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The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) serves to support the success of all faculty and staff contributing directly to the academic mission of USI.  CETL provides holistic faculty and educational development by supporting each individual's meaningful impact on student learning and success, teaching excellence, scholarly contributions, service to the USI community, and inclusive leadership. 

Overview of CETL programs and services.

News and Updates

Calendar of Events | CETL Weekly Newsletters

  • New Faculty Orientation will be held August 11-13, 2021
  • The 2020 Scholarly and Creative Works report is now available.
  • Congratulations to the 2021 SoTL Fellows cohort!
  • Thank you to the 130+ participants during the fifth annual Celebration of Teaching & Learning Symposium held virtually on February 25, 2021. View the session materials.
  • CETL has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the NSF's IUSE program! The project "Capacity-Building for Transforming STEM Education Through Faculty Engagement in Data Analysis and Learning Communities" will provide faculty opportunities to explore connections between teaching in STEM introductory courses, curriculum, and student retention, as well as create data dashboards for faculty.
  • Syllabus Template has been updated to include COVID-19 safety (August 2020).
  • Looking for information on the reappointment, promotion, and tenure portfolio?  Visit the Provost's Office Personnel Decisions webpage (updates coming in June 2021). 
    • Portfolio FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) document 
    • Slides from the May 2020 informational webinar. 
  • The Thank A Faculty or Staff Member program launched during April 2020 and was offered again during Fall 2020. Current and past USI students are invited to express their gratitude to someone at USI who has made a difference in their educational experience. To date, over 205 thank you notes have been sent!

Support for Teaching During COVID-19

Guidance for Faculty from the Provost's Office for Fall 2020 and updated Syllabus Template.

Resources and support to help you adapt your courses to remote instruction are available through Online Learning and the Instructional Services Request form.
This is an extraordinary time for all of us as we take action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize that you likely will be encountering disruptions and new challenges as you adapt in multiple fronts, including adapting in-person, hybrid, and online instruction for your students. Please know that you have a community of support and expertise, including your colleagues, the staff in Online LearningInformation TechnologyRice LibraryCETL, and Disability Resources, and many more across USI. We're here to help. 

Recent CETL Webinars, Workshops, and Additional Resources

  • Faculty Planning Calendar: Important dates related to teaching, students, and faculty activities (Excel file)
  • Active Learning while Physically Distant or Online webinar: Slides and planning worksheet with resources
  • Adapting your Face-to-Face Course for Online webinarSlides and planning worksheet to provide you with guidance for adapting your class to an online/remote environment and draft a weekly revised course plan based on your existing plans. 
  • Adapting Exams and Assessments webinar: Slides providing considerations and suggestions for transforming high-stakes exams into assessments of student outcomes that adapt to the online/remote environment.
  • Helping Underprepared (and All) Students Learn More webinar: Slides
  • Hybrid Course Planning and Activities workshop: Slides and planning worksheet with resources
  • Transparent Assignment Design for Student Success workshop: Slides and handouts describing the Transparent Assignment framework to help students understand how and why they are learning course content, as well as increase student confidence and success. Plus, it helps you align the assignment with student learning outcomes.
  • Teaching with Limited Internet webinar: Slides providing alternatives for student activities/assignments and instructional strategies when you or your students have limited internet access. 
  • Teaching with Bingo: Sample bingo card and tips to promote metacognition and positive behaviors while mixing in some fun. 
  • Crowdsourcing tools, tips, and resources for adapting to online/alternative instruction. You are invited to contribute to and view a list of resources developed by and for the USI community.
    • Add to the list: What tools, tips, and resources have you found to be useful as you navigate the shift to online/remote instruction? 
    • View the list: This curated list is updated regularly to include the suggested resources and tips for the USI community. ​

Upcoming Events

See the Calendar for the additional events.