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Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL)
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Hello and welcome back! Here is your weekly curation of ideas, events, and resources to support your teaching and learning efforts. The CETL newsletter is published weekly during the academic year.
  • Quick Reads: First Day of Class; A Plan to Save Time
  • Syllabus and Syllabus Statements Updates; Fall Guidance
  • Get Ready! Drop-In Sessions: August 18 and 19
  • Portfolio Guidelines & Preparation Documents
  • LEAP Indiana Monday Coffee Hour: Call for Proposals
  • Resources for Teaching
  • Calendar of events

Quick Reads

Browse past CETL weekly updates, including:

Syllabus Template and Statements Updates

Get Ready! Teaching Drop-In Sessions

Wednesday, August 18 at 12:30-2 pm, Rice Library 1st floor;
Thursday, August 19 at 11 am-12:30 pm, Zoom link (Meeting ID: 967 3912 5422 Passcode: 252030)

Learn about tools and strategies to help you prepare your courses and enhance your students’ learning. You are invited to drop in to gain teaching tips and get questions answered by CETL, Disability Resources, IT, Online Learning, and Rice Library staff. Topics include:

  • Accessible course documents and videos for ALL students
  • General questions about online courses, VoiceThread and other tools
  • New library tools and content, OER/Zero-Cost course materials, Using library resources as course materials, and Integrating information literacy instruction into courses
  • Blackboard, Zoom, OneDrive/Office365, Multi-factor Authentication, First Day Access, and Questions about 3rd party tools and integrations 
  • Syllabus check-up, First day to set the stage, Fostering student engagement and community, Portfolio guidelines

All faculty and instructional staff are invited to drop in any time on either day. Registration is requested but not required. 

Portfolio Guidelines & Preparation Updates

Documents related to preparing a portfolio for reappointment, tenure, and promotion review have been updated recently. These and additional documents are available on the Provost’s Personnel Decisions website:
  • Portfolio Guidelines (updated June 2021)
  • Portfolio Checklist/outline (updated June 2021)
  • Portfolio FAQs: a supplement to the Guidelines (updated June 2021)
  • Guidelines for Preparing for Electronic Submission of the portfolio (new, June 2021)
  • Optional Covid Impact Statement (new, June 2021)
  • CV template (this is a guide)
  • Application form and Appraisal forms
  • Calendar for Personnel Decisions (updated May 2021)
  • Slides from the June 2021 webinars on portfolio preparation provided
Questions or would like assistance? Please contact Amy Chan Hilton, CETL.

LEAP Indiana Monday Coffee Hour: Call for Proposals

Please consider submitting a proposal 

As a member of LEAP Indiana, USI faculty are invited to submit innovative ideas for the Monday Coffee Hour sessions during 2021-22. These virtual Coffee Hour conversations are an opportunity for informal sharing of innovative pedagogical strategies, techniques, and information focused on increasing the quality of education across Indiana. It is a chance for faculty to have a platform to share what they are doing in their classroom with others who are interested.

The format will consist of a short presentation (no more than 20 minutes) followed by an open discussion facilitated through Zoom on the fourth Monday of the month. Only the presentation portion of the session will be recorded and archived on the LEAP website.

Teaching Resources 

Materials from Recent CETL Workshops

Missed recent CETL online workshops and sessions to help you prepare for your courses, tweak your time management, and plan your portfolio?  View the slides and resources here. Please contact CETL if you have any questions.
  • Time Management and Well-being for Faculty: slides and resources
  • First Week of Class: Setting the Stage for Learning: slides
  • Fostering Student Motivation and Engagement: slides
  • Transparent Assignment Design: Small Changes to Boost Confidence: slides and handouts
  • Assessment for Student Engagement: slides
  • SoTL Workshop with Laura Cruz (Penn State): resources
  • 5th Celebration of Teaching & Learning Symposium: Sessions Slides and Keynote Slides: Balancing Flexibility and Rigor to Support Student Success
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