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CELT's Summer 2023 Course Design Institute

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 backwards 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 a Quality Matters self-review to receive a $500 stipend. All participants will receive feedback and instructional design assistance throughout CDI.


Participant Requirements:

  • Attend four synchronous online meetings: May 16th, May 23rd, May 30th, & June 6th
  • Engage in an online asynchronous course from May 15th – July 28th
  • Redesign at least two Canvas modules using the ISU Canvas course template
  • Meet with CELT team members for consultation and as-needed support
  • Complete a Quality Matters self-review
  • Attend summer teaching technology online training sessions and Quality Matter online workshop (Optional)

To participate, please complete the Course Design Institute Summer 2023 Registration Form (Microsoft Forms) by April 28.

Since we know that optimal academic performance is intertwined with a sense of belonging and well-being, what are those simple, small strategies faculty can do that help in your classroom? Are you running low on ideas, or maybe you’re unsure where to begin? This space will be reserved to talk about creating health-promoting academic spaces and include an open exchange of ideas to promote student wellness in your academic spaces.

Participants will leave with strategies they can infuse into their work with students to promote well-being.


Creating Health-Promoting Learning Environments on Campus

Brian Vanderheyden & Paul Hengesteg

April 13, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall

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Over the last few years, and now with the explosion of AI tools, as seen with the release of ChatGPT, AI is inching closer and closer to becoming more embedded in our daily lives. Generative AI models have sweeping implications for creative practitioners in the arenas of image-making and wordsmithing. Assistant Professor in Art and Visual Culture, Johnny DiBlasi and Olmo Amato, Instructor of Photography at the ISU Rome Program, will present their research and creative practice, which employ generative AI in their art-making processes in different ways.

ChatGPT Teaching Talks Series

Advantages, Questions, and Fears Around AI Uses

in Creative Practice

Johnny Diblas & Olmo Amato

April 21, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Virtual via Zoom

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This tool and study were initiated from VitalSource’s award-winning research on the effectiveness of the “Doer Effect”, a Learn-by-Doing approach based on learning science that improves the overall study experience by helping students discover what they know and where to focus next. The reading and practice data from our study helped us answer the questions “Are they reading the book?” and “How are students using their learning resource?”


Participants can expect to:

  • Review and results of the study conducted in Dr. Odenweller’s courses
  • Demonstration of the AI in action with the BookShelf CoachMe tool and analytics for faculty
  • Receive information on how to implement in future courses


Applying AI-Generated Practice to Textbooks

to Improve Teaching and Learning

Dr. Kelly Odenweller & Dr. Rachel Van Campenhout

April 11, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Virtual via Zoom

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Immediate Access

Iowa State University Bookstore Moves

to Digital First Textbook Model

Iowa State University is committed to accessibility and affordability for all students. For this reason, the Iowa State University Book Store, with support from the Provost Office, Student Leadership, and the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), has instituted a Digital First Textbook Model. This means all course materials with an appropriate digital match will be converted to Immediate Access and delivered digitally through Canvas, which directly contributes to the University Strategic Plan initiative of affordable course materials. Faculty may request print format in lieu of digital at the time of adoption.

Additional Upcoming Programming

Canvas Coffee Chats

Every Wednesday and Thursday

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., Virtual via Webex

Drop Into The Chat Here

ISU Online Learning Community (April)

April 14, 11:300 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Virtual via Webex

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How to Do Team-Based Learning in the Online or Hybrid Classroom

April 21, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Virtual via Zoom

Dr. Meghan Gillette

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Does Instructor Presence in Online Lectures

Enhance Student Engagement?

April 24, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Hybrid via Zoom / Morrill Hall

Dr. Jason Chan & Dahwi Ahn

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

Important Information


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


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 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.


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

CELT Teaching Tip for April 6, 2023

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