CELT Teaching Tip • September 1, 2022

Keep Students Engaged All Semester

A reoccurring theme in CELT focuses on best practices for engaging students in the classroom. As we move forward this semester, these suggestions may help keep your students engaged with the course and its content.

  • Ask for feedback: Solicit feedback in real-time from students to gauge understanding of new course material.
  • Host student (office) hours: Provide students with great access by offering office hours virtually and in person.
  • Plan thoughtful group work: Use the table on the CELT website to see if group work is the most appropriate method of use and follow the tips for facilitating successful group work.
  • Develop participation as a skill: Review the Gillis (2019) framework for ways to reframe participation as a skill that can be practiced, strengthened, and valued by students.

If you are looking for more ways to increase student engagement, check out the CELT website or attend a CELT event.

One event to consider is the webinar taking place on Sept. 8 from 3:10-4 p.m. discussing creating an inclusive learning environment. Creating an equitable and inclusive classroom can foster engagement and encourage student involvement. More information, including how to register, can be found on the CELT Event page.

With a joy for teaching, 

Sara Marcketti

CELT Talks: Large Enrollment Classes

Our first teaching and learning topic discussed this fall will be Large Enrollment classes and will take place virtually. A panel of instructors from diverse disciplines will have up to 15 minutes each to share their expertise in forums on specific topics.

Participants will leave the Zoom session with the top three tips recommended for large classes by each instructor. Registration information can be found on the CELT website.

CELT Talks: Large Enrollment Panelists

Heather Bolles, Teaching Professor of Mathematics

Cristina Bonaccorsi, Teaching Professor of Chemistry

   Jodi Sterle, Professor of

Animal Science

Important Academic Dates

September 2: Last day to opt-out of Immediate Access 

September 5: University Holiday, all offices closed and classes recessed


Subscribe to the Academic Teaching Calendar to save these dates.

Learn About New Quizzes in Canvas - from Canvas!

A Canvas representative will lead two virtual workshops focused on New Quizzes. Registration is required and limited to the first 55 people to register for the events. Both workshops will be recorded for those who cannot attend. More information, including how to register, can be found on our website: 

Upcoming Events by Topic (Sept. 1 - Sept. 16)

Register for the events below on the new CELT Events Calendar found on the CELT website. Additionally, we can help you register if you email celt@iastate.edu with your name, email, department, and which program you would like to attend.

The below topics have upcoming events from Sept. 1 - Sept. 15.



Equity & Inclusion Practices

Mindfulness & Contemplative Pedagogy

Student Engagement

Technology Tools & Strategies

Prefer a Print Version?

To view the Teaching Tip as a printable document, download the CELT Teaching Tip for September 1, 2022 (PDF).

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