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CETLA'S SERVICES

Note: CETLA provides hands-on or face-to-face services related to TEACHING, especially with technology. For Blackboard support via email, contact the Blackboard System Administrator (helpdesk@howard.edu). For assistance with technology that is NOT related to teaching, call the Faculty Help Desk (6-2020).

 

TRAINING


1. WORKSHOPS

a. In-House: Our staff will teach weekly workshops. Register online at www.cetla.howard.edu, or if you wish to register a whole group for a particular date, email us at cetla@howard.edu.

b. Sponsored: Reserve our computer classroom to teach your own workshop for faculty in your discipline or volunteer to teach a workshop that CETLA does not offer. We invite you to conduct any faculty workshop that is related to college teaching, student learning, or classroom assessment.

c. Guest: Come learn from experts whom CETLA will invite to conduct workshops on special topics.

2. GUEST SPEAKER SERIES

Come to the Center to hear an expert speak about a topic of pedagogical importance. Even though you may watch videos of many of our speakers on our website, we urge you to attend so that you can ask questions.

3. SUMMER INSTITUTE

In May, enroll in a three-day course to become certified as a Blackboard or WAC teacher. (Alternatively, you can take the series of certification workshops, one by one, throughout the school year.) In June you can also earn certification as a distance-ed instructor by enrolling in a week-long online course about distance education. See our Summer Institute catalogue for details about these and other opportunities for certification (e.g., Smart Room, Information Literacy, Course Redesign).

 

SUPPORT


1. OPEN LABS

If you get stuck after a workshop, drop by our computer classroom during Open Lab hours (see our calendar). You will find a staff member on duty to assist you.

2. USER GROUP MEETINGS

a. Face-to-Face: Share strategies and trouble-shoot with teachers who are experimenting with the same teaching methods (e.g., Distance Learning or Writing Across the Curriculum).

b. Online: Participate in online forums to share strategies and trouble-shoot with teachers  who are in the same boat. Just email cetla@howard.edu.

3. STUDENT ASSISTANTS

If you are physically challenged, CETLA can send a student to assist you in your office. Just email cetla@howard.edu. 

4. ONLINE RESOURCE CENTER

Take an online tutorial, check the Blackboard Resource Center, find multimedia resources, look for software discounts, or watch a video of a guest speaker you missed.

5. PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS

Call 6-0870 or email cetla@howard.edu to make an appointment to discuss a pedagogical problem. Or schedule a conference so that we can help you with an application for a grant related to teaching, learning, or assessment. All conferences are confidential.

6. NEW FACULTY ORIENTATION

If you are new to Howard, participate in our online and on-site orientation. 

 

RESEARCH


1. TEACHING LABORATORIES

a. Testing New Technology: Visit CETLA to try out a new teaching technology (e.g., a Tablet PC or videoconferencing).

b. Experiments: Use CETLA’s technology to teach a small class (< 12 students) in our computer classroom and teach a comparable class elsewhere without that technology.  We’ll help you document and assess the differences.

2. TEACHING ACADEMY

Spend your sabbatical leave at CETLA! You can work here teaching faculty workshops and conducting research on teaching, learning, or assessment. CETLA will help you locate and apply for fellowships or grants to supplement your sabbatical pay.

 

NEWS AND NETWORKING

 

1. WEBSITE NEWS

Learn about developments in educational research and grant opportunities related to teaching or assessment. At the same time, find out in Featured Teacher articles how your colleagues are applying what they learned at CETLA.

2. FACULTY LOUNGE

Drop by the faculty lounge from 12 noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to browse through our collection of pedagogical literature or just to network and exchange ideas with your colleagues over a cup of coffee or tea. (Bring a brown bag lunch, if you wish.)

 

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