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Weekly Bulletin

The SDSU Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning provides a weekly update to all faculty concerning upcoming teaching and learning related professional development opportunities, services offered through the CETL, relevant research, and upcoming national conferences.

The Weekly Bulletin is published weekly during the academic year and occasionally during summer and holidays.

Weekly Bulletin

SDSU Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning Weekly Bulletin: April 29- May 3, 2019

The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning weekly e-mail bulletin features news and upcoming events for faculty at SDSU. The CETL offers a broad range of programs, services and resources in a variety of formats. We invite you to participate in any of our activities and programs that meet your professional needs.


CETL Consultations Available All Summer

As we begin the transition into summer Shelly and Kevin would like to remind everyone that we will be here throughout the summer to support your teaching and learning needs. We encourage you to drop-in, or set-up an appointment, to discuss successes, challenges, your course development process, or any question you might have related to teaching and learning. Consultations with SDSU CETL are confidential and we strive to provide a supportive and positive setting focused on growth and improvement no matter where you are at in your teaching journey. Feel free to stop in anytime or contact us at to set up an appointment.


Creating Academic and Co-Curricular Experiences Through The Equity Lens
Monday, May 6, 2019

CETL Professional Development Points – 3 CETL Points
Location: McFadden Northern Plains Biostress 67
Click Here to Register!


The SDSU Center for the Enhancement of Teaching, in conjunction with the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, & Access, and the SDSU Wokini Initiative is excited to announce that on Monday, May 6, 2019 from 9:00 – 11:30 am we will once again be hosting the annual SDSU Spring Conference. This year’s event will explore Creating Academic and Co-Curricular Experiences Through the Equity Lens. The event will bring together faculty and professional staff to reflect on their practice, discuss how the Equity Lens can be applied to academic courses and co-curricular programming, and facilitate a discussion of the various elements of the Equity Len’ application to practice. Attendees will depart with the ability and inspiration to integrate components of the Equity Lens into their next semester’s work.


The event will be led by Kevin Sackreiter, Director of the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning; Kas Williams, Interim Director Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, & Access; Shana Harming, Wokini Program Director; and Shelly Bayer, Assistant Director of the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. Additionally, members of the SDSU community (faculty and professional staff) will be serving as facilitators for discussions throughout the morning. The event will take place from 9:00 am – 11:30 am on Monday, May 6, 2019 in McFadden Northern Plains Biostress 67.

Please register at the link above and we look forward to wrapping up this academic year and preparing for the next with this important discussion.


FIG: Designing or Re-designing a Course to Increase Student Learning

CETL Professional Development Certificate - 6 Points

 Summer Faculty Development Opportunity!!!!!

Do you question whether your students are really learning? Are you concerned with their lack of curiosity and motivation – and yours? Do you struggle to accomplish curriculum goals over the summer months? If so, the FIG: Designing or Re-designing a Course to Increase Student Learning is just the summer FIG for you!


The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning is excited to announce that we will once again be offering a summer Faculty Inquiry Group (FIG).

As defined by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (2008), “Faculty inquiry is a form of professional development by which teachers identify and investigate questions about their student learning.” A FIG offers powerful advantages: the opportunity to acknowledge common challenges and a team approach to finding solutions, the ability to take risks and experiment with new ideas in your classrooms, and the creation of diverse, interdisciplinary networks and trust.

The Designing or Re-designing a Course to Increase Student Learning FIG will focus on the theme of designing significant learning experiences. Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses by L. Dee Fink (2013) will provide the working structure. At the conclusion of this FIG, you will have completed a structured course design or re-design using a collaborative approach that will provide you with support, feedback, and accountability over the course of the summer. The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning leadership, Shelly Bayer, Assistant Director, and Kevin Sackreiter, Director, will be co-facilitating the FIG.


FIG: Designing or Re-designing a Course to Increase Student Learning

Sessions will be from 9am-11:30 am in Briggs – Room 125 on the following dates:

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

This FIG will be led by Shelly Bayer, Ed.D. utilizing a “flipped” format, in which you will complete portions of the process prior to each session. The sessions will involve discussing your ideas, and discovering new ones, with interdisciplinary colleagues from across the university. Participation and completion of this FIG will earn participants 6 CETL Professional Development Certificate points. Participation will be limited to 8 participants to allow for a close supportive learning opportunity. If you are interested please contact the SDSU CETL by email at


CETL Professional Development Certificate – Summer Professional Development

The SDSU Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning would like to remind everyone that the CETL Professional Development Certificate extends throughout the summer. Faculty members who participate in professional development events with a teaching and learning focus can earn this certificate. Once a faculty member earns 15 certification points they are eligible for the CETL Professional Development Certificate. This is an annual (August 12, 2018 – August 11, 2019) certificate program. Faculty can renew their certificate annually and it can be used as a demonstrator of effectiveness each year certification is achieved. The goal of this program is to provide faculty with a mechanism to document their professional development activities and utilize them in a structured and approved manner as a demonstrator of teaching effectiveness.

Some summer opportunities to earn CETL points towards a professional development certificate: 

  • SDSU Spring Conference
  • Faculty Inquiry Group Participation
  • Special Summer Webinar Opportunities (Stay Tuned!)
  • Recorded Workshop & Webinars
  • CETL Book – Read and Submit Reflection
  • Outside Professional Development – Professional Conference with identified teaching impact
  • Instructional Design Services Webinar and Workshops



The SDSU Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning are excited to announce the 2019 SDSU Fall Conference will take place on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. We are pleased to share with the campus community that Dr. Kathleen Gabriel, Associate Professor in the School of Education at California State University, Chico, will be serving as out keynote speaker for the event. The SDSU Fall Conference provides the campus community the opportunity to reconnect and celebrate the start of a new academic year. We are pleased to have an individual with Dr. Gabriel’s breadth of expertise in higher education joining us this year. The day will allow the campus community to explore the teaching of unprepared and at-risk students through strategies that promote success and retention. A full conference schedule will be coming out over the summer. Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for this engaging day of professional development.


CETL Umbrella IRB for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

We are pleased to share that our university's Institutional Review Board has recently approved We are pleased to report that our university's Institutional Review Board has recently approved an umbrella protocol for ongoing pedagogical research at South Dakota State University.  The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning will be leading the research program, and anyone doing teaching-related research can join our protocol.

It is our hope that this will streamline the process for pedagogical research projects considerably, and we believe that this program will not only be of great benefit to our students, but it will also enhance South Dakota State University’s visibility nationally with respect to teaching and learning.

Full details concerning this program can be found by clicking here!


SoTL and Teaching Conference Databases

CETL develops and maintains resources of SDSU faculty who have published Scholarship of Teaching and Learning research and who have attended teaching and learning focused conferences. In order to develop these resources we need your help to share with us the research and professional development you have been doing. Please use the following links to share your activities:

Submit Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Work by CLICKING HERE!

Submit teaching and learning related conference attendance by CLICKING HERE!


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CETL Sessions On-Demand

CETL workshops and webinars are available On-Demand following the live event. The goal of CETL staff is to have workshops and webinars published and available the Monday following the event. Those interested in CETL points should complete the webinar questionnaire available on the top of the page linked below.

Recently Added:

Would You Like Students To Be 30% More Engaged Learn How With Strengths-Based Education - Offered April 2019

Four Strategies To Enhance Your Presentation Skills The Academic’s Guide - Offered March 2019

Active Learning: Utilizing Backwards Design To Articulate Learning Outcomes & Maximize Student Learning - Offered February 2019

Active Learning: A Formative & Summative Assessment Approach To Teaching & Learning - Offered February 2019

To access CETL On-Demand Workshops and Webinars please click here!


Summer Reading from the CETL Library

CETL Certificate – 1 Point 

The CETL would like to encourage faculty and graduate teaching assistants to stop in and check out the current summer reading opportunities available in the CETL Library. Our library contains some of the most important and current books on teaching and learning. To preview what we have on our shelves you can look by clicking here. In order check out any of the books in our library just stop in or email and let us know if you are interested in having any books forwarded to you. We check books out to faculty for as long as needed and only ask that you return them when finished for others to use.


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. If you would like more information about any of these conferences don’t hesitate to ask Kevin at

Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning

International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference

2019 Teaching Professor Conference