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Week of January 26, 2021

GTA Weekly Bulletin

Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning 

Week of January 26, 2021

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.


Upcoming Events…                

Lunch & Learn with Dr. Praveena Kanchupati-University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Former Graduate Teaching Assistant at SDSU, Dr. Praveena Kanchupati will share her recent experiences with the hiring process in higher education and her current role at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The Lunch & Learn format is casual and will provide you with the opportunity to ask questions and guide your learning. Praveena is excited to answer your questions and share her experiences. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 @ 12pm @



Certificate Support Session – Advice from Previous Certificate Earners

Are you interested in learning more about the Certificates of College Teaching Development offered by CETL? Or, maybe you’re working on one or more of the certificates and could use some guidance or support? Attend this session and learn from those who have successfully completed the certificate process. 

Monday, February 8, 2021 @ 4pm @



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 can be done in-person, via Zoom, or recorded presentations. 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 you 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 ASAP. An observation is also one of the requirements of the CERTIFICATE OF COLLEGE TEACHING DEVELOPMENT – PRACTICE I certificate.


Podcast of the Week

This week’s selection is part of the Learning Scientists Podcast series and features two university students sharing their experiences with online learning during a pandemic. 

Student Perspectives on Online Learning in the Pandemic


Article of the Week

Feedback is key to learning. Let’s enhance your ability to give effective feedback!

Participation Feedback


Spring 2021 Programming – It’s All Set!

The entire semester’s offerings have already been determined. Hopefully, knowing the schedule now will allow you to fully engage throughout the semester. Please refer to the CETL website for a comprehensive view of this semester’s programming:

Spring 2021 GTA Programming


Certificates of College Teaching Development 

The Certificates of College Teaching Development are an excellent way to develop your teaching capacity. The initial certificate is completely accessible online and builds foundational knowledge in effective teaching. The additional two certificates are practice-based with feedback.  Earning college teaching development certificates can greatly enhance your teaching and prepare you for faculty positions in higher education. For more information refer to:

If you are interested in pursuing one or more of the certificates, please email and indicate your interest in enrollment information. 

Graduate students who have already enrolled are encouraged to continue working on the certificate requirements using the Training House website:

If you are finding some aspects of the certificate challenging to complete due to the current COVID environment, please reach out to Dr. Bayer to discuss alternative suggestions.


Self-care Resource for Graduate Students

Are you experiencing stress? Are you experiencing anxiety? The life of a graduate student is challenging, now more than ever. 

Check out this video created by three SDSU professors focused on stress, stress management, and self-care. They ask great questions, and then they provide an opportunity to practice with a couple of tools. 

Self-Care Isn’t Selfish:


Go, Big! Go, Blue! Teach those Jacks!


Shelly Bayer, Ed.D. (she, her, hers)

Learner – Achiever – Discipline – Focus – Harmony

Assistant Director, Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach

Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning (CETL)

Briggs Library 126, Box 2115A

Brookings, SD 57007

Phone: 605-688-4085

“Be the change you wish to see in the world."