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
Category: Teaching Tip
Quick and short tips on teaching practices.
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
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
The calendar shows we are more than half way to May and most of us are comfortably into the rhythm of another semester. With that in mind, it might be time to mix it up a bit and help students re-focus their efforts in your course as they prepare for the last push to finals … Continue reading The First 5 Minutes of Class
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
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)
Start with the end in mind. It seems like pretty straightforward advice for a lot of things in life. And, although it isn’t always considered when creating a new course, or modifying an existing one, it can create a very useful framework for course design. Often this approach to course design is called “backward design”. … Continue reading Good Course Design Makes All The Difference
Now that we are mostly through Fall Semester’s Dead Week, it is time to really start thinking about Spring Semester. And, that brings me to the syllabus for your spring course. The syllabus is the ‘first impression’ students have of our course. Because we only have one chance to make a first impression, I believe … Continue reading Don’t Give Me a Paper Syllabus with Hyperlinks ‘Cuz I Can’t Click on Them!
A recent article published by Kern, et al. (2015) provides insightful consideration of the role the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) plays in the academy. The authors state the goal of the paper is “to present a model to assist both faculty and administrators with appropriately positioning SoTL’s role within the academic missions of … Continue reading Framing How You Think About Your Teaching
University classrooms are more diverse today than ever before. With this diversity of students comes the need to ensure the learning environments we create in our courses and in the classrooms are inclusive and designed to support all students. We need to acknowledge and accept students with perspectives other than our own, to diversify our … Continue reading Inclusive Classrooms Benefit All Learners