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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: October 14 - 18, 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.


2019-2020 Faculty Development Spotlight Series

CETL Points – 1 Point

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Guiding Faculty, Supporting Students: Creating Accessible Learning Environments

Students with disabilities are accessing higher education more than ever before, yet they still face numerous challenges in getting the support needed to be successful. In navigating ways to teach effectively and help students achieve, faculty can often be left wondering what their role is in accommodating students. This series of trainings will work to engage faculty in the conversation of understanding the need for accommodations in the classroom, what requirements and processes exist to help guide them in their work and discover strategies on how to create a more inclusive and accessible course experience for students with disabilities.

Upcoming Event:

What’s My Responsibility?: Learning Your Role in the Accommodations Process            

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 – 10:30 to 11:45 am

Location: Briggs Library 130



The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning and the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Experiential Learning office coordinated by Kathie Erdman Becker would like to once again challenge colleges, units and departments to participate in our annual “PACK THE PANTRY” challenge. This year donations will be shared with the new SDSU student pantry “Jack’s Cupboard” and Brookings Harvest Table. We are once again sponsoring a friendly competition with traveling trophies to be awarded to the college, academic department, and non-academic unit. This year we will be adding a new category for recognized student organization. Separate trophies will be given to each group that donates the most individual items.  Last year SDSU donated 4635 individual items during the “Pack the Pantry” drive and we are challenging our community to surpass this total in 2019. We hope to overflow the shelves at the Harvest Table and Jack’s Cupboard on Friday, October 25. 

The Jack’s Cupboard and Harvest Table staff have indicated that they are really thankful for any donations, as long as the expiration dates have not passed. They cannot use expired items.

We would jointly like to challenge each college, unit or department to coordinate their own “PACK THE PANTRY” donation drive from Monday, October 14 – Friday, October 25. If you are delivering your items there will be an on-campus drop-off location or you can bring them to the Community Room of the Central Methodist Church between 2 – 4 on Friday, October 25. If interested in pick-up please contact Kathie Erdman Becker at who is coordinating a campus pick-up for those interested in that option. We will ask that you provide an item count when items are picked up or you arrive to drop off your items.

We look forward to watching our campus community make an IMPACT


Expanding the Circle Presents

Developing Cultural Intelligence for a Changing World: An American Indian Perspective

James Rattling Leaf, Sr.

October 16, 3-5pm

Woster Celebration Hall, SDSU Alumni Center

CETL Points – 2 Points

Cultural intelligence (CQ) is a critical part of setting yourself apart in today’s globalized world of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and innovation. It’s the ability to relate and work effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds and it goes beyond existing notions of cultural sensitivity and awareness. With cultural intelligence, you’ll know how to strategically use cultural differences to come up with more innovative solutions. 

Cultural Intelligence begins with CQ Drive - the curiosity and motivation needed to work well with others. Next is CQ Knowledge - understanding the kinds of differences that describe one group versus the next, without resorting to stereotyping specific cultures. Third is CQ Strategy - learning how to plan effectively in light of cultural differences. And finally is CQ Action - being able to adapt behavior when the situation requires it.

Please join us for this one of a kind workshop! Please RSVP here.


10 Strategies To Create Teachable Moments With Your Students

CETL Points – 1 Point

We often think of and experience teachable moments as unplanned opportunities to make a significant impact on student learning. This presentation will focus on ways to capitalize on these spontaneous teachable moments but, more importantly, we will talk about ways to intentionally design these teaching and learning moments into your face-to-face, hybrid, or online class.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Introspect about teachable moments they have experienced in the classroom
  • Analyze teachable moments to investigate what they are, their common elements, and aspects
  • Explore some basic design templates for teachable moments
  • Learn and discuss at least 10 specific ways to create teachable moments that can be translated to accommodate any content or discipline

Date and Time:

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 from Noon – 1:00 pm

Please Register by Clicking Here!


‘They’ Are Coming, Are ‘We’ Ready? How To Institutionalize Pronouns In Higher Education

CETL Points – 1 Point

For International Pronouns Day on October 16 learn how to support trangender students through the importance of recognizing students’ pronouns and how colleges can do so by changing both institutional systems and cultural practices.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Recognize the importance of providing a space for students to indicate pronouns
  • Learn how to best address instances of misgendering
  • Understand the process and results of giving students the ability to indicate their pronouns in administrative systems
  • Developing guidelines for the use of pronouns on campus
  • Embracing pronouns into the campus culture

Date and Time:

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Please Register by Clicking Here!


How Faculty Can Recognize & Respond To Mental Health Issues In The Classroom

Evidence-based best-practices for effectively responding to students who are experiencing mental and emotional issues in the classroom will be explored. The emphasis will be on what faculty can do to provide much-needed assistance and support to the affected student while minimizing the impact of their behavior on the overall classroom experience.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Recognize students who are experiencing mental and emotional distress
  • Intervene effectively with students who are exhibiting symptoms of emotional and mental illness
  • Take appropriate action in situations where the student is at risk for harm to themselves or others
  • De-escalate situations that have the potential to become detrimental or violent
  • Maintain the integrity of the classroom environment for the other students present

Date and Time:

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from Noon – 1:30 pm

Please Register by Clicking Here!


Articles of the Week

Cognitive Load: A Fundamental Key to Student Learning

Creating a Community of Learners that Reflects Mutual Respect


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.


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:

Leveling the Playing Field: The Basics of Student Accommodations - Offered September 2019

Practical Ways To Support LGBTQ+ Students In The Classroom - Offered September 2019

Developing Multiple Choice Tests That Assess Higher Order Thinking Skills - Offered September 2019

Embracing Cultural Diversity With A Growth Mindset - Offered September 2019

Transitioning Away From Lectures: How To Adopt A More Active Approach To Teaching & Learning - Offered September 2019