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Week of February 27, 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 February 27, 2018

GTA Workshop Series Continues Today

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


University Graduate Teaching Assistant Workshop #3

How Do Students Develop Mastery? (Learning Principle 4)

Tuesday, February 27 (1pm-2pm) or Friday, March 2 (10-11am) – SBL 125

Presenter: Dr. Nicole Grove, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Registration Link:


For more information and registration for the entire series, please follow the link below:

GTA Workshop Series - Spring 2018


Future Faculty Focus Spring Schedule Announced

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

Spring 2018 Schedule

Session 2           Friday, March 16 @ 2pm (Briggs 125)

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

Session 4           Finals Week (TBD)

                           Teaching Portfolio Feedback Session


Training in 20 – CETL Showcase Webinar

How Can I Use Simple Gamification Strategies to Engage my Students?

This program explains what you need to do to gamify more courses and ensure students persist even through failure. You’ll be exposed to several effective gamification strategies and examples of each. You’ll also explore how these strategies can foster student persistence and engagement.

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.


Developing Multiple Choice Tests That Assess Higher Order Thinking Skills

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 ~ 12:00-1:00 pm

Where: From Your Office!

Multiple-choice items are widely used due to their versatility in assessing a range of learning objectives; well-constructed multiple-choice questions can target factual knowledge, comprehension, analysis, synthesis, or evaluation. Also, the objective nature of multiple-choice items ensures reliable, efficient scoring and allows for rapid feedback. While there are many benefits to utilizing multiple-choice items, the effectiveness of multiple-choice assessments rests on the quality of the test items and the appropriateness of this type of evaluation in relation to the learning objectives. Participants will learn how to evaluate the value of a multiple-choice test for meeting specific learning objectives, design high-quality, meaningful multiple-choice items, and utilize the outcome of multiple-choice assessments to enhance the teaching-learning dynamic. We will also explore how automated multiple-choice assessments can be used to promote student learning through mastery assessments, maximize instructional time in the classroom and improve student preparation for class activities.


Webinar Objectives:

  • Evaluate the appropriateness of multiple-choice tests in relation to learning objectives
  • Design effective, meaningful multiple-choice items
  • Enhance the teaching-learning dynamic using the outcome of multiple-choice assessments
  • Maximize instructional time in the classroom through automated multiple-choice tests
  • Integrate multiple-choice assessments to improve students’ preparation for class activities
  • Utilize multiple-choice items to engage students during class while simultaneously providing individualized formative feedback

Please REGISTER for this webinar by clicking here! Webinar link/access information will be sent to registered participants prior to the event.


Articles of the Week

The Chronicle of Higher Education indicates some selected new books on higher education:

New Books on Higher Ed

This article promotes the use of CATs, and so does CETL. Many of you have received a list of 50 CATs to implement into your teaching. Here’s why you should do that.

“Everybody with Me?” and Other Not-so-useful Questions


2018 IDS Summer Academies

Instructional Design Services will host the 2018 Summer Academies. The academies are designed to help SDState faculty, staff and graduate teaching assistants develop comprehensive technology skills and competencies in the established SDState Active Learning Cloud environment. The sessions will help meet the challenges of using miscellaneous SDState-supported Cloud services and technology applications.

The academies are hands-on learning workshops on three themes. All SDState faculty, staff and graduate teaching assistants are invited. All sessions will be conducted in Pugsley 105. Participants can select any of the sessions to participate. 

Applicants must complete an online form no later than April 6:

Questions can be directed to:​.


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.

Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning

International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference

2018 Teaching Professor Conference