Category: Teaching Tip

Quick and short tips on teaching practices.

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)

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)

Guidance for virtual classes summer 2020

(May 1, 2020) As virtual instruction evolves from the spring semester to summer, it is appropriate to review the best practices for delivering online education, in particular how faculty interact with students. Students’ relationships with instructors is a hallmark of the Iowa State academic experience. This document shares new federal guidelines regarding interaction between instructors … Continue reading Guidance for virtual classes summer 2020

Take a moment to celebrate the end of this semester! (Teaching Tip)

Congratulations on the end of this historic semester in which we shifted from face-to-face to virtual teaching this spring semester! To guide you through the grade submission process, follow the seven steps outlined on the End of Semester Checklist page. As a reminder, grades are due Tuesday, May 12 at 2:15 p.m. (Note: Due to the COVID-19 Temporary Pass/Not … Continue reading Take a moment to celebrate the end of this semester! (Teaching Tip)

4 factors to prepare for remote assessments (Teaching Tip)

So much of the spring semester 2020 is different. As you prepare for your final exams, consider the following factors, and consult the CELT Remote Assessments page for more information. 1. Determine the acceptable evidence of learning Your learning goals are an excellent place to start when considering alternative assessments. Consider: What can I do … Continue reading 4 factors to prepare for remote assessments (Teaching Tip)

Grammarly as a teaching and learning tool (Teaching Tip)

The move to online instruction means both instructors and students are going to be doing a lot more writing. We may not always have time to check our work scrupulously before sharing it, but one slip of grammar or spelling can make a bad impression. Grammarly* can help make the transition to online teaching easier. … Continue reading Grammarly as a teaching and learning tool (Teaching Tip)

“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)