Weekly News and Tip, October 25, 2007

Tip - Teaching Tips for Diverse Classrooms
The diverse population of community college students creates a particular set of challenges for teachers. Many techniques for reaching this diverse group are also applicable in the university classroom.
More: A dozen specific ideas on reaching and helping diverse students.

Announcements - Diversity in STEM Fields; CELT Programming
"Diversity in the Worlds of Math, Science, and Engineering" will be presented by James H. Johnson, Dean, College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences at Howard University, Tuesday, October 30, 2:30-4 p.m., Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall. Free admission; reception follows in Howe Lobby.

Register for the following CELT events through AccessPlus (go to Employee > HRS Training > Continue > Courses).

  • CELT Faculty Forum: Engaging the Net-Generation through Blended Learning, Wednesday, October 31, 12:10-1:30 p.m., MU Campanile Room. ISU faculty who are experienced in using course management software like WebCT GOLD will share how they combine technology-based materials with face-to-face sessions. Feel free to bring your lunch; beverages and desserts provided.
  • Teaching & Learning and Social Software, Wednesday, October 31, 3:10-4:30 p.m., 1230 Communications. Learn what Facebook.com, MySpace.com, Second Life, Social Bookmarking, and Wikis have to do with teaching and learning, and about the implications for educators of the rapid changes in technology and communication among college students.
  • Workshop on Bloom's Taxonomy, with Ann Marie VanDerZanden, Associate Professor, Horticulture, Thursday, November 1, 3:30-5 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall. Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives can help you formulating questions to develop complex and critical thinking in your students. This conversation on Bloom's Taxonomy can help make a difference in your course preparation and class planning.
FYI - Academic Intervention
Students who may need encouragement and support to succeed at Iowa State can find help in the Academic Intervention Program. One of the offerings of this program is a series of workshops for students on Academic Success Strategies.
Learn more about the Academic Intervention Program.
If you have any questions about this program, contact Jill Kramer (4-2467).

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