Weekly News and Tip, August 28, 2008

Tip - How Much To Cover at Once?
The pace of growth in knowledge is so rapid that it has become impossible to "cover" everything in a course. However, even if we could cover every topic, there is no guarantee that students would learn and retain it all. Instead, concentrate on the "big ideas" and examples that will guide your students in learning more. Learn more.
See an article on teaching in economics that emphasizes student learning without sacrificing "coverage."

Announcements - CELT's First Faculty Forum Coming Up; WebCT GOLD Workshops
Register for CELT events via AccessPlus > HRS Training > Continue > Courses.
Contact us at 294-5357 or celt@iastate.edu if you have difficulty using AccessPlus.

  • Plan to attend the first Faculty Forum of the year, "Three ISU Computer Tools to Improve Your Students’ Problem-Solving Skills," on Tuesday, September 9, 12:10-1:30 p.m., Memorial Union Campanile Room. Faculty will present three tools that have been created and piloted at ISU that help students solve complex, ill-structured problems. Bring your lunch; beverages and desserts will be provided.
  • The next opportunities to learn more about WebCT GOLD, ISU's course management program, are:
    • Managing Course Content in WebCT Gold, Tuesday, September 2, 1:10-2:40 p.m., 1230 Communications. Learn to convert and reorganize existing course materials for online delivery.
    • Managing Students and Grades in WebCT GOLD, Thursday, September 11, 1:10-2:40 p.m., 1230 Communications. Learn to use the WebCT gradebook, Group Manager, and the Tracking and Reporting functions.

      For both sessions, you need to have had Introduction to WebCT GOLD or some familiarity with WebCT.

FYI - Great Lineup of Lectures for Fall
The lineup of speakers assembled by the Lectures Program is always a valuable teaching tool, especially during an election year! See the schedule of lectures, including sessions this month on racism, globalization, and ecology.

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