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 January 23, 2018
Spring 2018 GTA Workshop Series:
How Learning Works
Each workshop in the series will be based on a researched-based Principle of Learning. Attending these sessions will build your pedagogical knowledge base and teach you highly effective strategies that target each of the research-based principles of learning.
University Graduate Teaching Assistant Workshop #1
How Does the Way Students Organize Knowledge Affect Their Learning? (Learning Principle 2)
Thursday, February 15 (1-2pm) or
Friday, February 16 (11am-12pm)
Presenter: Dr. Febina Mathew, Agronomy, Horticulture, & Plant Sciences
Registration Link: https://gtaworkshop1sp18.questionpro.com
University Graduate Teaching Assistant Workshop #2
What Kinds of Practice and Feedback Enhance Learning? (Learning Principle 5)
Wednesday, February 21 (3-4pm)or
Thursday, February 22 (1-2pm)
Presenter: Dr. Michael Gonda, Animal Sciences
Registration Link: https://gtaworkshop2sp18.questionpro.com
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)
Presenter: Dr. Nicole Grove, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Registration Link: https://gtaworkshop3sp18.questionpro.com
University Graduate Teaching Assistant Workshop #4
How Does Students’ Prior Knowledge Affect Their Learning? (Learning Principle 1)
Tuesday, March 13 (1-2pm) or
Friday, March 16 (10-11am)
Presenter: Dr. Tanya Gupta, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Registration Link: https://gtaworkshop4sp18.questionpro.com
University Graduate Teaching Assistant Workshop #5
What Factors Motivate Students to Learn? (Learning Principle 3)
Wednesday, March 21 (4-5pm) or
Friday, March 23 (2-3pm)
Presenter: Dr. Mary Bowne, Teaching, Learning, & Leadership
University Graduate Teaching Assistant Workshop #6
How Do Students Become Self-Directed Learners? (Learning Principle 7)
Tuesday March 27 (1-2pm) or
Thursday, March 29 (1-2pm)
Presenter: Dr. Tyler Miller, Psychology
Registration Link: https://gtaworkshop6sp18.questionpro.com
University Graduate Teaching Assistant Workshop #7 Why Do Student Development and Course Climate Matter for Student Learning? (Learning Principle 6)
Tuesday, April 3 (1-2pm) or
Wednesday, April 4 (3-4pm)
Presenter: Dr. Katherine Bertolini, Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
Registration Link: https://gtaworkshop7sp18.questionpro.com
Request a Spring Teaching Observation
The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) is excited to again formally announce the opportunity for Graduate Teaching Assistants to engage in teaching observations conducted confidentially by CETL’s Assistant Director and GTA Training Program Coordinator, Shelly Bayer.
Observations of teaching through the CETL are a supportive, positive, and constructive process that focus on helping GTAs identify and develop their teaching strengths. Observations follow the Peer Observation Model and typically involve an observation followed by a one-on-one feedback session. These observations are strictly confidential between the GTA and Dr. Bayer. The primary goal of the CETL is to focus this process on teaching enhancement.
We strongly recommend scheduling an observation as soon as possible. Once a request for an observation is made, Dr. Bayer will work with the GTA to gather information needed (syllabus, assignments, etc.) to make the process as highly effective as possible.
In order to schedule as observation please send an initial email request to Shelly.Bayer@sdstate.edu ASAP. There is no guarantee that your request can be fulfilled due to the number of requests received and Shelly’s availability. Her schedule fills quickly, so prioritize taking advantage of this service by sending an email today.
Focusing on CETL Teaching Certification Requirements
It’s time to finalize your Certificate of Teaching Excellence or Certificate of Highest Excellence requirements. Write your original syllabus or craft your Teaching Philosophy statement. Brainstorm your demonstrators of teaching effectiveness and turn them into action. Request a CETL observation.
Please stop by the CETL office if you need some guidance. This year’s deadline to submit materials is Monday, April 9th. For those who submitted materials over winter break, thank you! Your feedback is coming soon.
For more information on the CETL Certificates of Teaching Excellence, follow the link:
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 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.
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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 are great opportunities.