Mini-Grant for Research in Teaching & Learning

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the first mini-grant competition for research in critical thinking, teaching and learning. This mini-grant is designed to fund research that will impact the teaching of critical thinking in face to face, online, or hybrid courses. Possible uses for the grant funds include the purchase of research materials (books, journals, etc), data collection materials (survey tools, instruments, etc), or materials for classroom use that will be evaluated (technology, books, etc). Projects might include literature reviews, action research, case studies, or evaluation of teaching and learning materials. The maximum individual grant award will be $500. […]

THIS WEEK AT THE CETL – 2.10.2014

Hello everyone! The CETL wants to hear your feedback about our badges and points system. Please fill out this brief survey so we can have better understanding of your thoughts. To get more points and badges, attend CETL events or complete any of the activities listed here. This week’s workshops are: On Tuesday, February 11th join us for Blackboard Mobile from 12:15-1:15pm and Using Blackboard to Enhance Teaching and Learning from 1:30-2:30pm.  On Wednesday, February 12th from 1-2pm join us for Inquiry: The Heart of Critical Thinking and Ways to Avoid Death by PowerPoint from 2:15-3:15pm. On Thursday, February 13th from 12:15-1:15pm come learn about iPad Basics and Trapper Keeper, not Keeping Up? From 1:30-2:30pm. And finally, on Friday, February 14th be our Valentine and learn about Delicious & Diigo from 1-2pm and/or join the Book Club – Cognitive Surplus from 2:15-3:15pm. Have a great week! Nakia Pope, Ph.D. Director Center for […]

APP OF THE WEEK – Vine

Vine is an app created by the creators of Twitter that allows users to take videos with one scene or multiple scenes. Once the video is created it plays on a loop of 7 seconds. Once you create the videos you share to the Vine network or you can share between your social networks. To download it for free for iOS devices click HERE. To download it for Android click HERE. To download it for windows 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 […]

Sloan Presentation Teaser Trailer

Watch the trailer for our upcoming Sloan-C presentation or click here to go to the presentation page in the Sloan-C website.

THIS WEEK AT THE CETL – 2.3.2014

Hello everyone! We hope that your semester is going smoothly. Here at the CETL things are going great! Last week we were notified that we have been awarded the President’s Gem Award and we would like to thank everyone that made that possible. In addition, we have lots of workshops this week that can help you get points and earn badges. In fact, we REALLY want to hear your feedback about our badges and points system. When you have sometime, please fill out this brief survey so we can have better understanding of your thoughts. For now, here is this week’s schedule: On Tuesday, February 4th join us for Blackboard […]

APP OF THE WEEK – Tellagami

This week’s app of the week is called Tellagami. It was designed by Tellagami Labs Inc. and for a limited time only its download is free. Tellagami lets you create animated videos where you create a scene, customize a character, add dialogue and then you can share these videos or “gamis” via Twitter, Facebook, via text and email. To download it for free for iOS devices click HERE. To download it for Android 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 […]

2014 Spring Book Club Schedule

Book Title Cognitive Surplus: How Technology Makes Consumers into Collaborators About Beginning on January 31st, the CETL book club will dive into Clay Shirky’s Cognitive Surplus. Shirky begins with the premise that, since World War Two, Americans have had a considerable amount of free time. “What?!” you scream, “I don’t have ANY free time.” Shirky says that you do, or rather you did before watching TV. Most of our free time, our “cognitive surplus,” has been spent consuming — mostly consuming the entertainment offered by television. This is changing, as new social media technologies offer the opportunity for almost anyone to produce and share media instead of merely consuming it. […]

App of the Week – gFlash+

This week’s app of the week is an app by gWhiz, LLC and it is great app for your students. gFlash+ Flashcards and Tests allows its users to create flashcards with images and audio in a really simple and user friendly way. To download it for free for iOS devices 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!

App of the Week – iLEAP Pick A Student

The app of the week this week is a little simpler than the ones that we have been featuring here. However, it is a great, and free, classroom management tool that is worth having. This is a very simple app designed to help teachers pick students in class. You input your roster into the app and you can select students on a turn base or random base. To download it for free for iOS devices 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! […]

THIS WEEK AT THE CETL – 1.13.2014

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 […]

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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