CELT Teaching Symposium

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A half-day program encompassing best teaching practices and student support resources available at Iowa State. New faculty, staff with a teaching role and graduate teaching assistants will learn from Iowa State’s educators about how to prepare for a successful first semester of teaching, and explore CELT’s services, resources, and professional development opportunities.

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CELT Teaching Symposium 2020

Tuesday, August 18, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Scheman Building, Iowa State Center, Iowa State University

Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. along with continental breakfast (a light breakfast, typically consisting of coffee, juice and rolls).

Our symposium goals:

  • To recognize the policies, practices and resources that effect teaching and learning at Iowa State University.
  • To explore common student issues, successes and various campus resources for students.
  • To discover the services, resources and development opportunities provided by CELT.

Note: To be included in event food counts, attendees are requested to register prior to August 12. Online registration will close on August 17 at 7:30 a.m.

2020 Faculty and Staff Cohort Agenda*

This cohort includes new all faculty members (tenured, tenure-track, or term), and staff with a teaching role.

To view the previous year’s agenda, download the 2019 Faculty and Staff Cohort Agenda for the CELT Teaching Symposium (PDF)

*Agendas are tentative and will be finalized by August 1, 2020

The Faculty and Staff Cohort includes Faculty (all new tenured, tenure-eligible, and non-tenure-eligible faculty) and Staff with a teaching role.

7:30-8 a.m.

Check-in and Registration/Refreshments, First Floor Lobby, Scheman Building

8-8:10 a.m.

Welcome & Overview, 179/175 (First Floor) Scheman Building

8:10-8:30 a.m.

Iowa State Student Snapshot
Objective: Listen to a broad overview of our students at Iowa State University and how we can best support them

8:30-9:00 a.m.

Building an inclusive and learner-centered syllabus
Objective: Explore ways of intentionally shaping your syllabi to be a more effective tool tailored for the individual contexts of your courses using CELT’s Mindful and Learner Centered Syllabus Checklist (PDF).

9:10-10:00 a.m.

Supporting and Encouraging Student Success Scenarios
Objective: Engaging in a collaborative teaching approach through the use of scenarios to discuss common student issues, successes and key campus resources.

10:10-11:10 a.m.

Achieving Teaching Success: How CELT Can Support You
Objective: Discover the services, resources and development opportunities provided by CELT using strategies from CELT’s Active Learning Techniques (PDF).
(CELT Faculty Fellows and Staff, view our CELT Directory webpage)

11:10 a.m.-11:50 a.m.

Documenting Your Teaching using the DART Matrix
Objective: Recognize your teaching accomplishments so far, document a path for where you’d like to be through the use of the DART Matrix. Visit CELT’s Using the DART Matrix to document Your Teaching website. To learn more about CELT programming, visit CELT’s Events and Registration website

11:50 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


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2020 Teaching Assistant (TA) Cohort Agenda*

To view the previous year’s agenda, download the 2019 TA Cohort Agenda for the CELT Teaching Symposium (PDF)

*Agendas are tentative and will be finalized by August 1, 2020

  • 7:30 – 8:00 a.m.
    Check-in and Registration/Refreshments
    (First Floor Lobby, Scheman Building)
  • 8:00 – 8:50 a.m.
    Welcome and Large Group Activity to Prepare for the First Week of Class
    (Benton Auditorium, 1st Floor)
  • 9:00 – 11:50 a.m.
    Supporting and Encouraging Student Success Scenarios
    (Benton Auditorium, 1st Floor)

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Pre-Symposium Learning Modules

Prior to the symposium, you will engage in online learning modules pertinent to teaching at Iowa State University. Each module will have a video, takeaways or critical reflection questions, and supplemental resources. These will be hosted in Canvas, the academic learning management system.

Below you will:

  • preview the core learning module video playlist
  • discover what topics will be covered in the learning modules and resource modules
  • access the Online Learning Modules in Canvas, the academic learning management system
  • create your Net-ID, if you do not already have one with your University-ID

View the CELT Teaching Symposium: Core Learning Modules YouTube Video Playlist

Learning Modules

The engagement and responses in the learning module (listed below) is instrumental prior to the face-to-face program:

  • Academic Integrity: The Role of Faculty
  • Responding to Student Conduct Issues
  • Faculty Policies Related to Classroom Management
  • Teaching Inclusively at Iowa State University
  • Your Role in the Life of a Student with a Disability – Student Accessibility Services
  • Helping Students Succeed – Student Assistance and Outreach
  • Supporting and Promoting Self-Directed Learners – Academic Success Center

Resource Modules

These modules include symposium information, and teaching resources. The assignment components (takeaways) are optional.

  • Basic Course Design
  • How to Create an Effective Syllabus
  • Preparing for the First Day of Class
  • Teaching & Learning: You, Your Students & the Library
  • Boosting Classroom Engagement with Top Hat
  • Introduction to Canvas, Iowa State’s Learning Management System

*Topics subject to change and will be available after July 1

How will I access to access the online learning module?

CELT Teaching Symposium Online Learning Modules will be available through Canvas, ISU’s Learning Management System, by August 1. To access the course, we will need to have your Net-ID. To get your Net-ID you will need your University-ID.

Where can I find my University ID number?

Your University ID is assigned to you when you receive an ID card (ISU Card). You can find your ID on the front of your ID card or by logging in to AccessPlus with your social security number and clicking on “ISU IDs” on the AccessPlus homepage website. If you have additional questions contact the ISU Card Office, 0530 Beardshear Hall, 515-294-2727

Where can I get my Net-ID?

Your Net-ID is the first part of your Iowa State email address. For example, if your email address is “pat@iastate.edu,” then your Net-ID is “pat.” You choose your Net-ID password when you first register your Net-ID. You will need your Net-ID and password to access services such as your Iowa State email (CyMail or ISU Exchange), Canvas, and site-licensed software. Learn more by visiting the ISU University Accounts website (http://bit.ly/isuaccounts). For questions related to your Net-ID and password and related accounts, contact the Solution Center, 515-294-4000.

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SVPP New Faculty Orientation

Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Scheman Building, Iowa State Center, Iowa State University

All new tenured, tenure-eligible, and term faculty (assistant, associate, or full professors, lecturers, clinicians, and adjunct faculty hired since January 2019) attend an orientation specifically designed for them. The New Faculty Orientation gives new faculty the opportunity to meet with one another as well as with senior administrators at Iowa State. This day will include panel discussions with recently appointed junior faculty who will share their best practices to be successful at Iowa State, tips for your first year from the Dean(s) of your College, presentations on successful research programs and the importance of extension and outreach. Break-out sessions on the Ames community, flexible faculty policies, research funding, mentoring, and much more will be available to answer your questions and get you off to a great start. Senior Vice President and Provost Wickert will share his insight on what it means to be part of a land grant university. This day also provides new faculty with the opportunity to network and to socialize.

Note: To be included in event food counts, attendees are requested to register prior to August 12. Online registration will close on August 17 at 7:30 a.m.

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Where will these events be held?

Both of these events will be held at Iowa State University’s Scheman Building, 1805 Center Drive, Ames, IA 50011-1059. Directions may be found via the map below or visit this Google Map website.


To request reasonable accommodations to participate in one or both of these events or if you have questions please contact us:
  • CELT Teaching Symposium (Tues., August 18 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.): email Karen Couves or call 515-294-5357
  • SVPP New Faculty Orientation (Wed., August 19 from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.): email Megan Peterson or call 515-294-6410 or email Katharine Hensley or call 515-294-8823

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