Iowa State Online Launches!

Iowa State Online, a newly formed unit within the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), officially launched on January 3, 2023, centralizing expertise in online learning and delivery across campus into a single service center.

We will partner with colleges and departments to provide consistent marketing and branding, student support, and new online program development for Iowa State University online programs.

Iowa State Online ( will be a central point of contact for prospective students exploring online programs at Iowa State University.

The CELT staff became a unit of approximately 45 individuals, working within the collaborative units of Course Design and Quality, Enterprise Instructional Technology, Instructor Development, and Iowa State Online. In spring 2023, we will be piloting our processes and services with selected courses, instructors, and programs.

Our resources continue to be available to all instructors at Iowa State University, with additional CELT service information made available throughout the spring and summer semesters of 2023. Please send any questions to



For access to a full list of FAQs like the examples below, click here.

When was the CELT restructure and Iowa State Online launch announced?

What outreach has occurred since the announcement?

The announcement was publicized on August 18, 2022, with a follow-up article in Inside Iowa State on November 11, 2022. CELT provided additional restructuring announcements on October 13, 2022, and a milestones document on December 6, 2022.


Are online delivery fees still collected?

Delivery fees for online courses ceased in the summer of 2020. 


Where do I go for the Canvas support I once received in my college unit? 

CELT staff will continue to support you inside your Canvas courses, or by directing you to CELT-created resources and Canvas-maintained instructor guides. Instructors may receive 24/7 Canvas assistance by calling the Solution Center at 294-4000 and choosing from the available options or contacting Our goal is to help you develop and manage your Canvas course with a focus on a consistent and high-quality student learning experience.


Who administers the online testing centers?

CELT now manages the online testing centers that were once administered by ELO. In the fall of 2022, CELT convened an ISU Testing Center committee to review existing policies and practices. While recommendations for future policies and practices are still being developed, we have begun to update the Testing Centers website to enhance accessibility and navigation. Contact with inquiries.


Will CELT programming and resources continue to support ALL modes of instruction, face-to-face, hybrid, as well as online?

Yes! Consult CELT's Events Calendar for Professional Development programming.

2 Remaining Online Synchronous

Annual Inclusive Classroom Trainings

As we prepare for the spring 2023 semester, we wanted to remind you of the work we accomplished this past fall with the ISU Annual Inclusive Classroom Training (AY22-23) focus, “Supporting our students through a mindful and learner-centered syllabus.” One activity from the training was how to “make your syllabus matter,” where we discussed in small groups what was new, what works overall, and what works from page 2 in CELT’s Mindful and learner-centered syllabus toolkit (PDF). The overarching takeaway is not only to talk about the syllabus on the first day but continually refer to it as a guide for students to succeed in your course. You can find the recap here.

One faculty member shared this insight, “To make the syllabus a living document,” in their post-workshop reflection.

As a reminder, CELT is offering the online synchronous version of the Annual Inclusive Classroom Training (AY22-23) for: 

  • Faculty who could not attend one of the scheduled departmental training sessions in F2022
  • Faculty and staff who would like to extend their learning by discussing a different scenario from their departmental training

Each of the two remaining online synchronous CELT-facilitated programs

will feature one AY22-23 Student-Centered Scenario to be discussed during

small-group work. To attend, select and sign up using one of the corresponding Zoom forms below:

Scenario 3: Encouraging Student Attendance

January 19, 11:10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Register for Scenario 3

Scenario 4: Supporting Neurodivergent Students

January 25, 2:10 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Register for Scenario 4

CELT Spring Semester

Teaching Assistant (TA) Seminar

All TAs who are new to the ISU classroom or who have received a teaching assignment different from what they have done before are strongly encouraged to attend this seminar. 

In this online workshop, teams of TAs will work together in breakout rooms to solve potential classroom scenarios on various topics such as academic dishonesty, classroom management, and inclusivity. A panel of experts will help TAs discuss appropriate steps to take when these situations occur in their classrooms.


Help us welcome your new TAs to the ISU classroom!


Special Guests

Liz Luiken, Assistant Director, Office of Student Conduct

Kody Henke, Assistant Director, Office of Student Assistance


Facilitated by

Karen Menzel, Program Coordinator for Preparing Future Faculty


Online Workshop: Spring Teaching Assistant (TA) Seminar

January 13, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Register Here

Important Reminders

Contact Us!

Start of Semester

Spring semester runs from January 17 – May 12. Remember to review the Start of Semester Checklist for resources to help you begin your Spring course setup.

24/7 Canvas Support

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

Seeking support with instructional design?

Help is available for instructional design, technology, New Quizzes, and Canvas during Open Labs, Monday – Friday from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. at 3015 Morrill Hall. We are also available to meet online via this Webex meeting room link

If you prefer to meet outside these hours or have a support question, please email to create a ServiceNow ticket, and notify our team. Note: To provide efficient support, please include your course title, ask your question(s) or describe the issue(s) with steps to replicate it when you email us.

Prefer a print version? Click below to view our Teaching Tip as a printable pdf.

CELT Teaching Tip for JANUARY 6, 2023

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