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February 8-12, 2021

SDSU Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning 
CETL Weekly Bulletin – February 8-12, 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.

Webinar This Week – Reduce Cheating in The Online Classroom: Shifting From Punishment to Prevention

CETL Points – 1 Point

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The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning and the office of Instructional Design Services are collaborating to bring you a professional development opportunity entitled “Reduce Cheating in The Online Classroom: Shifting From Punishment to Prevention.” This event will take place live on Thursday, February 11 from Noon – 1 p.m. 

Academic honesty is a concern in all learning environments, and issues with student cheating are intensified in the online classroom's unique context. Not only do faculty face increased barriers ensuring the student's identity completing each assignment, but they also struggle with the widespread availability of information (including test questions, papers and completed assignments) on the Internet that challenge the validity of traditional assessments. To reduce student cheating in the online classroom, faculty need to shift their focus from prosecution to prevention. Faculty must create a learning environment and assignments that simultaneously reduce motivation to cheat while making cheating more difficult. This webinar examines 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. We will also explore 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.

Plan to join us for this highly impactful professional development opportunity. To register please click here!

Mid-Semester Review Registration is OPEN

The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning is excited to announce that we will again be offering our Mid-Semester Review Program. This semester the dates this service will be available will be approximately one week from February 22 and February 26. The program will look a bit different this semester. To ensure proper social distancing, to avoid adding extra individuals to your face-to-face class and to make this service available to all classes regardless of delivery method CETL has developed a Questionpro survey tool that will be customized to your course. CETL staff will prepare the survey for your class and provide you a link. Students will be asked two questions from two basic areas within the Questionpro survey: 

  1. Think about yourself (the student) and your learning in this course.
  2. Think about the course design, daily flow, and my teaching.

Students will not be identified and the instructor will only receive a copy of the comments in bullet point format. Student comments will remain anonymous. 

Following the Mid-Semester Review faculty participating in this process will be asked to meet with the CETL staff member via Zoom and will receive a copy of the bulleted comments in addition to a brief summary from CETL staff identifying 2 – 3 major themes that emerged during the focus group. These meetings will take no more than 30 minutes. Faculty will be encouraged to discuss the results of the process with their students in order to provide meaning and value to the experience. There is no expectation that faculty will make “changes” but the Mid-Semester Review is a great opportunity to see where your class is at and engage students in communication about the course.

If you are interested in having the CETL assist you in conducting a Mid-Semester Review in one of your courses this semester please contact us. All reviews must be conducted between the dates of February 22 and February 26, 2021. If you are interested or have questions please contact us at Kevin Sackreiter.

2021 Call for Dr. April Brooks Awards in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

In celebration of Women’s History Month in March, the SDSU Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Coalition announces the annual Dr. April Brooks Awards in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. 


These awards recognize the outstanding accomplishments of individuals or organizations, on or off campus, who promote equity in gender and/or sexuality

Individual nominees could include undergraduate or graduate students, faculty, civil service staff, professional staff, administrators or community members. Nominated organizations could include groups on or off campus.

Some of the ways that individuals or organizations promote equity include through the following: education; research, scholarship or creative activity; activism; civic or community engagement; service or outreach; leadership; and mentorship.

Nominees should advance the mission of the WGSS program at SDSU: to educate our university and the public on issues related to gender and sexuality, through innovative curricula, research and/or outreach.

Awards Presentation Details:

Winners will be formally announced at the 2021 Dr. April Brooks Awards Presentation Ceremony, which will be held in person for award winners only and simultaneously via Zoom for all nominees and guests in March 2021. All nominees will be recognized at the ceremony. The final date for the awards presentation ceremony will be selected once award winners are notified and can communicate their availability to attend the limited capacity in person ceremony.

Nomination Requirements:

Please adhere to the word count/page limit for each component; applications that do not follow the word count/page limit will not be considered for the award.

  1. Nomination or self-nomination letter (300-600 words)
  2. One letter of support (300-600 words)
  3. Resume or brief CV (no more than three pages) outlining the nominee’s qualifications for this award

The nomination and support letters should:

  1. Describe how the nominee promotes equity in gender and/or sexuality, on or off campus, including specific examples of how their work meets the mission of WGSS (see above);
  2. Explain why the nominee merits consideration for this award, discussing specific examples of their accomplishments and their impact on the campus and/or community.

Submit nominating materials electronically as a single attachment to by Friday, February 19 at 5 p.m. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours from submission, please resubmit via email.

CETL Teach Those Jacks Webinar Series

Welcome to 2021! We are thrilled to welcome all of you back to campus for the Spring 2021 semester. As you engage in final preparations for the Spring Semester we would like to provide you with a unique professional development opportunity. The CETL Teach Those Jacks webinar series provides faculty with short (approximately 12 minutes) on-demand professional development opportunities. We are excited to roll out the premiere episodes of this series to kick-off the Spring 2021 Semester. For our 1st episode 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

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 click here for more details and Zoom links.

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

Workshops are worth 1 CETL credit each. Please RSVP here 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 January 27, then February 3 - March 10: Wednesday and Friday 9-10 a.m. CT (8-9 a.m. MT)
  • Summer: Session Zero March 15, then March 22 - April 29: Monday and Thursday 9-10 a.m. CT (8-9 a.m. MT)
  • Fall: Session Zero August 9, then August 16 - September 23: Monday and Thursday 9-10 a.m. CT (8-9 a.m. 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 Sara Madsen, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry and Biochemistry, and focuses her utilization of OER and the impact it has had on the student experience.

Sara Madsen – OER Spotlight Video

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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 (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.