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Week of April 10, 2018

GTA Weekly Bulletin

Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning 

The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) weekly email bulletin features news, upcoming events, and teaching resources tailored to the teaching needs of Graduate Teaching Assistants at South Dakota State University. It is typically sent on Tuesdays.

Week of April 10, 2018


Update on CETL Teaching Certification

The deadline for submitting documents for the CETL Teaching Certifications was Monday, April 9, 2018. For those who submitted, feedback will be provided via email in the next few weeks.

To honor those earning certification this academic year, there will be a Recognition Ceremony on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 9am at Jack’s Place – located in the basement of the Student Union. Everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information regarding CETL Certification see the CETL website:

Certification Requirements


Final GTA Workshop – This Week!

This spring’s GTA Workshop Series focused on the seven research-based principles of effective teaching emphasized in How Learning Works by Ambrose, Bridges, DiPietro, Lovett, and Norman (2010).

Total workshop attendance for the spring semester sits at 125 with one final workshop opportunity to be held this week. Thank you for your dedication to your professional growth this semester, graduate students!

Due to a speaker conflict earlier this semester, Dr. Tanya Gupta will present her session focused on Learning Principle #1 once this week.

University Graduate Teaching Assistant Workshop #4

How Does Students’ Prior Knowledge Affect Their Learning? (Learning Principle 1)

Thursday, April 12 (1-2pm) – Briggs 130                                   

Presenter: Dr. Tanya Gupta, Chemistry & Biochemistry


Future Faculty Focus – Q&A Panel Friday

The Future Faculty Focus program provides support and resources for those interested in pursuing teaching positions in higher education.

Spring 2018 Schedule

Session 3           Friday, April 13 @ 2pm (Briggs 125)

                             Q&A with New Faculty


Dr. Cydne Perry (Health & Nutritional Sciences)

Dr. Greg Heiberger (Biology & Microbiology)

Dr. Lisa Hager (History, Political Science, Philosophy, Religion)

This is a great opportunity to find out more about what it is like to be a faculty member. Come prepared with questions.

Session 4           Finals Week (TBD)

                            Teaching Portfolio Feedback Session


Training in 20 – CETL Showcase Webinar

How Can I Engage Generation C?

In just 20 minutes, this presentation covers the nature of the Generation C phenomenon and how it relates to classroom management, formative assessment tools, and low- and no-cost techniques for enhancing student engagement. From cell phones to Post-Its, this presentation is full of practical tips on how to connect with students.

This webinar can be accessed by clicking here! You will be asked to login to gain access to the webinar. To utilize the SDSU login please follow the steps found here! Please remember you must complete the free access/subscription information to access these webinars.


Articles of the Week

Are you curious about faculty workload? This article shares a couple of perspectives on faculty workload.

Get a Clearer Picture of Faculty Workload

This article provides a couple of basic ideas regarding interactive strategies for teaching.

Interactive Strategies for Engaging Large and Small Classes Alike

Student perceptions of course workload are rarely based on facts.

Course Workload: What Influences Student Perceptions?


Podcast of the Week

This week’s podcast comes from Teaching in Higher Ed and provides a student’s perspective on different aspects college and learning. This one definitely creates some important takeaways.

A Student's Perspective


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. Contact for more information.

Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning

International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference

2018 Teaching Professor Conference