Training Frequently Asked Questions

Training Frequently Asked Questions

Each question may be toggled to reveal the answer below it. If your question is not answered below, call CELT at 515-294-5357 or email celt@iastate.edu.

Our directive from the senior leadership is for CELT to, “… conduct annual training for faculty in each academic department on the importance of, and approaches to, creating an inclusive classroom environment” which supports the “University actions to address racism and discrimination” outlined in these ten actions (PDF), and President Wintersteen’s message from Nov. 8, 2019 (PDF)

CELT developed 2020 Annual Inclusive Classroom Training, based upon the 2015 Inclusive Classroom framework, in consultation with our CELT Faculty Fellows, the CELT Advisory Board, faculty members, campus partners, and Office of the Senior Vice President & Provost. 

Since 2015, CELT presented the Inclusive Classroom workshops to over 400 individuals. The Inclusive Classroom Task Force, whose membership included faculty senate representatives, faculty, staff members, graduate students, and undergraduate students, developed the 2015 Inclusive Classroom framework for the workshops.

President Wendy Wintersteen, Senior Vice President Provost Jonathan Wickert, and Faculty Senate President Jonathan Sturm share a thank you in the President’s Message for Inclusive Classroom Training YouTube video. This message is for instructors participating in the Inclusive Classroom initiative lead by the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT).

Here is a web article that frames our initial Inclusive Classroom framework: An Inclusive Classroom Framework: Resources, Onboarding Approach, and Ongoing Programs web article (Faculty Focus).

The Provost has indicated that there is an expectation that every faculty member will participate in the Inclusive Classroom annual training. This was outlined in these ten actions (PDF), and President Wintersteen’s message from Nov. 8, 2019 (PDF). Learn more from the SVPP Academic Affairs Campus Climate Initiatives webpage.

The workshops we have facilitated thus far –we have observed that the participants appreciate the opportunity to discuss inclusive teaching with their colleagues.

CELT facilitates the face-to-face program, curates resources and the learning modules. Participation tracking, and organizing the actual training is at the local departmental/unit level; therefore, the department chair/unit leadership is the primary contact.

If you have any questions contact your Dean.

We used the flipped classroom teaching approach for the CELT Inclusive Classroom training. First, you will engage in the pre-workshop learning modules that include readings, videos, and a critical reflection. Then you will connect the material from the learning modules to the active learning exercises facilitated during the synchronous program. Read about this pedagogy on CELT’s Blended Learning and the Flipped Classroom website.

Your engagement in the learning modules is instrumental to the training. The learning modules may take up to 2 hours maximum to complete. The resources provide a foundation for the training, and support of an inclusive Iowa State University teaching and learning environment.

We make every attempt to enroll everyone at least three weeks prior to their face-to-face program – unless the unit schedules within that time frame. Once you are enrolled, you will receive a welcome email with the steps below:

  1. Log into Canvas by clicking on the “Sign Ons” link found in the upper right-hand corner (above the search box) of Iowa State’s home page. Once you are in Canvas, the dashboard displaying course cards will appear for your current courses and the ISU Inclusive Classroom Pre-Workshop Canvas course. 
  2. At the top of your screen, accept the invitation to join the Inclusive Classroom. Click on the ISU’s Inclusive Classroom course card to begin working in the modules. Note: If you received the initial email from us, you were enrolled in the course. If you accidentally chose to not accept the invitation, we will have to re-invite you. Please email celt@iastate.edu to request another invitation.

If you do not see it on your dashboard check your Canvas course list, view the How do I customize my Courses list as a student? web guide. If you still do not see it, email celt@iastate.edu and one of our staff will help you.

For assistance with supported software, networking, and service issues contact IT Solution Center via the Solution Center website, stop by 192 Parks Library, call 515-294-4000, or email solution@iastate.edu

Additional questions about the Canvas environment or other learning support, visit the Online Learner Support webpage.

Each module includes a purpose statement, learning objectives, tasks to achieve the objectives, and a critical reflection question.

All data gathered will be pooled and reported in an aggregated form for use in the training. With this in mind, use netiquette, view ISU Netiquette (PDF).

Simply put it is “Internet Etiquette” or the conventions of politeness about the way we use the Internet and interact with others online. To provide a foundation for civility in the learning environment we promote the following Netiquette at ISU (PDF).

Once you complete a reflection, you will automatically receive full credit of 1858* points. *1858 represents when the Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm (now Iowa State University) was officially established on March 22, 1858, by the legislature of the State of Iowa (Iowa State Sesquicentennial: History of Iowa State website).

Modules

Choose which department you will finish the modules. Upon finishing, create a PDF of your “grades.” Then, if requested you may share it with your department chairs. To do this, follow the steps in the FAQ: How do I know I have completed the modules? directly below this question.

Synchronous Training Component

Choose to attend a department’s synchronous program online, and request that the chair who coordinated that training shares your attendance with the other chair.

As an additional record of your completion of the training component we encourage you to take a screenshot, photo or selfie of the experience to record your attendance.

Here are the 5-steps to creating a record of your progress:

    • Step 1: View your progress via the ‘Grades’ link on the course navigation menu (left side of the screen) in the Inclusive Classroom Workshop Canvas course.
    • Step 2: Record your progress by clicking the ‘Print Grades’ button (upper right corner of the screen).
    • Step 3: Select the ‘Save as a PDF’ option within your operating system.
      • Windows: Select Printer > Highlight Adobe PDF > Click Print > PDF will save to your local computer
      • Apple OS: Use the PDF dropdown menu > Select Save as PDF > Click Save > PDF will save to your local computer
    • Step 4: You may be requested to email your progress to your department chair/unit leader.
    • Step 5: Keep a record in your email/files.

Learn more about Grades from the How do I view my grades in a current course? web guide or this Canvas Grades Overview Vimeo video.

For fall 2020, we will be hosting the training online via web conferencing software. You will want to use a laptop or desktop computer that meets or exceeds the ISU Computer Requirements. A smartphone/device to complete a short self-reflection at the end of the training.

CELT facilitates the face-to-face program, curates resources and the learning modules. Participation tracking, and organizing the actual training is at the local departmental/unit level.

Therefore, it is our hope that the hosting department can send a notification to the chair of your completion.

As an additional record of your completion of the face-to-face component we encourage you to take a photo or selfie of the experience to record your attendance.

Contact the leadership listed on the Training Schedule for Departments page.

I was unable to attend the scheduled trainings during the 2020 spring semester, what can I do?

You will want to attend one of the rescheduled departmental trainings for the 2020 fall semester.

What next?

Inform your department chair/unit leader of the conflict because participation tracking is performed at the local departmental level. Then, arrange to attend another department’s offering of the face-to-face component for the CELT Inclusive Classroom training.

How can I attend another department’s face-to-face program?

Several scheduled trainings on CELT’s Annual Inclusive Classroom Training webpage.

It is important for you (or your department) to reach out to the unit leadership to ensure that it is okay. Locate the unit leadership via the Training Schedule for Departments page and request the Webex registration information.

Who is tracking my participation?

CELT facilitates the scheduled training and curates resources and the learning modules.

Participation tracking and logistics of the scheduled training is completed at the local departmental/unit level. You can request that the hosting department chair notify the chair of your department upon your completion of the workshop. Contact the leadership listed on the Training Schedule for Departments page.

As an additional record of your completion of the scheduled training component, we encourage you to take a screenshot, photo or selfie of the experience to record your attendance.