You can learn a great deal about how your students are learning in a course and what adjustments both you and your students might make by asking your students to give your course a mid-term evaluation or periodic feedback.
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CELT Teaching Tip • March 11, 2021
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Discover what's working for your students
You can learn a great deal about how your students are learning in a course and what adjustments both you and your students might make by asking your students to give your course a mid-term evaluation or periodic feedback.

Using a formative course feedback tool such as the Plus/Delta tool creates an excellent opportunity to discuss the shared responsibility for teaching and learning in a course. You can describe what changes you will (or will not) implement due to their feedback and why.

To get started, view the updated Use formative course feedback page

With a joy for teaching, 

Sara Marcketti, Director
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Midterm grade submissions are due on Mar. 19 (2:15 p.m.)
Review and use the steps in the Grade Submission in Canvas guide.
CELT Teaching Spotlight: Alejandro Plastina
Alejandro Plastina, Associate Professor/Extension Economist, Department of Economics, received the Excellence in Remote Instruction COVID-19 Exceptional Effort Award for adapting ECON 330: Advanced Farm Business Management to an exceptional hands-on and entirely online format.

Plastina shared, "Two major challenges to teaching online were finding ways to engage students in meaningful teamwork during our synchronous sessions and introducing new software skills with only one screen to show students how the software works and implement the analyses simultaneously..." Discover what tools helped in Plastina's Spotlight page.
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  • CELT Teaching and Learning Academy, CELT Teaching Partners Program, and SoTL Scholars! See this Teaching News post.
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Tech Tools
Tips, tricks and opportunities for grading in Canvas with Cristina Bonaccorsi & Amani Elobeid (ISU Online Learning Community) Mar. 12 (11:30-1 p.m.) register via this Mar. 12th calendar entry.
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Explore the benefits of mindfulness in online learning with Karen Couves and Carrie Giese, Mar. 29 (3:20-4:10 p.m.) register via this Mar. 29th calendar entry
Lessons learned from developing a hybrid course with Grant Thompson & Marcus Jansen, Apr. 1 (1-2 p.m.) register via this Apr. 1 calendar entry
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Questions about these updates? Email celt-help@iastate.edu or attend an online training from one of the learning tech partners.

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  • Canvas support: Locate the ? Help menu (far left of your screen in Canvas) and use one of the resources or 24/7 support, call 515-294-4000 (listen to prompts for Canvas support).
  • Technical support: ISU Solution Center, email solution@iastate.edu or call 515-294-4000.
  • Pedagogical support: CELT Response Team is available each Tuesday-Friday (11 a.m.-1 p.m.). Call 515-294-5357. Or, contact our CELT instructional designers by emailing your course title, describing the question or issues you have, and the steps to replicate it to celt-help@iastate.edu. This step will also create a ServiceNow ticket for easy tracking.
  • Local support: Contact your local support.

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