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CETL Lessons from the Center for Excellence in Teaching in Learning

Welcome Back to the Spring Semester!

CETL Spring Offerings
Join us this semester as we explore ways to enhance student learning.

STEM Best Practice in Gateway Courses
Sessions will be held on select Tuesdays at 1:20 p.m. or Fridays at 10:20 a.m. Specific dates will be determined based on participant schedules.

Apply for the STEM Best Practice Certification sessions here.

This Best Practice Certification will focus on high impact practices in STEM gateway courses.Those selected to participate will receive $500 stipends.

Five one-hour sessions will focus on the following topics:

  • Designing Engaging Courses (Brunsell, Mihalick)
  • Creating Effective Homework (Sipes, Wenner)
  • Community Building Through Group Work (McDermott, Winterrowd)
  • Active Learning in Large Classes (Crawford, Schuttlefield-Christus)
  • Sharing Course Innovations (multiple presenters)

NOTE: To receive the Best Practice Certification and stipend, participants must attend all sessions and submit a report showing evidence of course revisions.

One-Session Wonders
Need practical, research-based ideas to invigorate your teaching? Try a One-Session Wonder. These interactive, one-hour or less sessions take place at the Pollock Alumni House. Registration is required as enrollment is limited to allow personal attention and dialogue.

Active Learning in an Online Environment:
Thurs., Feb. 7, 1:20 to 2:20 p.m.
Including Sustainability in Your Course:
Thurs., Feb. 21, 1:20 to 2:20 p.m.
Mentoring Students During Research and Creative Endeavors:
Mon., Feb. 25,  9:10 to10:10 a.m.

For the full list of sessions and to register, click here.

Book Club
Wednesdays (February 20, March 13, April 3, April 24 and May 1) from 10:20 to 11:20 a.m. at the Pollock Alumni House.

Registration is limited to eight participants. Register here.

This spring the Book Club will be reading What the Best College Students Do by Ken Bain (2010). Books will be provided.

About the Book

"The first thing they should do? Think beyond the transcript. The creative, successful people profiled in this book—college graduates who went on to change the world we live in—aimed higher than straight A’s. They used their four years to cultivate habits of thought that would enable them to grow and adapt throughout their lives."

"Combining academic research on learning and motivation with insights drawn from interviews with people who have won Nobel Prizes, Emmys, fame, or the admiration of people in their field, Ken Bain identifies the key attitudes that distinguished the best college students from their peers. These individuals started out with the belief that intelligence and ability are expandable, not fixed. This led them to make connections across disciplines, to develop a “meta-cognitive” understanding of their own ways of thinking, and to find ways to negotiate ill-structured problems rather than simply looking for right answers. Intrinsically motivated by their own sense of purpose, they were not demoralized by failure nor overly impressed with conventional notions of success. These movers and shakers didn’t achieve success by making success their goal. For them, it was a byproduct of following their intellectual curiosity, solving useful problems, and taking risks in order to learn and grow." ~From the Amazon.com description

Register for all CETL events at: uwosh.edu/cetl


Key Initiatives:

  • Inclusive Excellence
  • Global Connections
  • Sustainability
  • Assessment
  • Undergraduate Student Research
  • Essential Learning Outcomes
  • Instructional Technology
  • First-Year Experience


Questions or Comments?
Contact Eric Brunsell, CETL Coordinator, at cetl@uwosh.edu.

Watch for CETL Lessons each Thursday of the spring 2013 semester!
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