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April 30 - May 4, 2018

SDSU Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

Weekly Bulletin:   April 30 – May 4, 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.


CETL Consultations Available All Summer

As we begin the transition into summer Shelly and Kevin would like to remind everyone that we will be here throughout the summer to support your teaching and learning needs. We encourage you to drop-in, or set-up an appointment, to discuss successes, challenges, your course development process, or any question you might have related to teaching and learning. Consultations with SDSU CETL are confidential and we strive to provide a supportive and positive setting focused on growth and improvement no matter where you are at in your teaching journey. Feel free to stop in anytime or contact us at to set up an appointment.


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!


FIG: Designing or Re-designing a Course to Increase Student Learning

CETL Professional Development Certificate - 6 Points


Summer Faculty Development Opportunity!!!!!

Do you question whether your students are really learning? Are you concerned with their lack of curiosity and motivation – and yours? Do you struggle to accomplish curriculum goals over the summer months? If so, the FIG: Designing or Re-designing a Course to Increase Student Learning is just the summer FIG for you!

The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning is excited to announce that we will once again be offering a summer Faculty Inquiry Group (FIG).

As defined by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (2008), “Faculty inquiry is a form of professional development by which teachers identify and investigate questions about their student learning.” A FIG offers powerful advantages: the opportunity to acknowledge common challenges and a team approach to finding solutions, the ability to take risks and experiment with new ideas in your classrooms, and the creation of diverse, interdisciplinary networks and trust.

The Designing or Re-designing a Course to Increase Student Learning FIG will focus on the theme of designing significant learning experiences. Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses by L. Dee Fink (2013) will provide the working structure. At the conclusion of this FIG, you will have completed a structured course design or re-design using a collaborative approach that will provide you with support, feedback, and accountability over the course of the summer. Shelly Bayer, Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning’s Assistant Director, will coordinate its facilitation.


FIG: Designing or Re-designing a Course to Increase Student Learning

Sessions will be from 9am-11am in Briggs – Room 130 on the following dates:

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

This FIG will be led by Shelly Bayer, Ed.D. utilizing a “flipped” format, in which you will complete portions of the process prior to each session. The sessions will involve discussing your ideas, and discovering new ones, with interdisciplinary colleagues from across the university. Participation and completion of this FIG will earn participants 6 CETL Professional Development Certificate points. Participation will be limited to 8 participants to allow for a close supportive learning opportunity. If you are interested please contact the SDSU CETL by email at


CETL Professional Development Certificate – Summer Professional Development

The SDSU Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning would like to remind everyone that  the CETL Professional Development Certificate now extends throughout the summer. Faculty members who participate in professional development events with a teaching and learning focus can earn this certificate. Once a faculty member earns 15 certification points they are eligible for the CETL Professional Development Certificate. This is an annual (August 12, 2017 – August 11, 2018) certificate program. Faculty can renew their certificate annually and it can be used as a demonstrator of effectiveness each year certification is achieved. The goal of this program is to provide faculty with a mechanism to document their professional development activities and utilize them in a structured and approved manner as a demonstrator of teaching effectiveness.

Some summer opportunities to earn CETL points towards a professional development certificate:

  • SDSU Spring Conference
  • Faculty Inquiry Group Participation
  • Recorded Workshop & Webinars
  • CETL Book – Read and Submit Reflection
  • Outside Professional Development – Professional Conference with identified teaching impact
  • Instructional Design Services Webinar and Workshops


Summer Reading from the CETL Library

CETL Certificate – 1 Point

The CETL would like to encourage faculty and graduate teaching assistants to stop in and check out the current summer reading opportunities available in the CETL Library. Our library contains some of the most important and current books on teaching and learning. To preview what we have on our shelves you can look by clicking here. In order check out any of the books in our library just stop in or email and let us know if you are interested in having any books forwarded to you. We check books out to faculty for as long as needed and only ask that you return them when finished for others to use.



The SDSU Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning are excited to announce the 2018 SDSU Fall Conference will take place on Wednesday,  August 15, 2018. We are pleased to share with the campus community that Dr. Peter Felten, Professor of History, Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning and Executive Director of the Center for Engaged Learning at Elon University, will be serving as out keynote speaker for the event. The SDSU Fall Conference provides the campus community the opportunity to reconnect and celebrate the start of a new academic year. We are pleased to have an individual with Dr. Felten’s breadth of expertise in higher education joining us this year. The day will allow the campus community to explore the value of the undergraduate education, the role of students and faculty as partners in teaching and learning, high impact pedagogical practices in the classroom, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. A full conference schedule will be coming out over the summer. Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for this engaging day of professional development.


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.


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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