Level Up Your Course (re)Design

CELT provides faculty across campus with engaging professional development programming to level up course design throughout their teaching careers.

These resources help to improve instruction for students and can lead to faculty seeking external certification from Quality Matters (QM), a global organization dedicated to quality assurance in online education.

Dr. John Monroe, a professor in the Department of History, recently participated in three of these opportunities: Course Design Institute, Applying the Quality Matters online workshop, and Improving Your Online Course 3-week asynchronous course. 

“Having a chance to engage directly with multiple experts is invaluable,” he said of the experience. Read more about what Monroe learned in An 'odyssey' in quality course design: Professor details experience with CELT resources.

Congratulations to four instructors whose courses were

QM-certified this summer:

  • Kevin Kasper, STAT 305, Engineering Statistics
  • Daniel Dobill, AGRON 502, Chemistry, Physics, and Biology of Soils
  • David Cantor, SCM/MIS 440, Supply Chain Information Systems
  • Jacqulyn Baughman, ME 270, Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design

We applaud your dedication to your students and work in obtaining this certification!

Iowa State Online

Chatbot Goes Live

Iowa State Online is bolstering its mission to be student-centric. As such, it has recently unveiled an innovative chatbot on its website, iowastateonline.iastate.edu.

This intelligent virtual assistant promises to enhance user experience by providing timely support and information on courses, admissions, and more. The chatbot’s deployment is a significant step towards improving accessibility and engagement for prospective and current students. It also serves as an additional point of contact for online programs and their program-specific advisors.


Learning communities are a great way to foster collaborative partnerships between students and instructors while addressing barriers to educational excellence.

Large Enrollment Learning Community

Open to anyone teaching a large enrollment course at ISU.

October 6 | November 3 | December 1

New Instructor Learning Community

Open to anyone with a teaching role, regardless of being new.

October 9 | November 13 | December 4

Online Learning Community

Open to anyone looking to share best practices; see how others use ISU's LMS,

and gain information on existing and new web-based instructional technologies.

September 15 | October 13 | November 10 | December 8

OER: Call for Participation

2023 Communities of Practice

The Iowa Open Education Action Team is excited to announce the second annual call for participation for our OER Communities of Practice! The purpose of these communities of practice (CoPs) is to support instructors across the state who want to connect with peers over a shared interest in open educational resources (OER).

Participants in this program will have the chance to foster connections, build expertise, and identify, adapt, or create OER to support their work. This year, instructional designers are also encouraged to apply to build connections with the instructors in the CoPs.

This free program will have limited availability, with only the 3-4 teams* created based on the disciplines with the highest level of expressed interest. Even if you applied last year and were unable to participate, we encourage you to reapply.

$100 will be provided at the end of the academic year to support individuals who participate.


  • Applications are due: September 15, 2023 
  • Applicants will be notified about the status: September 29, 2023 
  • Kickoff event with guest speaker: October 9, 2023

Apply now to participate in the 2023/2024 OER Communities of Practice!

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 September 14, 2023

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