Feature Interactive Workshop

Internationally Renowned Speaker,

Dr. Todd Zakrajsek, Visits Iowa State

As part of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching's 30th anniversary celebration—and the launch of the university's new enterprise partnership with Top Hat—internationally renowned speaker and expert on creating motivating and engaging classroom communities, Dr. Todd Zakrajsek, will be coming to Iowa State University on April 6.

In this interactive workshop, you will learn the elements of an effective mini-lecture, how to know when to stop lecturing, and the key components of engaged learning strategies. We’ll explore proven techniques that will have an immediate impact on sustaining student attention and increasing mastery of your course content.

There will be a drawing at the end of the seminar for 10 lucky attendees to receive a signed copy of one of Dr. Zakrajsek's books!

Dr. Zakrajsek is an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at UNC–Chapel Hill and the director of five Lily Conferences on College and University Teaching. He is also the author of several acclaimed books, including Advancing Online TeachingDynamic Lecturing, and The New Science of Learning.

Dynamic Lecturing: Strategies for More Engaged Learning

Dr. Todd Zakrajsek

April 6, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Campanile Room, Memorial Union

Register Here

Additional Sessions

Feel free to attend individual sessions on April 5 & 6

Top Hat is hosting additional workshops where you’ll learn how to put dynamic lecturing into practice and use Top Hat to create affordable, customized content for your course.

Feel free to attend individual sessions or enjoy the entire program.

Have a quick question about Canvas or an insight to share? Wondering how your peers use Canvas? Want to follow up on a new Canvas feature?

Beginning on March 22, we will be hosting CELT-powered Canvas Coffee Chats, where the conversation, agenda, and questions you share with us are up to you!

Canvas Coffee Chat

Every Wednesday and Thursday

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., Virtual via Webex

Drop Into The Chat Here

Gradescope Helps with Grading Handwritten Student Submissions

Come learn from our panel about Bubble Sheets and Gradescope Assignments!

Join our virtual panel on April 4 at 11 a.m. to learn how instructors from different disciplines use Gradescope in their teaching! Discover why they find it useful and ask questions about how it could be helpful for you.

Gradescope User Panel: Assignments and Bubble Sheets

Dr. Ulrike Genschel, Statistics

Dr. Robert Overstreet, Supply Chain Management

Dr. Joshua Peschel, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Dr. Ann Smiley, Kinesiology

Dr. Diana Thatcher, Geology and Atmospheric Sciences

April 4, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., Virtual via Webex

Register Here

Consider checking out some of these resources if you want to try out Gradescope yourself before attending.

Gradescope at Iowa State

CELT Gradescope Training Course

Gradescope Getting Started Tutorial Videos

CELT Support, Including Microsoft Bookings

Immediate Access

Iowa State University Bookstore Moves

to Digital First Textbook Model

Iowa State University is committed to accessibility and affordability for all students. For this reason, the Iowa State University Book Store, with support from the Provost Office, Student Leadership, and the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), has instituted a Digital First Textbook Model. This means all course materials with an appropriate digital match will be converted to Immediate Access and delivered digitally through Canvas, which directly contributes to the University Strategic Plan initiative of affordable course materials. Faculty may request print format in lieu of digital at the time of adoption.

Your Input is Needed for Upcoming Changes

The WorkCyte Phase II project to implement the Workday Student and Receivables software is underway. Workday Student will replace current systems like AccessPlus and ADIN in phases. The project team is currently engaged in software configuration, planning communications, and preparing training for transitioning to the new software.


Please take a few minutes to take WorkCyte Awareness Assessment #3. Your dedicated input will help the project team identify and devote resources for leading campus units through this change.


All Iowa State faculty and staff are encouraged to take the survey, even if they do not regularly use AccessPlus, ADIN or other legacy systems. The confidential survey will close Friday, March 24. For questions, please email workcyte_feedback@iastate.edu.

Additional Upcoming Programming

Webinar Series

Session 2: Writing or Revising Your Teaching Philosophy Statement

Karen Menzel, Program Specialist

March 24, 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Virtual via Zoom

Register Here


Create an Inclusive Learning Environment

Dr. Laura Bestler, Program Specialist

March 28, 2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Virtual via Zoom

Register Here


Transition to Gradescope Bubble Sheets

March 29, 1:00 p.m. – 2 p.m., Virtual via Zoom

Register Here

Workshop Series

Session 3: ABCs of Preparing Your Teaching Portfolio

Dr. Cynthia Haynes & Paul Hengesteg

March 31, 12:00 p.m. – 2 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall

Register Here

A full list of upcoming events can be found on our events page.

Important Information


Help is available for instructional design and learning technologies (Canvas, New Quizzes, and Top Hat) on demand. Send your request to celt-help@iastate.edu, and a team member will be in contact shortly.

24/7 Canvas Support

As always, Canvas support is available 24/7 for assistance while our offices are closed. Follow the "? Help" icon in your left navigation bar in Canvas for all the support options available.


ISU Test Centers now has a phone number for client support should you or your clients have questions related to the Test Centers.

Clients are able to reach us during business hours or leave a voicemail during non-business hours, which will be followed up on the next business day.



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CELT Teaching Tip for March 23, 2023

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