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April 26-30, 2021

SDSU Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning  

CETL Weekly Bulletin – April 26-30, 2021  


SDSU Spring Conference – Registration Today!

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.

This event will be held virtually via Zoom. 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 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.


Podcast of the Week

Episode #358 – “Sneaky Assignments”

Matt Reed shares about sneaky assignments and student speak outs on episode 358 of the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast.

Listen to this week’s podcast!


Ally Overview Session – On-Demand

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  

Proactive Microresistance in a Microaggressive World

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


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