Summer Institute 2016 – “Highlighting Faculty”

2015summer_instituteSeveral faculty members signed up to participate in a day of sharing at the 2016 CETL Summer Institute  – “Highlighting Faculty”. Faculty presenters from various disciplines shared an engaging, learner-centered strategy with colleagues. This event allowed faculty to meet face to face, mingle and exchange ideas. A special thank you is extended to presenters.

Topics ranged from collaborative apps and learning environments, engaging students the first day of class, to setting quality coursework standards and providing feedback via the use of Blackboard grading rubrics.

From gathering at the popcorn bar to enjoy a snack or the lively discussions on various student achievement strategies, there appeared to be a sense of  social connectedness.  The day concluded with faculty desiring to try one of the strategies presented. Faculty also affirmed the community of practice aspect of this event, expressing interest in attending and presenting at next year’s event!

Click to watch each presentation below:

First Day of Class Engagement Strategies” – Dr. Childs

“Teaching in a Virtual World “– Dr. Clark

Small Group Learning with Quizlet “Live”” – Kate Sierra

Using Monopoly to Demonstrate Inequalities” – Dr. Simons

Comic Books and Teaching Social Science” – Dr. Atkison

“Concept Surveys” – Dr. Parker

“Grading on Turnitin” – Dr. Elizabeth Battles

“Student-Centered Activities and Tools” – Karla O’Donald

“Blackboard Rubrics: Assessing Quality” – Dr. Helvey



CETL Year in Review

As I begin my first full academic year as the CETL Director, I want to thank everyone for their support, confidence, and patience this past semester.  The CETL staff are committed to supporting the mission of the University by providing opportunities for professional growth to faculty and staff. Our journey this past year was characterized by new challenges and opportunities during this transitional period. Despite the changes in the department, we’re proud of the accomplishments we’ve achieved. View a summary of our achievements in our Annual Report Infographic below.

2015 Fall Kickoff



This year’s 2015 CETL Fall Kickoff, in partnership with AVID, will be held on AUGUST 28, at Lou’s Place. This year’s theme is Student Success and University Quality: What’s the Connection? What Really Matters? and we look forward to seeing you there!

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Universal Design

Do you employ universal design in your classroom? This video illustrates some strategies to make sure you reach students will all levels of abilities.

About the CETL

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Texas Wesleyan University (CETL) promotes a student-centered university by providing resources and professional growth opportunities to faculty on enhancing instructional practice, integrating technology, and promoting essential student skills.

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