Iowa State Online Launches Dynamic Professional Development Website for Working Professionals

Iowa State Online’s NEW professional development website contains several

non-credit course offerings, with the intention to expand offerings for working professionals wanting to gain general knowledge, learn a new skill, upgrade existing skills, or even develop their personal interests.

These short-term, non-degree courses are aimed at fostering growth and competencies, providing a platform for professionals to evolve with the changing demands of industry.

Iowa State University Joins UPCEA

Iowa State Online spearheaded an institutional membership of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA). UPCEA champions leadership in the fields of professional development, continuing education, and online learning by organizing groundbreaking events, conducting cutting-edge research, and facilitating networking opportunities.

A membership offers you access to view past and attend upcoming programming. You can also sign up for daily updates on professional, continuing, and online education news.

Connect with Susan Arendt ( to be added to the FREE membership list.

Michael Bugeja’s presentation, “A Culture of Gratitude: Best Practices for Promotion and Tenure,” discusses the difference between gratification and gratitude in the advancement process, covering such basics as shared governance, annual reviews, awards, mentorship and P&T practices. He also shares best practices in creating a viable dossier, identifying themes that affirm your trajectory and impact of your scholarship. Finally, he discusses the chair’s and candidate’s responsibilities with regard to mentorship, creating a communal “grateful” experience that enhances departmental morale.

Register Today!!

November 1st, 2 P.M., Online via Zoom

Submissions open November 1st!

Registration Opens October 26th

Course Design Institute (CDI)

The CELT Course Design Institute (CDI) gives Iowa State University’s instructors skills, time, and space for designing or substantially revising their courses. CDI resources and discussions explore the concepts of backward and accessible course design, assessments, and activities. Instructor participants will re-design at least two modules in their Canvas course using the new ISU Canvas course template.

Participants must also complete other Canvas assignments and activities to receive a $500 professional development stipend. All participants will receive feedback and instructional design assistance throughout CDI.

Participant Requirements:

  • Attend four synchronous online meetings: January 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th, from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Engage in an online asynchronous course from December 11th – February 2nd 
  • Redesign at least two Canvas modules using the ISU Canvas course template
  • Meet with CELT team members for consultation and as-needed support
  • Complete Canvas activities, assignments, and quizzes
  • Complete a Quality Matters self-review

Please review the CDI Winter 2024 MOU and complete the CDI Winter 2024 Registration Form (Microsoft Forms) to participate.

The form will open on October 26th and close on November 15th.

Participants will be notified of acceptance and added to the Canvas course by December 1st.


Important Information


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.


CELT’s Media Production team supports students and faculty with accessible course delivery and digital education technology providing professional multimedia content production services to instructors for online courses and media services for various projects beyond academic coursework, including marketing initiatives and grant proposals.

Media Production Information

Media Classroom Request Form


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

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.


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

CELT Teaching Tip for October 26, 2023.

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