CELT Teaching Spotlight: Lesya Hassall

Lesya Hassall

Lesya Hassall, Ph.D., Instructional Specialist III, Quality Matters Coordinator, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), has been an instructional designer at Iowa State University for 13 years at CELT and another four years with the School of Education. Hassall received the Excellence in Instructional Support COVID-19 Exceptional Effort Award for CELT’s Course Design Institute program’s effective leadership. This honor recognizes a faculty or staff instructor who has made exceptional efforts to support the creative and successful redesign of a course or curriculum for remote or hybrid delivery through instructor training or instructional support.

Hassall’s advice for teaching:

Have a question about ISU’s centrally-supported instructional technologies? Need advice on the design of your online or hybrid course? Considering an innovative teaching approach? Determined to implement inclusive teaching practices?

CELT is one phone call or email message away! CELT instructional designers will hear you out, explain the ins and outs of new technologies, help to connect you to your teaching peers and discuss many other ways in which they can support your teaching through CELT’s services and upcoming programs.   

When we help you, we also learn from you to pass your expertise onto others – it’s a win-win for ISU’s teaching and learning community!  

Hassall would recommend:

I am biased, but Course Design Institute (CDI) is my favorite CELT program! CDI gives time and space to busy faculty members to reflect on the different aspects of their online and hybrid courses: 

  • Is my course easy to navigate?  
  • Are my instructional objectives clear?  
  • How does required and optional coursework build up the learner?  
  • Is the learner’s journey chunked and scaffolded?  
  • Is the practice deliberate and meaningful?  
  • Are my assignment instructions transparent?  
  • How do I use Canvas’s basic and advanced tools to build my course?

CDI participants engage in online synchronous sessions led by ISU’s experienced teaching experts and complete self-paced work designing or redesigning their online and hybrid courses.  

I take enormous pride in this program because it was created to model a productive, intentional, inclusive, and participatory exchange between and among those who care about teaching and learning. Like what happens with thoughtfully designed courses, every iteration of CDI is continuously improved with the feedback from the past participants and session leaders.  

I owe it to the wonderful team of the CELT staffers, CDI co-leaders, such as Drs. Monica Lamm and Ann Gansemer-Topf, CDI presenters and participants who turn every CDI into a community-driven event where we all learn something new about our courses, students, and ourselves as teaching practitioners instructional supporters.

Quality Matters (QM) resources you can use any time 

As an institutional member of Quality Matters, you can access valuable resources to guide your online course design and improve student experiences. Create an account on the MyQM website and check out an impressive list of the following resources: 

  • Accessibility and Usability Resource Site (AURS): Browse this resource and receive reliable information, tips, and tricks on addressing key accessibility and usability concerns in your online courses. 
  • QM Success Stories Webinars: Attend synchronous virtual meetings with experienced instructors who designed and delivered successful online, blended courses. No time for synchronous webinars? Access the QM Success Stories archive on your own terms! 
  • Online Learning Webinars: Join QM experts and quests to discuss various topics related to building success with QM, online learning, and professional growth. 
  • Research Webinars: Explore the latest research on the impact of quality course design on learning. 
  • Bridge to Quality: A QM Online Course Design GuideThis course design guide provide a roadmap for designing courses with the QM Standards in mind.

CELT Teaching Spotlight: Claudia Lemper-Manahl

Dr. Claudia Lemper-Manahl, Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology has spent twenty-four years teaching at Iowa State University. Recently, Lemper-Manahl received the Excellence in Face-to-Face Instruction COVID-19 Exceptional Effort Awards for, “leadership and creativity in ensuring the safety of students and staff in undergraduate in-person microbiology labs.”

Lemper-Manahl’s advice for teaching:

Bringing students back into the laboratory with COVID safety precautions presented one of the biggest challenges of my teaching career. Laboratory courses are close contact and involve partners, teams, shared equipment, and many demonstrations. My advice to others teaching lab courses to insure biosafety:

  • Educating the students before attending class with detailed videos demonstrating the expected safety protocols including entering the building, classroom and most importantly how to wear PPE.
  • Providing all lecture material, quizzes, experimental protocol demos as well results and discussions on Canvas for any students unable to attend the in-person offering.
  • Sending weekly updates and summary of assignments via a video message to aid students with organization and overview of the week’s expectations.

I highly recommend the training I participated in this past summer that helped me to improve my Canvas course and teaching tools for the remote portions of my course. CELT offered a Summer Course Design Institute including Quality Matters and the ISU Template. It was so helpful to have experts available to answer questions and guide all of the instructors on best practices for online delivery.

Claudia Lemper-Manahl

Improve teaching online with these three resources, Dr. David Cantor

Improve teaching online with these three resources, Dr. David Cantor

Dr. David Cantor, Professor of Supply Chain Management & Mark & Terri Walker Professorship in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Ivy College of Business) along with Lauren Eliscu, Teaching Assistant (Supply Chain Management) here at Iowa State. Cantor shares how to improve teaching online with these three resources in this Tip for Teaching video (8 mins).

Discover more about the three quick tips shared in this video on the Team-Based Learning page, CELT about page, and the Quality Matters at ISU page.

Summer Workshop Series: Best Practices in Online Course Design

This 3-part series will be offered on the following days this summer:Logo that reads Quality Matters Program with the letters QM in red under the centered text.

  • May 17 – 19 (10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., in-person in 2030 Morrill Hall, or view on your own via Zoom)
  • June 20 – 22 (11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., in-person in 0013 Curtiss Hall, or view on your own via Zoom)
  • Jul. 25 – 27 (2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., in-person in 1304 Howe Hall or view on your own via Zoom)
  • Aug. 8 – 10 (10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., in-person in 2200 Marston Hall or view on your own via Zoom)
  • 3 consecutive Fridays: September 15, 22 and 29 (11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., in-person in 2030 Morrill Hall or TBA Zoom)

This series will explore best practices in online course design through the use of the Quality Matters (QM) rubric. Upon completion participants will be able to:

  • Locate CELT’s Quality Matters and online course design resources
  • Describe the Quality Matters standards and how QM can serve as a framework for course design
  • Develop an action plan that includes incremental steps for implementing Quality Matters rubric standards into their online course design

Series Facilitator: Darrin Jones, Program Coordinator, CELT and QM Coordinator

Session Descriptions

Part 1: Preparing Your Students to Learn

What do your students experience when they first interact with your course? This session will focus on developing your course introduction and aligning course and learning objectives with student assessment. Session objectives: recognize tools for introducing your course, create measurable learning objectives to guide your students’ learning, and evaluate different forms of course assessments.

Part 2: Delivering Content and Learning Activities Effectively

How do you know your students are learning? This session will help align your learning objectives with your course’s instructional content, activities and technologies as well as assess student learning and progress. Session objectives: list best practices for presenting instructional materials, apply learning activities that promote various types of interaction, and plan appropriate use of technology in your course.

Part 3: Providing Essential Learner-Centered Support

Is your course learner-centered when students access it? This session focuses on the need for clear support, accessibility and usability for all learners. Session objectives: implement essential learner support modules into your course, apply techniques to promote accessibility, and locate additional universal design for learning tools and resources to make your course accessible.

Register for one of the 3-part series offered this summer via the Learn@ISU website (http://learn.iastate.edu) or call CELT 515-294-5357

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 Faculty member speaking with three strudentswhen 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”. The process starts with identifying the course learning goals. Next, you determine the best ways to assess and evaluate if students are achieving these goals. Then after the goals and evaluation strategies are established the course content is considered. Designing and teaching courses this way puts learning first and content coverage second. It can help students achieve higher levels of cognitive development (i.e. higher order learning as described in the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy) than classes that have content coverage as a primary focus.

The CELT website has a set of resources available to help with your course design:

Additionally, CELT is offering a 5-part workshop series- Best Practices in Online Course Design starting January 31st (registration is now closed for the spring series – CELT will be offering this series again in the near future – if you are interested email CELT). The workshop series is based on the research-based Quality Matters (QM) framework. You may learn more about this framework through CELT’s Quality Matters Tracks for Faculty Development website.

(On a personal note, last fall semester I worked with a graduate student in my program to develop a non-credit online course using the Quality Matters framework. It was a big undertaking, but the QM framework provided a fantastic guide and ensured we implemented a number of best practices for online learning. We’ve had great response from many of the participants as well.)

Ann Marie VanDerZanden, Director
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Iowa State’s course in personal and family finance passes quality certification

jeannanationphotoIowa State’s course in personal and family finance passes quality certification: The course, HDFS 283, taught by lecturer Jeanna Nation, recently passed its three-person external course review and can now be referenced as a Certified Quality Matters course. Nation is working through the final paperwork to receive the actual certification, but that should be completed in the next week or so. The course scored 97/99 and an 84/99 was required to pass. Contact Jeanna Nation in human development and family studies or call 515-294-8644.

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More information

For more information about participating in Quality Matters programming, contact CELT assistant director Allan Schmidt, 294-5357.

Visit Quality Matters Tracks for Faculty Development at Iowa State website.