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Week of April 17, 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 17, 2018


CETL Teaching Certification Recognition Ceremony

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


Future Faculty Focus – Pizza and Portfolios

Teaching Portfolio Feedback Session

Finals Week

(Do you have a preference as to which day?)

CETL will provide the pizza. All you need to do is bring one item that you plan to include in your Teaching Portfolio. Those who attend will eat pizza and provide each other feedback on the Teaching Portfolio items that are shared.

Please email this week if you have a preference as to the day of the week during Finals Week this session is held. It will be held over the noon hour.


Exploring Open Educational Resources

SDSU Spring Conference

May 7, 2018 – Registration Open

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 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 impacted 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.


SDSU Spring Conference Schedule

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!


Training in 20 – CETL Showcase Webinar

What Do Modern Learners Expect from Their Instructors?

This video will help you analyze your interactions with students, and exploring student perceptions of ideal instructors.

This week’s 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

What part can you play in discouraging plagiarism?

Three Keys to Stopping Plagiarism

It’s never too soon.

4 Ideas for Avoiding Faculty Burnout

Hmmm…according to this study, teaching-focused faculty relatively little use of effective teaching practices.

The Five Types of Professors: Which One Are You?


Podcast of the Week

This week’s podcast comes from Teach Better and provides one experts opinion on what is right and what is wrong with course evaluations.

Course Evaluations


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