Category: Teaching Tip

Quick and short tips on teaching practices.

Good Teaching Counts: What a Department Chair, Associate Dean, and Professor do with student evaluations

It may still be March, but perhaps you have already thought about the end of spring semester 2018. What do you usually do with the end of course evaluations from students? I have heard some faculty say they dig right in to the evaluations and start making changes to their syllabus as soon as possible … Continue reading Good Teaching Counts: What a Department Chair, Associate Dean, and Professor do with student evaluations

Now that midterms are almost done, how to prepare students for their next exam?

Many instructors grow weary of hearing the question “what’s going to be on the test?” And further, some struggle with helping students effectively study for the exams. In a 2016 Teaching Professor Blog, writer Maryellen Weimer provided teaching activities that can make exam sessions more productive for students and less of a chore for instructors. … Continue reading Now that midterms are almost done, how to prepare students for their next exam?

Using Open Educational Resources to Foster Innovation in Teaching

As the cost of course materials in higher education has climbed to $1,250 a year for undergraduates ( view the Trends in College Pricing 2017 [PDF]) , educators across the United States are beginning to adopt Open Educational Resources (OER) to save students money and encourage student success. OER are openly licensed educational materials that are … Continue reading Using Open Educational Resources to Foster Innovation in Teaching

Advancing student learning while providing valuable teaching feedback

The terms assessment and evaluation are often used interchangeably. However, they are different in their purpose, focus of measurement, and use. Assessment is typically formative, ongoing, and used to identify areas for improvement. Evaluation is summative, product oriented, and used to arrive at an overall grade or score. Classroom assessment techniques are relatively quick and … Continue reading Advancing student learning while providing valuable teaching feedback

Promoting Student Engagement: Building community in the classroom

Learning is a dynamic process in which we make meaning out of new information as connected to what we already know. Learning is also often a social process, as students feel more engaged in classrooms in which they know they are welcomed and contributing member of the community. But how do we build community? Researchers … Continue reading Promoting Student Engagement: Building community in the classroom

CELT’s Award-Winning Faculty Series, innovative programs, and more!

Welcome back to campus! In our first Teaching Tip of 2018, we wanted to highlight a few of the professional development opportunities CELT has planned for you. We are hosting the following outstanding faculty to present in our Award-Winning Faculty Series: Research Mentoring: Providing the opportunity to learn from mistakes, Jan. 23 (12:10 -1:30 p.m., … Continue reading CELT’s Award-Winning Faculty Series, innovative programs, and more!

Canvas… Get Started Now.

Arne Hallam: Associate Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Economics Professor, and Canvas Early adopter shares his advice for this edition of the Teaching Tip. With Blackboard access ending on January 5, 2018, we asked Dr. Arne Hallam, a Canvas early adopter, for his advice on learning the new learning management system in this brief … Continue reading Canvas… Get Started Now.

Advice from a Canvas early adopter, “Be patient. Breathe deeply. Get help [with Canvas].”

In our previous Tip (ISU is turning off access to Blackboard on January 5, 2018) we shared 5 ways to successfully prepare for making the transition from teaching in Blackboard to Canvas. In this issue, our CELT team thought you may be interested in the results of the Canvas early adopter survey. As you may … Continue reading Advice from a Canvas early adopter, “Be patient. Breathe deeply. Get help [with Canvas].”