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Graduate Teaching Assistant Weekly Bulletin

The GTA Weekly Bulletin is a weekly up-date of CETL events, current articles focused on teaching, links to teaching webinars, and SDSU news focused on teaching. It is emailed every Tuesday of the semester to GTAs, interested Graduate Students, and Graduate Student Coordinators.

If you are interested in receiving the GTA Weekly Bulletin, please email and indicate your interest. Thank you.

Weekly Bulletin





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.


Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning 

GTA Weekly Bulletin

Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning 

Week of February 11, 2020


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.


Workshops This Week and Next Focus on Feedback and Motivation

The Spring 2020 GTA Workshop Series will be based on the seven research-based principles for effective teaching as emphasized in How Learning Works by Ambrose, Bridges, DiPietro, Lovett, and Norman (2010). 


All sessions are in Briggs Library (SBL) – Room 125 or 130 


University Graduate Teaching Assistant - Workshop #2                                                          

What Kinds of Practice and Feedback Enhance Learning? 

(Learning Principle 5)                                           

Thursday, February 13, 2020 (9am-10am) OR                  

Friday, February 14, 2020 (2pm-3pm) 

Presenter: Dr. Michael Gonda, Animal Science 

Registration Link:


University Graduate Teaching Assistant - Workshop #3

What Factors Motivate Students to Learn? 

(Learning Principle 3)                                       

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 (4pm-5pm) OR                                          

Friday, February 21, 2020 (12pm-1pm) 

Presenter: Dr. Mary Bowne, Teaching, Learning, & Leadership       

Registration Link:


It’s Prime Time for Feedback

Your students have had time to figure out the structure of the class and how you teach it. Now is the time to ask for meaningful feedback that can benefit you and them.

In the next week or two, provide each of your students with a note card. Explain to them that you want feedback that will help improve the way you teach them the rest of the semester. Explain that you will read and respond thoughtfully to their comments and would appreciate their sincere thoughts.

Ask them to answer the following two questions on their note card:

1. What am I doing to enhance your learning? (Side 1)

2. What else could I be doing to help you learn better? (Side 2)

NOTE: The emphasis is placed on learning!

Allow the students time to respond thoughtfully and anonymously. Collect the cards and read them after class. Learn from their feedback and make appropriate adjustments to your teaching. At the beginning of the next class or via D2L, be sure to comment on ways you are addressing their suggestions. It is important that they see that you valued their input.

Here’s an additional resource to consider:

Another Approach to Mid-term Feedback

Certificate Tip: Collecting this feedback and addressing it can be used as an “Artifact of Effective Teaching” for the Certificate of College Teaching Development – Practice I.

 Articles and Podcast of the Week

This simple activity includes colorful candy with unlimited discussion direction. 

Candy and Conversations

I’ve been saying this for years. Effective teachers need to know how to “sell” their content to the students. Dr. Norman Eng is on the same page in this podcast. Take a listen…

How to Apply a "Marketer's Mindset" to Teaching and Learning

This faculty member shares a creative way to get students to comment and discuss, even in large classes. 

Fired Up to Discuss

Your Wellness Matters

It is crucial to prioritize your personal wellness if you are going to be an effective teacher. Attend the 40thAnnual Wellness Fair to learn more about nutrition, exercise, stress management, financial Wellness, and more. 

Wellness Fair

Wednesday, February 12, 2020


Volstorff Ballroom – SDSU University Student Union

Over 35 vendors will be in attendance. Prizes and giveaways will be given every 30 minutes. Special presentation on Media Induced Anxiety and Depression by Dr. Wallace Jackmon from 2-3pm. All are welcome.

Responding to Certification Questions

Many of you have asked great questions regarding the Certificates of College Teaching Development the past couple of weeks. Sharing the questions and responses may help others. 

Q:  What happens if I miss the April deadline for submitting materials for one of the certificates?

A:  Nothing happens. All the work you do continues to build. You will never lose the work you’ve submitted or completed. The April deadline is just for participating in the yearly ceremony acknowledging completing of a certificate. You can finish the certificates at any time throughout the year; however, the recognition ceremony is only held once a year – typically the last day of the spring semester. Whenever you finish a certificate, you will be honored the following April. Some graduate students take several semesters to complete a certificate; others complete it in one semester. The pace is determined by you.

Q: How many workshops do I have to go to?

A: To earn the Practice I certificate you are required to attend 6 workshops. After each workshop you attend, please use the Traininghouse website to submit a reflection that requires you to indicate action steps based on what you learned at the workshop. Workshops are offered every semester. This semester there are 7 workshops offered, but typically there are 5 workshops offered each semester. You can take as many semesters as you need to attend the required 6 workshops. Please note, it is encouraged that you attend workshops whether or not you need them to complete your certification. Attending the workshops is an excellent way to learn about effective teaching and build a community of your peers who are passionate about teaching. You are always welcome at every workshop and it is hoped that you continue to attend throughout your time at SDSU. 

Q:  Do I have to complete things in a certain order?

A:  You do not have to complete the certificate requirements in a certain order. You can work on the Foundational Knowledge certificate while you work on the Practice I certificate. To earn the Practice I certificate, you must complete the Foundational Knowledge certificate. To earn the Practice II certificate, you must complete the Practice I and Foundational Knowledge certificates. You can work on different aspects of each certificate at your own pace and in your own order. Some observe other teachers before they asked to be observed. Some ask to be observed before they do anything else. Really, it is up to you and your schedule. 

Q: What are some “Artifacts of Effective Teaching?”

A:  First, read the explanation provided on the website under the “Artifacts of Effective Teaching” tile. It provides two specific examples. Remember, you need to indicate what Principle of Learning or what Graduate and Professional Student Teaching Pedagogical Competency you are targeting with the artifact you submit. Here are a few quick ideas that could be used as artifacts: teaching journal, original syllabus, original lesson plan, original assessment (quiz or assignment), feedback from students, documentation on student growth or learning, etc. Ultimately, you will submit an artifact and then a reflection indicating what the artifact represents regarding effective teaching. 

Please continue to ask questions and discuss the certificates with your peers. Both actions will build understanding.

Spring 2020 Endnote Training

EndNote X9 is available for download. Get the product code on InsideState at

EndNote is software designed to help you keep track of your citations and pdfs while you do research and to insert and format your citations and bibliography while you are writing. This two-hour session is an introduction to the software which is available to SDSU students, staff, and faculty. The session is designed for graduate students and faculty but all are welcome. If you wish to follow along on your own computer, please bring a laptop with the software already installed. Please register for the training session you would like to attend at

If you cannot make the training session, there is a series of videos linked on that can get you started.

Date and Time:

Thursday, March 19 3-4:30 in Briggs Library 125 – register at

Wednesday, April 29 4-5:30 in Briggs Library 125 – register at


Certificates of College Teaching Development

For details, please refer to the website: Certificates of College Teaching Development.

The first level of the new certificate program is self-paced, completely online, and focuses on building a pedagogical foundation for teaching. The Certificate of College Teaching Development – Practice I provides practical experiences to enhance your teaching development. It can be pursued at the same time as you are working on the Foundational Knowledge certificate.

To enroll in the Certificates of College Teaching Development, please follow the directions below:

  1. Navigate to
  2. In the upper right corner, click “Log in”.
  3. Select “SDSU Users (first.last)”

** At this point in the process, you may get a notification stating an email has been sent to you verifying your account. Be sure to open that email and follow the instructions before you continue on, or you won’t be able to log in and access the course. **

  1. Log in with your email username and password.
  3. Select Enroll me.

Once you enroll, you are able to begin your work toward earning the certificate. Watch the videos for instructions. Please contact if you have any questions or concerns. Enjoy the process!


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