Hello All, Classes are about to start, but this week is full of great workshops and we would love for you to take advantage of them. This is an excellent time for you to start adding up points for yourself in our leaderboard. As you know, every semester we will give a professional development award to the leader of our leaderboard, but those points reset at the end of the semester so everybody has a chance to win an award. All badges earned remain the same and the points you have earned last year towards your badges also remain the same, so don’t worry! All of your efforts to develop […]

App of the Week – GoodReader

This week’s app of the week is called GoodReader. As their website highlights: “GoodReader® is the super-robust PDF reader for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Its iPad version was the#1 selling non-Apple app for iPad in 2010 in USA! Mashable describes it as “a Swiss Army knife of awesome!” Reviews worldwide hail it as “essential,” “the best,” “magnificent” and “the killer app”. With GoodReader on your iPad/iPhone, you can read virtually anything, anywhere: books, movies, maps, pictures. Use it once and you’ll be hooked. If you work with documents, soon you’ll be wondering how you ever managed to use your iPad or iPhone without GoodReader.”  To download it for $4.99 for […]

Use your Cognitive Surplus with the Spring Book Club

I’ll admit, this wasn’t my first choice for the spring book club book. I wanted to do something more directly related to college teaching, focused on critical thinking. But the original book I picked was too expensive, so we turned back to Clay Shirky. I am glad we did, because I think Cognitive Surplus is illuminating, provocative, and relevant for higher education. Shirky’s thesis is that, since World War 2, American’s have had increasing amounts of free time and energy, but most of that has been taken up by consumer activities, particularly watching TV. The advent of the social web has changed that. We can now collaborate easier than ever […]


Hello All, Happy New Year and Welcome back! We are already running at full force at the CETL and we are excited about a new year full of workshops that start this week: On Thursday, January 9th from 12:15pm-1:15pm join us for SmartBoard Basics where you will learn how to use, calibrate, and customize your Smartboard environment and learn the basics of the Notebook software. On Thursday, January 9th from 1:30pm-2:30pm join us for Planning a Learner-Centered Classroom where you will learn what it means to create a learner-centered classroom, the things to plan for if you’re considering it, and the advantages it affords students. On Friday, January 10th from […]

App of the Week – Haiku Deck

This week’s app of the week is called Haiku Deck. It is a presentation software for the computer and iPad that allows you to create simple, yet snazzy presentations on the go from your mobile device. To download it for free click HERE. To learn more about this app watch the video embedded below. If you have used this app in your life or in your classroom please let us know by commenting on this post! We would love to learn about your personal experiences and we would love to share them with other Texas Wesleyan folks!  

THIS WEEK AT THE CETL – 11.18.2013

Hello All, Thanksgiving is around the corner, but we still have a handful of workshops for you. Attend these workshops and make sure to get the points for your leaderboard before the semester is over (and the leaderboard is reset). Remember that individual and department leaderboard leaders will be officially recognized with a Professional Development award. Here are this week’s workshops: On Tuesday, November 19th from 12:30-1:30pm on iPad as a Self-Contained Content Creation Tool you will learn how to use your iPad to create audio, video, post files into YouTube, Instagram, Google, and Blackboard. On Wednesday, November 20th from 3-4pm on Engaging Linguistically Diverse Students faculty will meet and […]

Planning and Preparing Your Blackboard Course Shell

Before building your blackboard shell for the upcoming semester from scratch, you should consider transferring course content from a previous semester’s course shell.  This will minimize the work necessary to get your course ready to go. Once the transfer is complete, you’ll then need to edit your assignment/test dates, refresh discussion posts and other semester specific items and you’re off to a great start! The purpose of this post is to cover steps necessary to prepare and import course content from an old shell to a new one. After you’ve successfully imported content, follow the post on Preparing Copied Courses for New Semester to get a head’s up on what […]

Preparing Copied Courses for New Semester

In the blog post, Planning and Preparing Your Blackboard Course Shell, I presented the steps to archive your course and restore the contents into a new course shell. If you’re reading this post, after having successfully archived course content from a previous semester and imported the content into a new semester’s course shell, well done! The next item on your plate would be to prepare the copied course material for your new semester. Similar to the prep work for a new semester of a face-to-face course, you’ll need to edit the syllabus, assignment due dates, and any other course material to coincide with the current semester’s timeline.  Use the list […]

App of the Week – Google Drive

Google Drive is a free app from the Google family of apps that allows to access and create files stored in the cloud with your google account information. Google drive users can have up to 15GB of free storage space. To login just use your google account information (gmail email address) and from there you can create, edit, or access files on the go. You can also access these files and collaborate from a desktop browser by going to Click HERE for iOS download | click HERE for android download. To learn more about this app watch the video embedded below. If you have used this app in your life […]

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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