Category: Teaching Tip

Quick and short tips on teaching practices.

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)

IMPORTANT: Aug. 11th CELT Course Design Clinic now asynchronous delivery

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have moved to an asynchronous delivery for the CELT Condensed Course Design Clinic because of today’s significant storm (also known as a derecho) that impacted Story County and surrounding areas. Many of us have no power or internet. Therefore, we canceled the synchronous portion of the clinic (scheduled for August … Continue reading IMPORTANT: Aug. 11th CELT Course Design Clinic now asynchronous delivery

Get Ready for Fall Semester! (Teaching Tip)

Fall semester, beginning August 17th, is right around the corner. As you prepare, CELT has you covered with website resources, programming, and the ISU Course Template. Of great interest: ISU Course Template: Easy to use and to adapt, the ISU Course Template contains the fundamental components for a quality online course. The template is pre-loaded … Continue reading Get Ready for Fall Semester! (Teaching Tip)

Prepare for Fall 2020 by engaging in summer CELT programs (Teaching Tip)

CELT Summer Course Design Institute (2020) The CELT Course Design Institute (CDI) focuses on course planning, building a student-centered course in Canvas, active engagement strategies, learning assessment techniques, designing a learner-centered syllabus, and implementing accessibility. The Course Design Institute is for four days. Each day consists of a required engagement in a 60-minute synchronous hands-on … Continue reading Prepare for Fall 2020 by engaging in summer CELT programs (Teaching Tip)

Implement online course essentials and guidance for virtual classes summer 2020 (Teaching Tip)

Online Course Essentials (ONCE) is a simple ISU Course Template in Canvas and a straightforward process to assist instructors in including the must-have elements in their online courses. Whether a course is taught entirely online or as a combination of face-to-face lectures with online instructional materials, activities, and assessments, it can benefit from including these … Continue reading Implement online course essentials and guidance for virtual classes summer 2020 (Teaching Tip)