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Week of February 6th, 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 6, 2018


Future Faculty Focus Starts Friday

For graduate students planning to seek careers in higher education focused on teaching, the Future Faculty Focus will begin spring sessions this Friday, February 9th at 2pm in Briggs 125. Friday’s topic will be teaching portfolios.


Teaching Gen Z Students: Strategies For Dynamic & Engaging Learning Experiences

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 ~ 12:00-1:00 pm

Where: From Your Office!

This year, 2018, the first wave of Gen Z students will enter the college. Students born after the events of September 11, 2001 have lived in a world entirely different from the one we grew up in and, as a result, bring a unique set of preferences and perspective to their learning experience. While a complete picture of Generation Z is still emerging, some common characteristics are clear; Gen Z students are cynical, private, entrepreneurial and hyper-aware. Also, like Millennials that came before them, Gen Z is technology-reliant and exceptionally skilled at multitasking. Recognizing the skills, traits, and preferences of the Gen Z learner, reliance on traditional instructional strategies is simply ineffective. In this webinar, we will explore challenges associated with teaching Gen Z students and identify innovative (and effective) instructional approaches to create a stimulating, engaging learning environment. Further, we will examine how technology can be integrated into the classroom to create a collaborative, dynamic learning experience that meets the needs of Gen Z students.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Examine strategies for creating interactive learning environments that meet the needs and preferences of Gen Z students
  • Design learning activities that engage students as collaborators in the teaching-learning dynamic
  • Integrate technology to engage and stimulate learning for Gen Z students

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


Training in 20 – CETL Showcase Webinar

What Kinds of Questions Encourage Student Interaction?

Changing how you use questions requires a few simple tweaks to your approach and not a major overhaul of your teaching methods. Learn the subtle things you can do to make your questions more powerful and your classroom interactions with students more fruitful.

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

When using a student-centered approach to teaching, it is important to know the difference between group work and collaborative learning.

Group vs. Collaborative Learning: Knowing the Difference Makes a Difference


When dealing with personal crisis, there are strategies you can implement to maintain your work and yourself.

Teaching During a Personal Crisis


Podcast of the Week

Teddy Svoronos, a lecturer from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, shares his research regarding collaboration in the classroom


GTA Workshops Series Begins Next Week

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). For more information and registration, please follow the link below:

GTA Workshop Series - Spring 2018


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