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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: November 5 - 9, 2018

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.




The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences coordinated by Kathie Erdman Becker, and SDSU’s Food Insecurity Committee, want to THANK the entire SDSU community for their incredible support of this year’s 4th Annual Pack the Pantry Food Drive. With your help we were able to donate 4635 food items and cash to the SDSU student pantry, Jack’s Cupboard, and the Brookings Harvest Table Food Pantry. The support to make an impact for our students and the Brookings community was incredible.

Winners of the annual department/unit donation challenge were as follows:

Non-Academic Unit – Facilities and Services (828 items and cash)

Academic Unit – Journalism and Communication Studies (824 items and cash)

***Honorable Mention (Academic Unity) goes to Chemistry and Biochemistry (779 items and cash)

College – College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (1962 items and cash)


2018 - 2019 Workshop Series: How Learning Works

This workshop series is based on the seven research‐based principles for effective teaching as emphasized in How Learning Works by Ambrose, Bridges, DiPietro, Lovett, and Norman (2010). Participants completing 5 workshops in the series will receive a complimentary copy of How Learning Works!

Please Register By Clicking HERE!


Workshop #4 – How Does Students’ Prior Knowledge Affect Their Learning? (Learning Principle 1)

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from Noon – 1:00 pm in SBL 130
Presenter: Dr. Tanya Gupta, Chemistry and Biochemistry

The full schedule for the How Learning Works Workshop Series can be found by clicking here!


CETL Webinar: Integrating Rubrics to Assess Higher Order Thinking Skills

CETL Points – 1 Point
Research indicates that students direct their time and attention toward course activities that directly impact their grade. As such, it is essential that learning objectives and grading rubrics are clearly aligned to ensure students focus on the aspects of learning deemed most important. While rubrics provide an efficient means for faculty to improve student learning, facilitate communication with students, and enhance academic quality, the value of a rubric rests on its alignment with the targeted course objectives. Participants will explore various types of rubrics and learn how to design rubrics targeting higher order thinking skills.

Webinar Objectives:

  •        Construct a rubric that identifies learning competencies and differentiates performance levels
  •        Integrate rubrics as a component of assignment guidelines to provide feed forward information
  •        Create rubric standards to assess higher order thinking skills
  •        Differentiate the purpose, utility and value of various types of rubrics
  •        Explore sample rubrics for assessing papers, videos, discussions, and other applied-learning activities
Date and Time: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 from Noon – 1:00 pm
Register by Clicking Here!

CETL Webinar: Apprentices & Internships: How to Implement & Manage Programs That Meet Employer Demands

CETL Points – 1 Point
In this interactive webinar, we will explore the mechanics involved in developing and maintaining apprenticeship and internship programs, discuss the challenges involved and how to overcome them, and dissect the process for fostering stronger, more productive relationships with host organizations. This is as much a political process as it is educational; as such, we will investigate evidence-based best practices for helping these programs reach their full potential as well as how they can be effectively expanded and enhanced in the future.

Webinar Objectives:

  •          Articulate what constitutes an effective and customized apprenticeship and internship program
  •         Address both sides of the equation; i.e., organizations looking for qualified students to serve as apprentices and interns as well as students looking to acquire expertise and experience related to their career aspirations
  •          Understand the increasingly important role apprenticeship and internship programs play in promoting workforce development


Date and Time: Monday, November 12, 2018 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Register by Clicking HERE!

Fall 2019 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

Tuesday, November 13 4:00-6:00


Articles of the Week

Using Rubrics as a Defense Against Grade Appeals

Advantages and Disadvantages of Different Types of Test Questions


Podcast of the Week

It’s a class about nothing and teaches everything.

Higher Ed: Better Problem Solving through Puzzles


CETL Sessions On-Demand

We are excited to announce that all CETL workshops and webinars are available On-Demand following the 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. New sessions added to the On-Demand CETL Library this week include:

  •          Conducting Difficult Conversations with Students: How Faculty and Staff can Change a Negative into a Positive – Originally Offered October 23, 2018
  •          Evidence-Based Best Practices in Coordinating An Effective Service-Learning Program – Originally Offered October 24, 2018
  •          Developing Multiple Choice Tests that Assess Higher Order Thinking Skills – Originally Offered October 18, 2018
  •          Preparing First-Year Faculty for the FAR – Originally presented October 16, 2018


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


SoTL and Teaching Conference Database

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!


Teaching and Learning Books 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 selection of 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