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February 16-19, 2021

SDSU Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning  

CETL Weekly Bulletin – February 16 - 19, 2021  

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.   


Ally Help Session and Zoom Live Caption Demo

Plan to join Shouhong Zhang, Lindsey Hamlin, and Kevin Sackreiter Thursday, February 18, for support related to the integration of Ally into D2L. This is an open forum for faculty to bring any questions they may have concerning the integration of Ally into their D2L content. Shouhong will also be providing an overview of Zoom Live Caption during the meeting.

  • Thursday, Feb. 18, Noon, Ally Open Forum & Zoom Live Caption DemoZoom Online


Reminder: SDSU Innovative Educators Access

This is just a quick reminder that all members of the SDSU Community, with a email address, have access to the entire Innovative Educators library of on-demand and live webinars free of charge through our SDSU Go2Knowledge subscription. These professional development offerings are high quality and run the range of higher education topics including teaching/learning, advising, administrative/leadership, student affairs, etc. Please take a look and enjoy access to this high-quality resource.

Please follow the following steps to access the SDSU Go2Knowledge Library:

1)            Go to

2)            Create a personal profile (username and password)

3)            Gain Access to over 400 live and on-demand webinars.

After creating an account you will be able to gain access to the recording of last week’s live webinar entitled “Reduce Cheating in The Online Classroom: Shifting From Punishment to Prevention” which examined the use of a distributed assessment format (integrating formative assessment, student support, and feedback) that reduces reliance on high-stakes assessment and the subsequent pressure to cheat. The facilitator also explored concrete ideas for designing engaging assignments that are not amenable to copy/paste (or Internet look-up) and ensure that students are actively completing assessment activities.


CETL Teach Those Jacks Webinar Series – New Episode Next Week!

The CETL Teach Those Jacks webinar series provides faculty with short (approximately 12 minutes) on-demand professional development opportunities. For our 1stepisode we are joined by Provost Dennis Hedge as he reflects on the Fall semester and looks ahead to Spring 2021. His perspectives on teaching and learning at South Dakota State University provide a unique perspective from his office and encouragement for a impactful Spring 2021. Additional episodes in the CETL Teach Those Jacks series focus on teaching and learning topics from the staff of the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. We have identified topics of relevance to teaching and learning in our unique COVID environment and hope to offer tools to help enhance instruction at the university. A full listing of episodes, along with links, can be found below. Please look for additional episodes throughout the semester.


CETL Teach Those Jacks Series

Episode #1 – Teach Those Jacks: Thinking Back and Looking Ahead with Provost Dennis Hedge

Episode #2 – Teach Those Jacks: Starting Strong – Student Success

Episode #3 – Teach Those Jacks: Starting Strong – Faculty Success

Episode #4 – Teach Those Jacks: Building Community

Episode #5 – Teach Those Jacks: Student Engagement

Episode #6 – Teach Those Jacks: Collecting Student Feedback


Advisor Professional Development Workshops for Spring 2021

The Advisor Training and Development Team is offering two advisor professional development workshops this spring. Workshops are listed below, but please check out details and Zoom links. 

  • Thursday, February 11 from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.: Inclusive and Respectful Communication
  • Thursday, February 25 from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.: Navigating Student Mental Health


Workshops are worth 1 CETL credit each. Please RSVP if you plan to attend either of these workshops.


Better Choices, Better Health® SD Worksite Workshop

SDSU Extension is offering a FREE Better Choices, Better Health® SD Worksite Workshop 6-week series for SDSU employees. Participants will receive a book and relaxation CD and learn new techniques to manage their health and how to balance work and home life with an emphasis on stress management. Register today and you will be entered into a drawing to for the chance to win prizes to help you achieve your health and wellness goals!

Open to all SDSU employees | Limited spots available | Register Today!

  • Spring: Session Zero March 10: Wednesday & Friday 9:00am - 10:00am CT (8:00am-9:00am MT)
  • Summer: Session Zero March 15, then March 22 - April 29: Monday & Thursday 9:00am - 10:00am CT (8:00am-9:00am MT)
  • Fall: Session Zero August 9, then August 16 - September 23: Monday & Thursday 9:00am - 10:00am CT (8:00am-9:00am MT

For more information, email or call 1-888-484-3800.


Open Education Resources Resource Spotlight

Open educational resources are materials for teaching or learning that are either in the public domain or have been released under a license that allows them to be freely used, changed, or shared with others. OER may include everything from a single video or lesson plan to a complete online course or curriculum and also include the software platforms needed to create, change, and share the materials. This spotlight section of the CETL Weekly Bulletin will highlight OER, faculty implementation of OER, and provide resources for the use of OER in courses at SDSU.

Initially please view a short overview of SDSU Open Education Resources provided by Briggs Library by SDSU System and Discovery Assistant Librarian Shari Theroux.

Open Education Resources Overview Video

Today’s OER Spotlight Faculty Feature is presented by Mandy Orth, Lecturer in Biology and Microbiology, and focuses her utilization of OER and the impact it has had on the student experience.

Mandy Orth – OER Spotlight Video


Articles of the Week  

Boosting Student Motivation Through Connected Reflection

Tell Your Students You Love Them, Appropriately


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 email Kevin Sackreiter.

Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning  

2021 Teaching Professor Conference