of support.   We invite you to … Continue reading A focus on health: Students in addiction recovery (Teaching Tip)

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Discover what’s working for your students (Teaching Tip)

Discover what’s working for your students You can learn a great deal about how your students are learning in a course and what adjustments both you and your students might make by asking your students to give your course a mid-term evaluation or periodic feedback. Using a formative course feedback tool such as the Plus/Delta … Continue reading Discover what’s working for your students (Teaching Tip)

A starting point to feeling less stressed (Teaching Tip)

A starting point to feeling less stressed It’s almost been a year since Iowa State University transitioned to remote work and online learning. For most of us, this time has been fraught with uncertainty and stress. While doing one more thing is the last thing any of us need, recognizing our stress and that of … Continue reading A starting point to feeling less stressed (Teaching Tip)

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Finding one more way to encourage academic integrity (Teaching Tip)

Exams are a wonderful way for students to assess their learning and instructors to note progress. But how do we help encourage academic integrity within the testing environment? In addition to including an academic integrity statement on your syllabus, consider one of the following: Before exam time, discuss with students how integrity, honesty, and responsible … Continue reading Finding one more way to encourage academic integrity (Teaching Tip)

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Why don’t they attend? 12 ways to boost student participation in synchronous sessions

Why don’t they attend? (Teaching Tip) 12 ways to boost student participation in synchronous sessions Attendance expectations continue to be challenging due to Covid-19. In the fall semester, we heard from students that they needed and appreciated the flexibility in accessing lecture material; however, they sought more in-real-time experiences. We also heard from instructors that … Continue reading Why don’t they attend? 12 ways to boost student participation in synchronous sessions

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Five strategies for a successful start for your students (Teaching Tip)

January brings with it the comfortable familiarity of a completed fall semester and the newness and opportunities of a spring semester waiting to begin. Before the first day of the semester, consider these strategies to promote student success. Welcome students. Send a welcoming email or Canvas announcement to your class (see the communication strategies page). Let students … Continue reading Five strategies for a successful start for your students (Teaching Tip)

All about grade submission, incompletes, instructional tool updates, and more! (Teaching Tip)

Ready for final grade submission? Fall 2020 grades are due by 2:15 p.m. on Wed., Dec. 9. Use this End of Semester Checklist to submit final grades and conclude your Canvas course. Do you have a student who was unable to complete your course? Follow the process on the manage incomplete grades for students guide. … Continue reading All about grade submission, incompletes, instructional tool updates, and more! (Teaching Tip)

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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)