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April 16 - 20, 2018

SDSU Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

Weekly Bulletin:   April 16 - 20, 2018


The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning weekly e-mail bulletin features news and upcoming events for faculty at SDSU. The CETL offers a broad range of programs, services and resources in a variety of formats. We invite you to participate in any of our activities and programs that meet your professional needs.


Exploring Open Educational Resources

SDSU Spring Conference

May 7, 2018 – Registration Open


CETL Professional Development Points – 3 CETL Points

Location: SSU 262: Lewis and Clark

Click Here to Register!

The SDSU Center for the Enhancement of Teaching, in conjunction with the University Bookstore and Briggs Library Open Educational Resources Work Group, is excited to announce that on Monday, May 7, 2018 we will once again be hosting the annual SDSU Spring Conference. This year’s event will explore Open Educational Resources (OER) and the integration of OER into pedagogy. The day will begin with a keynote presentation by Leslie Kennedy, Ed.D. who leads the Affordable Learning Solutions Initiative for the California State University System. Dr. Kennedy’s keynote will be entitled “Supporting Academic Success with Affordable Course Materials”. The Affordable Learning Solutions Initiative goal is to seek ways to provide equity and access to quality free and low cost learning materials for all CSU students.

Following the keynote presentation a faculty panel will share their experiences integrating Open Educational Resources into their classes, challenges they faced, and how the integration of these resources impacts learning. The morning will conclude with an OER Course Integration Workshop allowing participants to explore potential use of OER in their courses and the discussion of challenges and solutions to integration of open education resources in their classes.


The schedule for the day’s events will be:

SDSU Spring Conference

SSU 262: Lewis and Clark

9:00 am – 9:50 – Keynote Presentation – Leslie Kennedy, Ed.D.

Supporting Academic Success with Affordable Course Materials

10:00 am – 10:50 pm – Faculty Panel

Hear from SDSU faculty who have utilized the Open Educational Resources in their classes and explore successes and frustrations as they made this pedagogical decision.

11:00 – 11:50 am – Open Educational Resources Course Integration Workshop

Participants will explore opportunities for integration of Open Educational Resources in their courses and discuss challenges and solutions to integration of open education resources in their classes.

Please register by clicking here!


IDEA Resources Available

IDEA's Student Ratings of Instruction (SRI) are designed to provide formative feedback that gives suggestions for improvement while providing summative feedback that can be used as a component of a more comprehensive system of faculty evaluation. The SDSU Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning has developed resources to support faculty in their efforts related to IDEA-SRI. Additionally CETL staff is always available to consult with faculty and graduate teaching assistants as they interpret and integrate the feedback received from IDEA-SRI into their practice.

By clicking here you will have access to a webinar presented by staff of The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment and the SDSU CETL  as well as IDEA-SRI Learning Objective Resource Guides developed by CETL staff. We are excited to be able to offer this new resource to the faculty of SDSU.


CETL Webinars of On-Campus Sessions

The CETL is excited to be able to offer opportunities for faculty to participate in CETL workshops when schedules conflict or location doesn’t allow you to join us live. Following participation in the webinar please complete the webinar reflection form (CLICK HERE) in order to receive one CETL Professional Development point for the session. This week’s CETL WEBINARS are the following:


Move From “I Caught You” to “I Taught You” – Offered April 2018 - CLICK HERE TO ACCESS (via Insidestate)

This webinar addresses the different concerns about—and definitions of —“originality” across the units within higher-education institutions; provides a framework of three key types of academic-integrity strategies and matches those strategies to the needs of instructors, departments, and institutions; and offers examples of each academic-integrity strategy, best practices for each, and practical implementation tips.


Developing Multiple Choice Tests That Assess Higher Order Thinking Skills – Offered March 2018 - CLICK HERE TO ACCESS (via Insidestate)

Multiple-choice items are widely used due to their versatility in assessing a range of learning objectives; well-constructed multiple-choice questions can target factual knowledge, comprehension, analysis, synthesis, or evaluation. While there are many benefits to utilizing multiple-choice items, the effectiveness of multiple-choice assessments rests on the quality of the test items and the appropriateness of this type of evaluation in relation to the learning objectives. Participants will learn how to evaluate the value of a multiple-choice test for meeting specific learning objectives, design high-quality, meaningful multiple-choice items, and utilize the outcome of multiple-choice assessments to enhance the teaching-learning dynamic.


Teaching Gen Z Students: Strategies For Dynamic & Engaging Learning Experiences – Offered February 2018 - CLICK HERE TO ACCESS (via Insidestate)

This year, 2018, the first wave of Gen Z students will enter the college. Students born after the events of September 11, 2001 have lived in a world entirely different from the one we grew up in and, as a result, bring a unique set of preferences and perspective to their learning experience. While a complete picture of Generation Z is still emerging, some common characteristics are clear; Gen Z students are cynical, private, entrepreneurial and hyper-aware. Also, like Millennials that came before them, Gen Z is technology-reliant and exceptionally skilled at multitasking. In this webinar, challenges associated with teaching Gen Z students are explored and innovative (and effective) instructional approaches to create a stimulating, engaging learning environment are identified.


Experiential Learning within Sustainability – Originally Offered February 2018 - CLICK HERE TO ACCESS (via Insidestate)

The pillars of sustainability will be reviewed with examples. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on how sustainability can be incorporated into courses and various types of experiential learning. Upon completion of the workshop, participants should have a better understanding of sustainability in experiential learning and have ideas on how to incorporate sustainability into experiential courses.


IDEA SRI Overview and Application – Originally Offered January 2018 - CLICK HERE TO ACCESS (via Insidestate)

This workshop reviews and interprets the IDEA reports with special emphasis on how faculty can use the results to strengthen their teaching and classroom experience. This workshop will be presented collaboratively by CETL and the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.


CETL Showcase Webinar - 20 Minute Mentor Commons

What Do Modern Learners Expect from Their Instructors?

This video will help you analyze your interactions with students, and exploring student perceptions of ideal instructors.

This week’s webinar can be accessed by clicking here! You will be asked to login to gain access to the webinar. To utilize the SDSU login please follow the steps found here! Please remember you must complete the free access/subscription information to access these webinars.


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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 are great opportunities. If you would like more information about any of these conferences don’t hesitate to ask Kevin at

Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning

International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference

2018 Teaching Professor Conference