Category: Teaching Tip

Quick and short tips on teaching practices.

Three tips for teaching with open educational resources (Teaching Tip)

Over the past year, there have been many conversations on campus about the use of open educational resources (OER) in the classroom. OER are teaching materials that are free to access and available under an open copyright license (e.g., Creative Commons website). An OER can be as large as a course (textbook, quizzes, and all) … Continue reading Three tips for teaching with open educational resources (Teaching Tip)

Classes cancelled due to the Polar Vortex? Ideas of what to do next (Teaching Tip)

Has one or more of your classes been impacted by Iowa State University’s recent closures due to weather? Here are some ideas to help you navigate the missed class days. Weather (and other emergencies) that cause class cancellations can impact your plan for the whole semester. When this happens, consider these suggestions to account for … Continue reading Classes cancelled due to the Polar Vortex? Ideas of what to do next (Teaching Tip)

A guide on the side or a sage on the stage? (Teaching Tip)

This past week I was working with my elementary age twins on word ladders. In word ladders, clues are provided for children to rearrange letters to make a new word from the one they have just made. For example, from the word “bring,” the clue was: “I did not hear the bell ____. Take away one letter.”

Five things to know before 2019 (Teaching Tip)

Doesn’t everyone appreciate a good checklist? We think so. Naomi Houston’s ProfHacker web post stated, “When properly conceived and used, a checklist ensures communication and confirmation among members of a team and catches errors.” Our checklists can help make your beginning and ending semester routines go more smoothly. Plus, completing checklists not only helps accomplish … Continue reading Five things to know before 2019 (Teaching Tip)

Five things students wish happened in their Canvas courses (Teaching Tip)

The end of fall semester marks the one-year anniversary as Canvas as ISU’s learning management system. In a recent ISU Daily, the editorial board published the article “A year after switch to Canvas, professors need to use site more frequently” and noted, “Canvas is a great tool. It’s easy to learn and its widespread use … Continue reading Five things students wish happened in their Canvas courses (Teaching Tip)

An opportunity to give thanks (Teaching Tip)

Showing thanks through the lesson of grace in teaching Recently, a colleague shared, “The lesson of grace in teaching: From weakness to wholeness, the struggle and the hope” blog post with me. This inspiring talk was written by Francis Edward Su (Professor, Harvey Mudd College) upon receipt of the Mathematical Association of America’s Deborah and … Continue reading An opportunity to give thanks (Teaching Tip)

SoTL at ISU: Improving your classroom through scholarly inquiry

The scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) involves faculty framing and systematically investigating questions related to student learning, with the goal of improving their own classroom, as well as advancing practice beyond it. SoTL ultimately improves student learning by means of scholarly inquiry into teaching and learning processes that also includes sharing results so others … Continue reading SoTL at ISU: Improving your classroom through scholarly inquiry

Piecing it all together: Finding the purpose in the everyday

Recently, I had the opportunity to observe a class. The instructor was engaging and engaged, the students were paying attention, taking notes and actively participating in Top Hat questions peppered throughout the session. As the end of class neared, within earshot, one of the students turned to another and said, “I just wish I knew … Continue reading Piecing it all together: Finding the purpose in the everyday

Midterms: A valuable time for formative assessment

The midpoint of the semester is an important opportunity for students to understand their progress in a course. As an instructor, you can help students understand their standing in the course through midterm grade submission. Midterms are due Friday, October 12 by 2:15 p.m. and can be submitted electronically via Canvas or AccessPlus. More information … Continue reading Midterms: A valuable time for formative assessment