Category: Teaching Tip

Quick and short tips on teaching practices.

Good Course Design Makes All The Difference

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

Don’t Give Me a Paper Syllabus with Hyperlinks ‘Cuz I Can’t Click on Them!

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!

Framing How You Think About Your Teaching

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

Inclusive Classrooms Benefit All Learners

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

Time to Apply for the CELT Miller Faculty Fellowship Program

The Miller Faculty Fellowship has been in existence at Iowa State University since 1996. The competitive grant program supports faculty members to “enhance their scholarly work in the undergraduate academic programs of the university and to develop innovative approaches to enhance student learning”. Over the course of twenty years, the Miller Fellowship Program has funded … Continue reading Time to Apply for the CELT Miller Faculty Fellowship Program

Finding New or Better Ways to Engage Our Students in the Classroom

I’ve spoken to a number of colleagues from across campus over the past few months and asked them what their teaching plans were for this fall semester. One of the common themes in our conversations was their desire to find new or better ways to engage students in the classroom environment. For some that meant … Continue reading Finding New or Better Ways to Engage Our Students in the Classroom

Welcome Back

Welcome Back! As a kick-off to the new semester, I wanted to share a recent article from The Chronicle about Syllabus Day titled, The Absolute Worst Way to Start the Semester. It got me thinking how to maximize time with my students on the first day of class this fall. It is a quick read … Continue reading Welcome Back

Your Feedback is Needed: Flipped Classroom Learning Community Planning for Summer 2016

Summer 2016 is approaching and CELT is in the process of planning programming for May and June. We would like your feedback about scheduling a Flipped Classroom Learning Community during this summer. Please take a few minutes to read through the faculty learning community description and goals and complete the short survey to let us know what month and time would work … Continue reading Your Feedback is Needed: Flipped Classroom Learning Community Planning for Summer 2016

SoTL Scholars Program

A quick reminder this week that the deadline to apply for the 2016-2017 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Scholars program is coming up after Spring Break. This yearlong program provides a framework and mentorship to help a faculty member complete a SoTL research project. Sara Marcketti, CELT Associate Director for SoTL leads this program … Continue reading SoTL Scholars Program

Using Service-Learning to Deepen Students’ Understanding of Course Content

Service-learning has long been an effective way to help students develop a richer understanding of a subject and also apply what they are learning in a tangible way. Bringle and Hatcher (1996) defined service learning as: “a credit-bearing, educational, experience in which students participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs, and … Continue reading Using Service-Learning to Deepen Students’ Understanding of Course Content