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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: February 4 - 8, 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 Points – 1 Point

The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning is excited to announce, in collaboration with the CETL Advisory Team, the Spring 2019 CETL Faculty Brown Bag Series. This semester the series will focus on faculty health and wellness conversations. A variety of topics and relevant campus resources have been identified by the CETL Advisory Team to serve as the foundation for faculty conversation at these events. Facilitators will provide brief thoughts to begin each event and then facilitate discussion among attendees. As these events have been scheduled as brown bags over the noon hour we encourage you to bring lunch to these events. We are excited to bring this series to the campus community this semester.


RESCHEDULED FOR Wednesday, February 6 at Noon(Originally January 30)
Time Management and Prioritizing Job Roles – Location: Briggs 130 
Facilitators: Mary Bowne, Rocky Dailey, Christine Larson – Due to the reschedule of this event there is a unique registration link - Please Register by Clicking Here!


February 20 – Time Management and Prioritizing Job Roles – Location: TBD
Facilitators: Mary Bowne, Rocky Dailey – Please Register by Clicking Here!

Balancing demands placed on faculty members can be challenging on the best day and overwhelming on the most difficult. Come talk with your colleagues and experienced facilitators to share perspective and gain perspective on balancing the demands of the faculty role.


February 19 – – Location: TBD

Facilitator: Sam Jennings – Please Register by Clicking Here!

Come join CETL and Sam Jennings to learn about This new platform available to the campus community emphasizes individual well-being and self-awareness in  order to connect campus community to information, resources, peers, and opportunities. Come learn about this exciting new resources with your colleagues.


More information will be coming soon on the following sessions:
March 20 – Managing Faculty Burn-Out/Wellness – Location: TBD
Facilitators: Amber Letcher, Andrea Bjornestad, Nikki Prosch – Registration and More Information Coming Soon!


March 21 – Managing Faculty Burn-Out/Wellness – Location: TBD

Facilitators: Amber Letcher, Andrea Bjornestad, Nikki Prosch – Registration and More Information Coming Soon!


Normal Isn't Real: Succeeding with Learning Disabilities and ADHD

The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning works to promote inclusive teaching practices. A population that I, Shelly Bayer, Ed.D., am especially sensitive to is that population of students navigating academics with dyslexia and learning disabilities. As an executive board member of the International Dyslexia Association – Upper Midwest Branch, I’ve received support to host a screening of Normal Isn’t Real on our campus, Monday February 4 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm in Student Union 253C, and in our community February 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the Bell Auditorium. Please view the 3-minute trailer to get a sense of the film:

Normal Isn't Real: Succeeding with Learning Disabilities and ADHD

Overall, the film creates a sense of hope and inspiration for the future for those individuals who are dyslexic learners or have learning disabilities. The intended audience is students dealing with learning disabilities, faculty, educators, and future educators. Please consider attending and please promote to your students.


Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs)

Tuesday February 5, 2019 (1:30-2:30)
Location: Morrill Hall 104
CETL Points – 1 Point

Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) are quick, low-stakes assessments that provide instructors with feedback on what students have or have not learned.  In this interactive session, participants will become familiar with the literature on CATs and how these fun strategies  can be used to determine one’s teaching effectives.  Participants will also have an opportunity to consider how they might incorporate CATs into their overall course design. 




CETL WEBINAR: Improving Student Motivation Using Instructional Strategies, Relationship Building & Mindset

CETL Points – 1 Point
Date and Time: Wednesday February 6, Noon – 1:00 pm
Register by Clicking Here!

The importance of student motivation is clear. Motivated students show increased persistence, effort, initiative, and cognitive processing skills; all of which result in increased learning and satisfaction.  As most college professors will tell you, student success in a course typically has less to do with ability and more to do with effort. Yet, despite the clear benefits, many students struggle to stay motivated. This presentation will explore barriers to student motivation (with emphasis on motivational challenges in today’s millennial and Gen Z students) and offer a holistic approach to fostering student motivation in the college classroom. Specifically, the presentation will examine techniques for empowering students via mindset and goal-awareness, and overview instructional and assessment strategies that increase motivation via an emphasis on authenticity, relatedness, and autonomy.


CETL WEBINAR: Designing Effective Rubrics: How To Align Learning Outcomes, Instructional Activities & Course Assignments

CETL Points – 1 Point
Date and Time: Wednesday February 13, Noon – 1:00 pm
Register by Clicking Here!

Rubrics provide an efficient means for faculty to improve student learning, facilitate communication with students, and enhance academic quality. The construction of grading rubrics provides a systematic means by which faculty can align learning outcomes, instructional activities, learning competencies and course assignments. Not only does this process inform instructional practices so that faculty can ensure classroom activities support the target learning outcomes, but the integration of rubrics as “feed-forward” information provides students with clear expectations to guide their work. Further, the integration of rubrics facilitates timely, efficient grading of student assignments in a manner that is consistent, clear and detailed. Participants will explore various types of rubrics and learn how to design, integrate and utilize rubrics to foster student learning.


CETL WEBINAR: Active Learning: Utilizing Backwards Design To Articulate Learning Outcomes & Maximize Student Learning

CETL Points – 1 Point
Date and Time: Tuesday February 19, Noon – 1:00 pm
Register by Clicking Here!

In the Active Learning paradigm, the primary roles of the teacher are to carefully articulate learning outcomes, design opportunities for students to practice the skills necessary to become proficient in (or master) those outcomes, and to offer meaningful feedback to students as they learn.  Active learning, then, depends on every aspect of a course working together in an intentional way. Backwards design is a key to successful teaching and learning.

This webinar will take an “active learning” approach so participants should expect to watch and listen but also to write, think, and communicate with the presenter and each other during the webinar. Case studies will be presented but participants are encouraged to think about and work on a course that is relevant to them during the webinar.


2019 Dr. April Brooks Women of Distinction Awards

In celebration of Women’s History Month in March, SDSU’s Women’s and Gender Studies program announces the annual Dr. April Brooks Women of Distinction Awards. These awards recognize the outstanding accomplishments of women and those who promote opportunities for historically marginalized groups at South Dakota State University, including through community activism and service. Five women and one ally will be honored.

Women of Distinction Awards

Nominations are open to women in the following roles:

  •            Administration
  •            Professional Staff/NFE
  •            Faculty
  •            Civil Service Staff
  •            Student

Ally Award

This year, we are pleased to announce the Ally Award. Nominations for this award are open to any person on campus who demonstrates a commitment to supporting the WGS program.

Full nomination details and requirements can be found by clicking here.

Submit nominating materials electronically as a single attachment to by Friday, February 22 at 5:00 p.m. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours from submission, please resubmit via email.


Spring Sustainability Event – Registration OPEN

CETL POINTS – 5 points
Register by Clicking Here!

The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, in collaboration with Jennifer McLaughlin, SDSU Sustainability Specialist, is excited to announce that on Thursday, May 9, 2019 we will be co-hosting the 2019 SDSU Sustainability Institute. This day long opportunity will provide SDSU faculty an opportunity to learn about sustainability through the lens of the courses they teach. Jim Zaffiro, Professor of Political Science at Central College, and Brian Campbell, Director of Sustainability Education at Central College will facilitate the event. Jim and Brian bring a wealth of knowledge related to integrating sustainability into curriculum and are excited to join us for this event.

What Will be Covered?

  •          Techniques and resources for integrating sustainability into curriculum with special attention to experiential learning.
  •          A chance to review your course individually with the presenter.
  •          Tour of SDSU sustainability hotspots.
  •          Hear from peers who have integrated sustainability into their curriculum
  •         …and more!

Why Should I Attend?

  •          Join the growing movement around sustainability.
  •         Meet faculty from across a variety of disciplines.
  •        Learn a diverse set of classroom teaching styles.
  •          Create a culture that supports sustainability & increases quality of life (goals in IMAGINE 2023!).


  •         Date/Time: May 9, 2019 9-5 (Registration available in January)
  •         Lunch provided.

Plan to join us for this opportunity to learn more about integration of sustainability into curriculum. A registration link will be made available at the start of the Spring Semester. We look forward to bringing this opportunity to the SDSU community.


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!


Articles of the Week 

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Intercultural Dialogue Partners: Creating Space for Difference and Dialogue


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:

Designing A Motivational Syllabus: Communicating Learning Outcomes, Expectations & Support Resources - Offered January 2019

To access CETL On-Demand Workshops and Webinars please click 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