THIS WEEK AT THE CETL – 11.11.2013

Hello everyone! As we approach a more than deserved Thanksgiving break we are thankful for the attendance at our IDEA workshops held last week. We look forward to the break, but we are still in full workshop mode with great workshops this week: Planning and Learner-Centered Classroom on Tuesday, November 12th from 12:30-1:30pm will help you understand 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. Do you YouTube? You Should? on Wednesday, November 13th from 2-3pm will explore the creation of videos and their dissemination via the YouTube platform. Also, learn about the recently added […]

App of the Week – Hootsuite

Hootsuite is a great free social-media management tool available for iPhones, iPads, and Android mobile devices. With Hootsuite you can customize which social networks you want to manage, and which different columns you want to display. For instance, if you are attending a conference that offers participants with an unique Twitter hashtag you may create a search column for that and you will be able to see all of those tweets. If you want to manage posts from Facebook you may add a section for that. The basic features on Hootsuit are free, but there are other options available for groups and organizations. Click HERE for iPad download | click […]

THIS WEEK AT THE CETL – 11.04.2013

We hope everyone had an excellent Halloween! We really enjoyed seeing all the folks that dropped by last Thursday (but we’ve still got some candy if you need a sugar fix)! TOMORROW, we’re proud to host Dr. Shelley Chapman from the IDEA center. She’ll be with us all day. All faculty have the opportunity to attend her IDEA 101 session at 12:15 in Lou’s Place. You can still register for that session! In addition, if you’re interested in an individual session with Dr. Chapman to discuss your IDEA evaluations, spots are still available. Just email me! Those faculty and administrators who use the IDEA instrument for evaluation also have the […]

IDEA Workshops

On November 5th, the CETL is pleased to host the following workshops led by Dr. Shelly Chapman, IDEA Center Consultant. All faculty are invited to these special sessions on using IDEA for evaluation: Title: IDEA 101 Time: 12:15-1:30 Location: Lou’s Pavilion Description: Dr. Chapman will go over the IDEA report Forms RSVP HERE Title: IDEA Reports individual or Small Group Discussion Time: 3-4:30pm Location: Lou’s Pavilion Description: A time for individual or small group discussion with faculty. Faculty should bring their IDEA Reports and Dr. Chapman will answer specific questions about them. No registration necessary

THIS WEEK AT THE CETL – 10.28.2013

Halloween is here! We’ve got lots of faculty development treats in store this week. Don’t forget to stop by CETL on the 31st for some candy and fun! We’ve got some great workshops this week. Don’t worry, none of them are scary! Learn about the Blackboard Mobile App on 10/29 at 12:30 pm. As more and more of our students access course materials through mobile devices, the Blackboard Mobile app becomes the way our students access Blackboard. So come check it out! Our basic Blackboard workshop, Using Blackboard to Enhance Teaching and Learning happens 10/30 at 2:00. This workshop gives you the basics of Blackboard and is perfect for someone […]


Cameo is a free app for iOS devices that allows you to create short films on your device as well as to collaborate with friends. The way it works is by allowing you to record clips up to 6 seconds which you can trim and add caption and after you organize the order of the clips + ad title + add free soundtrack + select the filter/mood for your clip you can preview it or share with the world through the cameo app or social media venues. If you are interested in downloading this app click HERE.  To learn more about this app watch the video embedded below. If you […]

Fall Book Club Update – Teaching Unprepared Students

During our most recent book club meeting, we examined two more critical components of improved retention and student success from Kathleen F. Gabriel’s Teaching Unprepared Students.  Chapter five explored Learning Styles and the Science of Learning and chapter six offered tips on Embracing Learner-Centered Education. There was an abundance of passion for improving teaching and learning throughout our meeting. Several book club members shared various strategies for helping students become more responsible for their own learning. Gabriel provides several tips such as Learning styles inventory assessments Sharing with students the research on how people learn and ways for them to discover how they learn Encouraging students to learn on a […]

THIS WEEK AT THE CETL – 10.21.2013

Hello everyone! Now is your LAST CHANCE to register for the Instructional Strategies for Linguistically Diverse Students workshop, led by Elsa Anderson and Patsy Robles-Goodwin. These workshops will help faculty develop academic skills in non-native English speakers. There are two opportunities to attend –  Friday, October 25th from 12:00 – 4:00 pm and Saturday, October 26th, from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. Food will be served at each workshop. Please register for your preferred workshop by 5:00 pm on October 22nd so we can have an accurate count for lunch and/or breakfast! All faculty also have the opportunity to learn everything there is to know about the IDEA Student Ratings […]

App of the Week – Book Creator

Book Creator is an app for iPads that allows its users to create beautiful iBooks straight from their device. You can input images, videos, audio and text and from there you can export your electronic book directly into iBooks or other book reader applications. There is a free version of the app that allows you to create one e-book at a time and has some advertisements or you can purchase the full version at $4.99. If you are interested in downloading this app 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 […]

THIS WEEK AT THE CETL – 10.15.2013

Hello Wesleyan Faculty! We’ve got another big event planned! On November 5th, Shelley Chapman from the IDEA Center will be on campus all day to help faculty and administrators learn more about the IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction. This is a great chance to learn more about the form and its use. There are two opportunities for faculty to learn from Shelley. During free period, from 12:15 to 1:30 on November 5, there will be an “IDEA 101” workshop open to all faculty. Shelley will cover all aspects of the student rating form here. If you have additional questions, you can set up a time to speak individually (or with […]

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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