As we wrap up September, we remind all instructors that midterm grades are due in two weeks and provide you with tools and guides to assist you with the grade submission process.
CELT Teaching Tip • September 28, 2021
Midterm Preparations: Reminders and Guides
As we wrap up September, we would like to remind you of the upcoming Midterm grade deadline and provide you with guides to assist you in the grade submission process.

Midterm grade submissions for Fall 2021 are due on Friday, Oct. 15, by 2:15 p.m. CELT's guide to quizzes and exams provides information on assessment types, available tools and resources, and best practices surrounding the use of remote proctoring options. Then, review the key concepts for grading in Canvas before using ISU AdminTools to submit grades. This tool will walk you through a few self-guided checks of your gradebook, then automatically transfer your identified midterms to the Office of the Registrar.

If you have any questions about the grade submission process or have any problems, email [email protected] to create a ServiceNow ticket, and one of our team members will work to assist you.
With a joy for teaching,

Sara Marcketti
Director, CELT

Documenting your teaching 1-2-3
Join CELT’s director, faculty fellow, and staff in a three-part series on documenting your teaching. You can attend 1, 2, or all three sessions held on Fridays throughout October. Participants will find these workshops especially useful for documenting teaching for promotion, tenure, annual review, and professional development.
Session 1: Ideas for documenting your teaching efforts at ISU with Sara Marcketti, Oct. 1 (12-1 p.m., online - register via Zoom)
Using an ISU-centered checklist, participants will determine areas of their teaching that they have already well documented and discover ideas for additional evidence of good teaching.
Session 2: Writing or Revising your teaching philosophy statement with Karen Bovenmyer, Oct. 8 (12-1 p.m., online - register via Zoom)
This interactive workshop will help guide you through the core areas (objectives, methods, evaluation) of writing or revising your teaching philosophy statement.
Session 3: Workshop: ABCs of Preparing Your Teaching Portfolio with Cynthia Haynes & Paul Hengesteg, Oct. 15 (12-2 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall, register through Learn@ISU)
This in-person workshop, the third in a series or stand-alone, brings elements of effective teaching together so faculty can organize evidence of their teaching, analyze their effectiveness, and create their teaching narrative. Participants will identify themes in their teaching feedback from themselves, peers, and students and connect them to their teaching philosophy statement.
#CyThx Teaching Spotlight: Laura Greiner
In this teaching spotlight, we highlight #CyThx recipient Laura Greiner, Animal Science:
Upcoming Events (Sept. 30-Oct. 21)
Register for the events listed below by searching CELT’s Upcoming Events page or CELT’s channel on the ISU Events Calendar. Additionally, we can help register you by emailing [email protected] with your name, email, department, and program you plan to attend.
Workshop, Myths of Mindfulness with Douglas Gentile, Oct. 5 (12:10-1:30 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall)
In this workshop, Douglas Gentile, Professor (Psychology), will explore several myths of mindfulness and do some practices to see how to begin a sustainable personal practice. Register via the Learn@ISU website.
Award-Winning Webinar, You didn't let me down with Paola Pittoni Oct. 6 (3-4 p.m., online)
Paola Pittoni, Associate Teaching Professor (Mechanical Engineering), shares ten ways to connect with students using techniques for building mutual respect while navigating the boundaries between your authentic self and teacher personal. Register via this Oct. 6 Webex link.
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Where to Find Support
CELT Open Labs

Visit 3015 Morrill Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. through Dec. 3 for assistance with Canvas or other pedagogical questions/concerns.
Email CELT

Email [email protected] to submit a ticket and request a specific one-on-one with a CELT staff member. Make sure to include the course title and any questions you may have.
IT Solution Center

You can email the ISU Solution Center ([email protected]) or call them (515-294-4000) for technical support. You may also call and follow the prompts to speak with a Canvas representative for support.
24/7 Canvas Support

You may also call 515-294-4000 and follow the prompts to speak with a Canvas representative for support. You can also live chat with Canvas through this link.
Prefer a Print version?
To view the Teaching Tip as a printable document, download the CELT Teaching Tip for September 28, 2021 (PDF).