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Effective Educational Practice

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CELT), 

Iowa State University


Our vision is to position Iowa State University at the forefront of learning and teaching among land-grant universities.


Our mission is to support, promote, and enhance teaching effectiveness and student learning; encourage scholarship of teaching and learning; communicate the importance of teaching and learning to both internal and external audiences; and serve as a catalyst for learning-centered education.

To accomplish this mission the Center provides consultation, resources, and programs to:

  • Facilitate the professional and intellectual development of faculty, staff, and graduate students as educators.
  • Promote and support a community of teacher-scholars where the theory and practice of teaching and learning are shared.
  • Help instructors and academic units develop, implement, and assess instructional approaches and methods.
  • Foster innovations in university teaching.
  • Advocate appropriate use of technology in enhancing university teaching and learning.
  • Help individual instructors assess their teaching effectiveness and their students’ learning.
  • Sustain a university culture that recognizes and rewards both scholarly teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  • Promote student learning as central to accomplishing the teaching/learning mission of the university.

Effective Educational Practice Index & Links

For Instructors

Assessment – links to techniques, guidelines, and resources

Bloom's (Revised) Taxonomy – for learning, teaching and assessing (a model of learning objectives)

Creativity – understanding, evaluating, fostering, and using creativity in higher education

Critical Thinking (Foundation for Critical Thinking)

Engaged Learning – 2004 summary of Project Documenting Effective Education Practices (Project DEEP)

Five National Benchmarks of Effective Educational Practice – as articulated by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

Learning Communities at ISU

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education – seminal work by Chickering and Gamson

Teaching for Diverse Abilities and Learning Styles – Universal Design for Learning

Building from Content to Community: [Re]Thinking the Transition to Online Teaching and Learning (White Paper applying the Seven Principles – from the Center for Teaching Excellence at Virginia Commonwealth University)

For Students

Academic Success Center

How to Get the Most Out of Studying – video clips Stephen L. Chew, a cognitive psychologist at Samford University

Learning Communities at ISU

Library Guide: Understanding Plagiarism: Information Literacy Guide

Student Guide to Essay Exams

Student Guide to Multiple Choice Exams

Technology Support for Students – help with Logins, Blackboard Learn, Clickers, Course Evaluations