CELT’s New Website- Same Great Resources but Easier to Use

If you’ve been to our website  recently you’ve likely noticed our new design and layout. Over the past eight months we’ve worked with a ‘user experience’ (UX) expert to help us reimagine the CELT website. As part of that redesign, we pared down the content to represent the current work we are focused on and to streamline resources we know receive a lot of traffic on the site. There are four main categories; Events & Registration, Teaching, Faculty, and Graduate Students and Post Docs.

The teaching section is by far the largest section and has been significantly refined and reorganized. Within this section we’ve grouped content relative to broad themes of what we do when we teach and these subsections include: Creating an Inclusive Classroom; Effective Teaching Practices; Teaching Format; Facilitating Learning with Technology; Blackboard Best Practices; Preparing To Teach; and Assessment and Evaluation. We still provide pedagogical support for Blackboard (through the website and in person) but the technical support for Blackboard, including online resources, was moved to the ITS Solution Center in August 2015.

The faculty section includes subsections on Documenting Your Teaching; Programs; and Funding Opportunities. The Programs subsection includes information about the professional development programs CELT offers, one of which I would like to promote in this Teaching Tip- The SoTL Scholars Program. This yearlong program provides a framework and mentorship to help a faculty member complete a scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) research project. Sara Marcketti, CELT Associate Director for SoTL leads this program and guides participants through a series of activities all aimed toward a completed and publishable SoTL project. Information about the SoTL Scholars Program is available on the website and the deadline to apply is March 28, 2016.

We think we have the bugs worked out on the new website, but if you discover something we’ve missed please let me know! And, if you have other feedback about the new site you would like to share, please contact me (vanderza@iastate.edu).