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April 6-9, 2021

SDSU Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning  

CETL Weekly Bulletin – April 6 - 9, 2021  


SDSU Spring Conference – Registration Opens Next Week!


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

Save The 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 next Monday, April 12, we will be opening registration for the SDSU Spring Conference: Reinvesting in Our Campus Commitment to General Education. Full details will be announced on April 12, but we will be joined 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.

Look for a formal announcement of the event, the opening of the event website, and event registration on Monday, April 12. We look forward to engaging the campus community in this critical conversation.


Summer Events Announcement on Thursday

The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, and numerous collaborative partners, are excited to share information, this Thursday, April 8, on two summer programming options. The full announcements will have full details and registration information. Specifically look for information regarding the following events:

  • CETL Quick Course – Evaluator or Teacher: Reflecting on Our Feedback Practices
  • 2021 SDSU Sustainability Institute


CETL/IDS WEBINAR: The Butterfly Effect: Reimagining Student Engagement In Online Courses

Wednesday, April 7 from Noon – 1:00 pm

Register now for this Webinar!

Everything we do has the opportunity to cause a Butterfly Effect of renewed inspiration! This interactive webinar will explore techniques for connecting students using a variety of engagement strategies. Some topics include micro-learning lectures, enhanced multimedia elements, and various methods for providing constructive feedback. Through discussion and research-based best practices, you will gain practical design approaches for the online learning environment.

The Butterfly Effect refers to the difference we can make with small changes to how we deliver our lessons online. What you do to make connections purposefully to engage students and present content can shift your group's mindset and connect all in profound ways. Join us to experience this shift and judge for yourself The Butterfly Effect. This webinar will encourage participants to contribute to conversations and download templates they can use immediately.


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

Tuesday, April 13 from Noon – 1:30 pm

Register for the April 13th Webinar!

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

Register for the April 15th Webinar!

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

Register for the April 23rd Webinar!

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

Critical Pedagogy in STEM

“Critical Pedagogy Sort of Insists on a Human Connection in Teaching and Learning” – Sean Michael Morris on the Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast

Rissa Sorensen-Unruh and Sean Michael Morris discuss critical pedagogy in STEM on episode 303 of the Teaching in Higher Ed 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  

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

Building an Immersive and Engaging Virtual Tour Experience


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