Weekly News and Tip, November 8, 2007

Tip - Your Voice Is a Teaching Tool
How you speak, as well as what you say, has important effects in your classroom. There are several ways you can help yourself speak effectively. For example, if you tend to talk too quickly, you can write on the board as a "brake," slowing yourself to the speed at which you can write (very likely slower than you speak). You might also use color-coding on your lecture notes to tell yourself to speed up, slow down, pause for questions, and so on. For more on these and other tips for effective classroom speaking, see "Varying Speed and Tone of Voice."

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

  • Teaching & Learning in a MUVE (Second Life) has been rescheduled. There will be two sessions: today (November 8), 2:10-4 p.m., and Monday, November 12, 3:10-5 p.m., both in 1230 Communications.
  • WebCT GOLD: Managing Course Content will be held Thursday, November 15, from 2-3:30 p.m. in 1230 Communications Building.
FYI - Creativity Outcomes, Second Life Symposium
  • Everyone is invited to the next meeting of the Creativity Outcome Center, Tuesday, November 13, 12-1:30 p.m. in 29 MacKay. This group will explore how to define creativity, engage students in creativity development, and assess their progress. For more information, contact Suzanne Hendrich, 4-4272, shendric@iastate.edu.
  • The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences presents a symposium, "A Second Look at Second Life," Thursday, November 15, 7 p.m. in the MU Campanile Room. Second Life is a "virtual world" which has almost 10 million users. More information on "A Second Look at Second Life".

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