Category: Teaching Tip

Quick and short tips on teaching practices.

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)

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)

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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)