Category: Teaching Tip

Quick and short tips on teaching practices.

ISU is turning off access to Blackboard on January 5, 2018

On January 5, 2018, Iowa State University will be turning off all access to Blackboard. All Spring 2018 courses that use ISU’s centrally supported LMS will be taught in Canvas. Below are five important steps for the move: Download all grades from Blackboard. When fall semester ends you will want to download the gradecenter, grade … Continue reading ISU is turning off access to Blackboard on January 5, 2018

Embracing Change and Opportunities

Change and continuity are hallmarks of university life. Each semester, teaching and research routines enable us to fulfill professional responsibilities and expectations. We also embrace change, as each semester new students fill our classrooms and lab spaces with open minds and new opportunities to consider the ways in which we successfully teach our subjects. One … Continue reading Embracing Change and Opportunities

CELT Teaching Tip Schedule for 2017-2018

CELT publishes a Teaching Tip, a bi-weekly email newsletter, that includes key resources for teaching effectively; as well as, upcoming programs relevant to teaching. The CELT Teaching Tip will be published bi-weekly throughout this academic year beginning on Thursday, August 17. Sign-up for the email newsletter, via the CELT Teaching Tip sign-up website. Sign-up for … Continue reading CELT Teaching Tip Schedule for 2017-2018

Rethinking Exams

A few weeks ago I read an interesting article titled Rethinking My Exams by Kevin Gannon, Professor of History and Director of the teaching center at Grand View University. One paragraph in particular stood out to me. Gannon wrote “Exams should challenge students and push them to demonstrate their learning. But assessment shouldn’t be weaponized … Continue reading Rethinking Exams

An Update on the Learning Management System (LMS) Review

A review of ISU’s current learning management system (LMS), Blackboard Learn, has been ongoing since October 2016. The review process, co-led by CELT and ITS, is currently moving into the product demonstration and evaluation phase. This phase will provide yet another opportunity for ISU faculty, staff, and students to provide input on the future of … Continue reading An Update on the Learning Management System (LMS) Review

Strategies to Re-engage Students After Spring Break

Welcome back to campus! Spring Break has come and gone and now is a great opportunity to consider new ways to re-engage students after the break. I came across this resource on active learning strategies a number of years ago and have referred back to it many times. The CELT version of this resource is … Continue reading Strategies to Re-engage Students After Spring Break

Creating an Inclusive Classroom

Diversity. Inclusion. These two terms have come to the forefront in many conversations over the past twelve months, including many conversations related to higher education. As a faculty member and teacher I’ve contemplated what these terms might mean relative to my work. Diversity defined: Individual differences (e.g., personality, learning styles, and life experiences) and group/social … Continue reading Creating an Inclusive Classroom

CELT Teaching Tip: Desirable Difficulties Help Student Learning (February 2, 2017)

Students hold a number of misconceptions about learning. Many believe, for example, that the best way to remember something is to read it over and over again, or that the best way to learn multiple different topics is to study each of them one at a time. When students feel that a certain technique is … Continue reading CELT Teaching Tip: Desirable Difficulties Help Student Learning (February 2, 2017)