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Kate Elliott
Director, CELT
Associate Professor of Art History
Luther College
700 College Drive
Decorah, IA 52101

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Phone: 563-387-1587

CELT Notes

CELT Notes is the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching's monthly newsletter to Luther faculty. Each issue includes teaching tips, programming info, and reminders about events and resources on campus.

Latest Issue of CELT Notes

January 3, 2023

Note from the Director

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a wonderful Winter Break. We’re back at it over here in CELT and wanted to reach out early this J-Term with some support suggestions for a segment of our first year students starting J-Term classes today.

Last week’s cold weather wreaked havoc on the plumbing of one of our first-year dorms. Students living in Brandt West have been relocated to rooms across campus as their rooms are cleaned up. From a teaching and learning perspective, here are some issues to keep in mind.

Students may have left textbook or other course materials in their impacted rooms. The speed of J-Term means that it is imperative that students do not fall behind. Consider scanning or photocopying materials for ALL students for this first week of class. Students who have been relocated may need electronic or photocopies for the entirety of J-Term. Reach out to Kate or Erin Zidlicky for assistance loading scans onto your KATIE page.

Some students may be experiencing additional stress this month and may need extra support. Honestly, the best way to support the relocated first year students is the best way to support all students during our highspeed, but high-impact January Term.

  • Balance flexibility with structure. Structure your course as clearly as possible and communicate that structure on your syllabus and on KATIE. Decide now what deadlines are firm (scaffolded writing assignments, for example) and where you can build in some flexibility (including date-range deadlines, or three-day extension window available to everyone).
  • Re-emphasize concepts and scaffold. Stress affects memory. Build in more deadline reminders than usual. Spend the first few minutes of each class recapping material previously covered, connecting it to the day’s work. Repeat deadlines on the syllabus, on your KATIE site, and remind students in class meetings.
  • Reach out early and reach out often. J-Term is fast, students who struggle need immediate support to finish the term strong. Model the behaviors and engagement you want in the classroom from day one and intervene early if students are not meeting expectations.

Upcoming CELT Events

J-Term Reading Group

Have you struggled reaching your students in recent semesters?

Curious as to why you’ve seen an increase in disruptive behaviors?

Join us for four weeks of conversations on Angela Proveitera McGlynn’s Teaching Today’s College Students. We’ll meet in CELT Monday afternoons 3:30 to 4:30 starting January 9. To register please email Kate, ellika03@luther.edu.

New Curriculum: Course Development Coffee Chats

Got an idea for a new course for the new curriculum? Come to one of our upcoming coffee chats to test out ideas and talk course design.

  • Monday, January 9 and Thursday, January 11 – Literacies
  • Monday, January 16 and Thursday, January 18 – Global Engagement
  • Monday, January 23 and Thursday, January 25 – Social and Environmental Justice

Mondays from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in CELT. Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 on ZOOM

Just-In-Time Teaching Tips: Late Work and Extensions

We’re putting Fall 2022 to bed and turning our attention to Spring 2023, so Late Work and Extensions – How are you handling it?

Here are some ideas that balance flexibility and structure and don’t ask students to disclose more than they are comfortable with.

  • Stuff Happens Clause. Students can take a 10% automatic deduction on certain assignments for a week extension. This is available to everyone, for any reason.
  • Late Work Passes. All assignments have a 24-hour buffer. If students need extra time they can fill out a Google Form and use one of their 6 Late work Passes. These are available to everyone, for any reason. Here is more information.
  • No Late Work – but Lowest Scores are Dropped. No late homework assignments are accepted, but the lowest 3 to 10 assignments are dropped. This works better with regular homework assignments, rather than large tests, papers, and projects.
  • Next Class Passes – allow students one extra class day to turn in work. At the end of the semester, students who have unused passes get extra credit points. More info

Do you have other ideas how to balance flexibility and structure when it comes to late work and extensions? Send them to Kate and we’ll share them in the next CELT Notes!

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Contact Info

Kate Elliott
Director, CELT
Associate Professor of Art History
Luther College
700 College Drive
Decorah, IA 52101

Send Email

Phone: 563-387-1587