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April 12-16, 2021

SDSU Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning  

CETL Weekly Bulletin – April 12 - 16, 2021 


SDSU Spring Conference – Registration is Open!

SDSU Spring Conference: Reinvesting in Our Campus Commitment to General Education

Date: May 10, 2021, from 9 – Noon

The South Dakota State University Academic Affairs Subcommittee on General Education and the SDSU Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning are excited to announce that registration is officially open for the SDSU Spring Conference: Reinvesting in Our Campus Commitment to General Education to be held May 10, 2021. We are thrilled to be joined for this event by Peter Felten, Executive Director of the Center for Engaged Learning, Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning, and Professor of History at Elon University, who will deliver the event keynote entitled “Relationship-Rich Education and the Value of General Education and Student Success.” The event will bring together faculty, advisors, administrators, and student affairs professionals to engage in a comprehensive conversation about South Dakota State University’s commitment to general education. Throughout the morning, participants will engage in campus-wide and individual unit conversations to learn about impacting student outcomes by reframing the narrative about General Education at South Dakota State University.

Full event details including schedule and registration information can be found by visiting the CETL webpage. Please contact Kevin Sackreiter with any questions about the event. We look forward to welcoming the campus community into this critical student success conversation.


Open Educational Resources Usage Survey Request

The Open Educational Resources Committee at South Dakota State University invites you to participate in a brief survey about your use of OER. OER are defined as "teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others." Unlike traditionally copyrighted materials, these resources are available for "open" use, which means users can edit, modify, customize, and share them. South Dakota State University is interested in who is using OER in their classes, what resources are being used, and the interest in furthering their use. This survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Data from the survey will be used by the Open Educational Resources Committee (a subcommittee of the Library Committee) to help guide our activities in helping faculty and students use these resources on campus. The survey will be sent to the approximately 675 faculty at SDSU. Any questions about the survey or participation should be directed to Shari Theroux or call 605-688-5560. Thank you for your interest in Open Education Resources (OER).

Please access the survey!


CETL Quick Course

Evaluator or Teacher: Reflecting on Our Feedback Practice

Beginning Tuesday, May 11, 2021 and closing Friday, May 21, 2021

CETL Points – Up to 8 points

Targeted feedback enhances the quality of students’ learning. This CETL Quick Course focuses on sharing and exploring teaching strategies that will provide students with more meaningful and balanced feedback. 

This development opportunity will begin Tuesday, May 11, 2021 and end Friday, May 21, 2021. Offered asynchronously with opportunities to engage synchronously, if you desire. Content will be presented using diverse modes, and participants can opt-in to as many experiences as they want. Multiple ways to interact with colleagues will be possible. Up to 8 CETL professional development points can be earned.

Please join us in enhancing teaching and learning at SDSU by participating in this self-paced development opportunity. 


2021 SDSU Sustainability Institute

The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, in collaboration with Jennifer McLaughlin, SDSU Sustainability Specialist, is excited to announce that we will be co-hosting the 2021 SDSU Sustainability Institute. This opportunity will provide SDSU faculty an opportunity to learn about sustainability and how to integrate it into their curriculum through the lens of the courses they teach.  The event will be hosted virtually using Zoom and D2L, with a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous sessions. Brian Campbell, executive director for Iowa Environmental Council, will provide two live sessions discussing the thought processes and pedagogies for how to integrate sustainability. Brian brings years of experience working in higher education and a wealth of knowledge related to integrating sustainability into curriculum. Other sessions will include testimonials from SDSU faculty who have successfully integrated sustainability into their curriculum, a panel discussion centered around sustainability and current events, and highlights of SDSU sustainability efforts and resources. 


CETL/IDS WEBINAR: Alternative Online Assessment Practices: Empowering Students, Ensuring Equity & Maintaining Rigor

Tuesday, April 13 from Noon – 1:30 pm

COVID-19 has thrown into sharp focus the shortcomings of traditional forms of assessment, including extensive, summative final exams. With the controversy around proctoring software and general concerns about fairness and equity in asking students to write high-stakes exams under less than ideal circumstances, faculty have been looking for alternate assessment modes for their courses. This webinar will introduce and discuss various grading and assessment forms that increase student agency and engagement in and with the process. These approaches include contract grading, specifications grading, ungrading, student self-assessment, and others. Participants will have a clearer understanding of these concepts using strategies for incorporating them into their teaching practices.


CETL WEBINAR: Implementing Universal Design For Learning To Benefit All Learners

Thursday, April 15 from Noon – 1:00 pm

This webinar will introduce you to Universal Design for Learning (UDL), especially as newly revised for higher education (CAST, 2014). You will discover how to implement UDL in the design of your online course environment so that it creates places for best teaching practices to take place in the classroom and beyond. This is best accomplished through an incremental approach, using a “next 20” series of milestones—achievements that can be attained in the next 20 minutes, 20 days, and 20 months (Tobin, 2014).

This webinar uses active-learning techniques and provides use-them-now resources for participants. Especially by relating UDL to broader access benefits for all learners, this session’s activities serve as a model for participants to re-frame accessibility and inclusion conversations there. The presenter further discusses using technology to support teaching interactions that are applicable to both online instruction and face-to-face instruction.

This webinar posits diversity in its most inclusive form: instead of relying solely on providing accommodation services to learners with disabilities—which is most often a last-minute, ad-hoc, reactive process—adopting UDL as part of an institution’s culture of course design and teaching practices allows all learners to benefit, regardless of their place on the ability spectrum.


CETL Webinar: Supporting Non-Binary Students: Strategies For Understanding, Resource Development & Inclusion

Friday, April 23 from Noon – 1:00 pm

Recent data suggests that nearly one-third of younger Americans (i.e., those from the Millennial and Generation Z cohorts) personally know someone who uses gender-neutral pronouns. Additionally, data also suggests that 60% of people from Generation Z think that forms and online profiles should offer options beyond merely “man” and “woman.” And finally, data suggests that younger people identify within the broader LGBTQ+ community at much higher rates than previous generations.

In this introductory webinar, you will gain an understanding of the challenges facing non-binary students in educational settings. More specifically, we will address the following:

  • What the identity, ‘non-binary,’ means.
  • How class rosters and other forms can create challenges for these students before the first day of class begins.
  • How other institutional challenges can affect their performance in the classroom.

Additionally, attendees will also learn about practical ways to support this emerging student demographic better. We will also discuss the following strategies how to create space for non-binary inclusion in your classroom and how to support resource development for non-binary students across your institution. Please note that this is an introductory webinar that will explore these topics for educators, administrators, and other professionals who are less familiar with specific ways to support non-binary students. However, attendees at all knowledge levels are encouraged to attend.


Podcast of the Week

Episode #365 – “One Year In”

Bonni Stachowiak reflects on learnings as we cross the year COVID mark on episode 356 of the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast.

“While there have been many difficult aspects, there have also been many discoveries.”

Bonni Stachowiak on Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast

Listen to this week’s podcast!


Ally Overview Session – On-Demand

View this recording!

You may have heard that D2L has added a new tool, Ally, to support SDSU's commitment to student success in our land-grant mission. Ally is a D2L tool to improve the accessibility of course contents for all learners. You can use this tool to check your D2L course files accessibility within Content. Overview sessions were provided in mid-January and a recording was made to provide faculty with access to the content from those sessions.


Articles of the Week  

10 Reasons Higher Education is One of the Most Challenging Careers

Active Learning Strategies, Techniques, and Examples You Can Use in Your Course

Microresistance as a Way to Respond to Microaggressions on Zoom and in Real Life


Conferences on Teaching and Learning  

If you are looking for an opportunity to engage in professional development focused on Teaching, Learning, or the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning the following conferences (the majority offered online/virtually for the upcoming year) are great opportunities. If you would like more information about any of these conferences don’t hesitate to ask Kevin Sackreiter.

Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning  

2021 Teaching Professor Conference