Weekly News and Tip, March 5, 2009

Tip - What Are Concept Maps?
A concept map is a visual means of organizing and displaying facts or ideas. The connections between ideas may be represented by words, lines, or arrows.
Basic information about concept maps
Ideas on how concept maps may be used in the classroom

Announcements - CELT Events
To sign up for CELT events, use AccessPlus > Employee > HRS Training > Courses. Contact CELT at 294-5357 or celt@iastate.edu if you have difficulty using AccessPlus.

  • Several WebCT workshops are coming up on the next several days, all in 1230 Communication. Register for all that appeal to you:
    • Introduction to WebCT GOLD, tomorrow, March 6, 9-10:30 a.m.
    • Communication Tools and Strategies, Tuesday, March 10, 10-11:30 a.m.
    • Managing Course Content, Wednesday, March 11, 10-11:30 a.m.
    • Creating Assessments, Thursday, March 12, 9-11 a.m.
    • Managing Students & Grades, Friday, March 13, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • This year’s six LAS Master Teachers share their ideas on engaging students through experiential learning in Liberal Arts and Sciences with Practice, Wednesday, March 11 from 3:10-4:30 p.m. in the MU Campanile Room. Jim Colbert, EEOB, Jane Cox, Theatre, Chad Gasta, WLC, Nicola Pohl, Chemistry, Carol Vleck, EEOB, and David Vogel, Psychology, will discuss how and why they use experiential teaching and how they balance their teaching with other scholarly responsibilities. Refreshments provided.
  • Teaching with an Audience Response System: Basic TurningPoint 2008 for MS Office 2007, Friday, March 13, 12-1 p.m., 1230 Communication.

FYI - CELT’s on Facebook
An ISU CELT Facebook Group has been set up as a way to build an online community for teachers and learners. You may preview the CELT Facebook group and join, if you choose.

Group members can receive timely reminders of upcoming CELT events, start or participate in discussions, add links, photos, or videos that help build community. Invite your friends and colleagues to join!

For more about the Facebook phenomenon and its implications for teaching, see Educause's "7 things you should know about Facebook II" (PDF).

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