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Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL)
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Hello! This is your weekly curation of ideas, events, and resources to support your teaching and learning efforts.
  • Quick Reads: Designing for Accessibility; Think-Pair-Share and Mid-semester Survey Questions, Part 2
  • Library Lunch & Learns: October 19, 28
  • Student Mental Health: What Faculty Need to Know: October 27
  • Additional Teaching & Learning events
  • Resources for Teaching
  • Portfolio Guidelines & Preparation Documents
  • Calendar of events

Quick Reads

  • Do's and don'ts on designing for accessibility (Pun, 2016; 5 min read): Tips for creating materials for users with low vision, D/deaf and hard of hearing, dyslexia, motor disabilities, on the autistic spectrum, and of screen readers.
  • Think-Pair-Share: Level Up! (The Scholarly Teacher, 2021; 2 min read): This infographic helps you take the basic Think-Pair-Share collaborative learning strategy to the next level.
  • Mid-Course Feedback Survey Question Bank (Lafayette College; 3 min read): Here's a wide variety of questions related to students’ perceptions of how the course is going in general, as well as in terms of diversity, inclusion, equity, and accessibility. Select from this list to create a survey in Blackboard, Microsoft Forms, and Qualtrics.
Browse past CETL weekly updates, including:

Web of Science: Rice Library Lunch & Learn

Thursday, October 19 at 12-1 pm |

Web of Science database introduction. Upcoming sessions (see details here) include: Increase your scholarly presence with SOAR (Scholarly Open Access Repository) at USI on Tuesday, October 28.
Questions: Contact Peter Whiting, Scholarly Communication Librarian,

Student Mental Health: What Faculty Need to Known

Wednesday, October 27 at 12-1 pm | Zoom ID: 931 6075 3253

This virtual panel event and will focus on the importance of access to mental health services and highlight potential signs of student distress faculty and staff should be aware of and the campus resources available to address these issues.
The event is open to all USI faculty and staff and is organized by the Center for Social Justice Education (CSJE). Please contact Dr. Elissa Mitchell ( with questions.

Additional Teaching & Learning Events

  • Designing a Virtual Exchange: How to Integrate Global and Intercultural Learning into Any Course, MondayOctober 25, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, Zoom. LEAP Indiana Fourth Monday Informal Conversations about Important Ideas. Register here.
  • CUMU Learning & Sharing Virtual Series: October 28-December 14: A variety of Promising Practice and Lightning Sessions in 5 issue areas: Student success and wellbeing; Campus and community partnerships; University strategy and infrastructure; Racial equity and the urban mission; and Anchor mission implementation. USI is a member of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), providing you free access to these events.
  • IUPUI Advancing Teaching and Learning with Technology, November 5, 9 am–12:30 pm, Zoom. Keynote by Thomas Tobin (University of Wisconsin - Madison) who will be sharing three low-effort, high-impact teaching strategies to improve our classes in the "new normal." More information and registration on the ATLT website.
  • LEAP Indiana's Spring Book Club: Kevin Gannon’s newest book Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto. Since USI is a member of LEAP Indiana, you are eligible to receive a complimentary copy of the book. Register by November 30.
    Join in discussions of Gannon’s book during 4 Zoom sessions at 1 pm on: January 21 (featuring the Introduction through Chapter 2), February 4 (Chapters 3, 4, 5), February 18 (Chapters 6, 7, 8), and February 25 (Chapters 9, 10, Coda).

Teaching Resources 

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