Weekly News and Tip, November 6, 2008

Tip - Re-Engaging Students
It's difficult to keep students engaged after a certain point in the semester -- or in the class hour. Using a baseball analogy to describe classroom "change-ups," this tip offers a variety of ways to maintain student engagement.

Announcements - CELT Events
Register for CELT events via AccessPlus > Employee > HRS Training > Courses. Contact CELT at 294-5357 or celt@iastate.edu if you have difficulty using AccessPlus.

  • A workshop for those interested in WebCT GOLD applications, Creating Assessments in WebCT GOLD, is coming up Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 2:10-4 p.m. in 1230 Communications.
  • Discuss the essentials of a clear, effective course syllabus in Your Spring '09 Syllabus, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 12:10-1:30 p.m., 2030 Morrill.
  • Everything you always wanted to know about student response systems! Classroom Response System: Using the New TurningPoint 2008 Clickers will be held Thursday, Nov. 13, 12-2 p.m. (please note new, shorter time), 1230 Communications.
  • Managing Students and Grades in WebCT Gold will be held Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 1:10-2:40 p.m. in 1230 Communications.

FYI - Keep ISU Classrooms Beautiful; Two Museum Events

  • In the last year, Keep Iowa State Beautiful has made efforts to reduce outdoor litter on campus. This year, we are also focusing on indoor trash. In 218 classrooms on campus there are laminated semi-permanent cards with a message for you to read at the end of class, reminding students to remove trash from the room. We hope students will remove cups, bottles, newspapers, etc., and keep our classrooms clean. Please help by making the announcement on the card at the end of class. More information.
  • Two lectures sponsored by University Museums are being held this week:
    • Ramos Rivera in Context, a joint lecture by Lina Del Castillo and April Eisman, Assistant Professor, Art & Design, will be TODAY, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Christian Petersen Art Museum.
    • If your teaching or research interests include design, photography, globalization, or ecology, attend The Photography of Poisoned Ecologies, a Curator’s Lecture by Claude Baillargeon, Sunday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. in the Brunnier Art Museum.

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