Sneak Peek

New and Improved ISU Course Template

Coming this summer, the new and improved template has a mobile-friendly, accessible design. You can get a sneak peek now in a Canvas course not tied to student enrollment before its official release later this year.


Easy to use and to adapt, the ISU course template contains the fundamental components for a quality Canvas course. It is pre-loaded with a customizable homepage, syllabus, and “start here” module that includes all the necessary information encouraging student success. The syllabus page contains required (not editable) and recommended (editable) ISU syllabus statements. Also included is a module overview that guides students in what they are about to learn, as well as the scope of work and expected time commitment. Finally, the new course template has “editor-only instructions” and “key action items” that provide instructors with the links and resources to create quality content. 


To begin, request a new course shell and check the box “create from the ISU course template.” You can also visit CELT's Instructional Design Bookings page for assistance getting started using the template. Look for additional information and training opportunities later this spring/summer.

New Workshop Opportunity

Learn Evidence-Based Teaching Strategies

for Supporting Student Success

Ever wonder how to incorporate evidence-based teaching strategies that support student learning and well-being? This workshop will provide the attendee with five best practices along with supporting recommendations. Utilizing active learning strategies, participants will develop an individualized plan of action to effectively promote student success in their “classroom.”

Back to Basics: Tips to Provide a Student-Centric Environment

Christina Campbell & Gretchen Feldpausch

February 13, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

2030 Morrill Hall, 603 Morrill Road

Register Here

ChatGPT Teaching Talks Series

How to Use ChatGPT to Boost Your Research and Teaching

Dr. Abram Anders

February 20, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Virtual via Zoom

Register Here

Next in our ChatGPT Teaching Talks Series, Dr. Anders' workshop is designed to empower faculty with the knowledge and skills to harness the power of ChatGPT, a cutting-edge language generation model developed by OpenAI. We’ll start with a high-level overview of how ChatGPT works, its capabilities, and limitations. Next, we’ll dive into real-world applications and use cases of ChatGPT in both industry and higher education contexts. The highlight of the workshop is a hands-on opportunity where participants will learn basic and advanced techniques for developing prompts and generating outputs using ChatGPT. Faculty will have the chance to experiment with these models and see firsthand how it can enhance their research or teaching. Lastly, we’ll explore the future of AI and writing and its potential implications in higher education. Join us and discover how ChatGPT can help you be a more productive researcher and teacher!

Additional Upcoming Programming


Effectively Managing Disruptive Conduct in Learning Spaces

Dr. Laura Bestler

February 9, 2:10 p.m. – 3 p.m., Virtual via Zoom

Register Here


Session 1: Ideas for Documenting Your Teaching Efforts at ISU

Dr. Cynthia Haynes, Professor & Paul Hengesteg

February 24, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m., Virtual via Zoom

Register Here


Career Preparation in the Land Grant Traditions

Dr. Michael Bugeja, Distinguished Professor

February 27, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., Virtual via Zoom

Register Here

ChatGPT Teaching Talks Series

Session 3

Dr. Christine Denison, Associate Professor

March 9, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., Virtual via Zoom

Register Information to Come

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

ISU Test Center Client Support Phone Number

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.


[email protected]

Gradescope Provides Compelling Alternatives for Paper-based STEM Assessments and Bubble Sheets

Gradescope is an assignment submission, grading, and analytics platform that leverages AI and a logical workflow that makes grading more efficient and standardized. It is a Canvas integration that synchronizes course rosters and grades. Gradescope accepts scanned handwritten submissions for digital grading.

  • Digitally grade both online and paper-based homework, exams, and other assessments

  • Utilize AI-assisted grading, handwriting recognition, dynamic rubrics, and similar answer grouping to streamline and improve grading efficiency

  • Create on-the-fly grading rubrics and easily apply changes retroactively

  • Give more consistent and timely feedback, resulting in improved learning outcomes

  • Get detailed analytics on an individual and class-wide level

  • Create programming and coding assignments

  • Auto-grade bubble-sheet exams, provide student feedback, and link scores in Canvas

Get Started with Gradescope

February 14, 2:30 p.m.

Register Here

Gradescope Bubble Sheets

February 15, 10 a.m.

Register Here

If you need help getting started or adding to your course,

please contact [email protected].

Two Additional University-Wide Offerings:

Annual Inclusive Classroom Training

By faculty request, we added two new offerings of the ISU Annual Inclusive Classroom Training.

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 online synchronous CELT-facilitated program will feature one AY22-23 Student-Centered Scenario to be discussed during small-group work.

Choose one to attend, and use the corresponding Zoom form to register: 

Scenario 4: Supporting an Overwhelmed Student in a Group Project

February 15, 3:10 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Register for Scenario 4

Scenario 5: Supporting Neurodivergent Students

March 10, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Register for Scenario 5

Important Information


Our offices have moved to 2624 Howe Hall. Please visit us in our new space!


Click here to access a full list of FAQs about the restructure and Iowa State Online.


To view our spring 2023 milestones, click here.


Help is available for instructional design and learning technologies (Canvas, New Quizzes, and Top Hat) on demand. Send your request to [email protected], 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.

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

CELT Teaching Tip for FEBRUARY 2, 2023

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