April 2, 2019
Volume 3, Number 15
Avoiding Group Work Divorces
Have you given up on group work because the strong students complain that the weak students are not contributing? Don’t give up! It’s worth making group work work! Students learn a great deal by observing the learning processes of others and need to learn how to work collaboratively for many workplace settings. Here are some tips:
  • Help students understand that not everyone approaches work in the same way and help them to value multiple perspectives. (An abbreviated Myers-Briggs assessment can be a useful exercise to introduce these ideas.)
  • Help students understand that if students are not contributing, it is most often that they don’t understand how to move forward, not that they don’t want to contribute.
  • Give students a process. For example: require them to meet weekly, establish an agenda, rotate the chair’s position, assign everyone a task, identify questions, and assign everyone a buddy who can assist if help is needed.  
  • Set the expectation that questions are expected and are an important part of the learning process.
  • Help students understand that learning to work with different people in a team is an important life skill.

For more, see Linda Nilson, Teaching at its Best, Jossey-Bass, 2016: 179-189.

– by Anne Marchant, PhD., Director for Transformative Teaching and Learning Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (CTLT), Shenandoah University
Announcing: Gather & Share Events
The FCTL is offering "  Gather & Share  " events on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, except for March because that is during Spring Break, from 3:45pm - 4:45pm in ADUC 301. The objective is to have a "topic" area and share a couple of ideas and then have folks gather and share about the topic.

The Next Gather & Share Event:
Topic: Failure
When: Wednesday, April 17, 2019; 3:45pm – 4:45pm
Where: ADUC 301
Educator: FCTL
Synopsis: Join FCTL in exploring “ Failure ” at this “Gather & Share” event. Come ready to “chat it up” with your colleagues on this important topic. Refreshments will be served.
Celebration of Student Scholarship
The 14th Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship will be
Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Schedule for the 2019 Celebration of Student Scholarship
  • Registration/continental breakfast (ADUC 3rd Floor Ball Room) 
  • Oral Presentations Set-Up (ADUC 3rd Floor, Rooms 319, 320, 321, 322, 325, 326 and 329)
  • Poster Set-Up (ADUC 3rd Floor Ball Room)
  • Oral Presentations
  • Break
  • Oral Presentations
  • Break
  • Oral Presentations
  • Poster Presentations (ADUC 3rd Floor Ball Room)
  • Reception  (ADUC 3rd Floor Ball Room)
  • Gallaher Memorial Music Performance  (ADUC 3rd Floor Ball Room)
  • Awards  (ADUC 3rd Floor Ball Room)

Oral presentation sessions, poster presentation session, reception and awards ceremony will be held on the 3  rd   floor of the Adron Doran University Center this year.
Blackboard Buzz
Multiple Attempts in Blackboard Learn
Do you want students to grow in constant attempts? Do you allow students to try a quiz multiple times? Check out the Multiple Attempts feature on Blackboard to activate multiple attempt option for your quiz.

The Multiple Attempts feature enables students to submit more than one attempt for an assignment. You can use this feature to help provide feedback to students over the duration of the assignment.

This YouTube tutorial demonstrates how to use the Multiple Attempts feature on Blackboard. Email msuonline@moreheadstate.edu for additional information and on-campus support. 
What I Love About Teaching Campaign
Hello Educators!

We are looking for your response to the question "What do you love about teaching?"

Click the link below to share your response:
Leadership in Higher Education Conference
October 3-5, 2019
Call for Proposals: April 2, 2019

Brought to you by Magna Publications, producers of Academic Leader and the Teaching Professor Conference, the Leadership in Higher Education Conference is accepting proposals for its 4th annual conference, October 3–5 in St. Louis.

As a session presenter, you’ll make a meaningful contribution to this dynamic and interactive conference. You’ll extend your own network and grow professionally. You’ll help other academic leaders examine the challenges, issues, and trends affecting management in higher education today—and return to campus with an invigorated outlook and an actionable plan for change.

Submitting a proposal is easy. Areas of interest include the following tracks; however compelling and relevant proposals that fall outside of these designated topics are also welcome:
  • Topical Area 1: Academic Leadership and Professional Development
  • Topical Area 2: Administrative Leadership and Professional Development
  • Topical Area 3: Diversity and Inclusion
  • Topical Area 4: Program and Department Evaluation and Assessment
  • Topical Area 5: Faculty Hiring, Development, and Assessment
  • Topical Area 6: Institutional Culture and Climate
  • Topical Area 7: Special Topics in Academic Leadership
Featuring two-and-a-half intensive days of content including plenary sessions, preconference workshops, concurrent sessions, poster sessions, and roundtable discussions, the Leadership in Higher Education Conference provides insights to help academic leaders set direction, solve problems, and make a positive imprint on their campus. This is your opportunity to share your expertise at a conference of your peers.
Pedagogicon 2019
Conference Date: May 17, 2019
Eastern Kentucky University
NOTE - FCTL will cover conference registration and travel
to the event for accepted proposals

 The conference theme, “Transparency in Teaching and Learning,” encourages us to examine and promote transparent strategies for teaching and learning that engage students in deep, transferable academic experiences. The conference will have presentations that will engage the audience and will host an opening session on transparency in learning and teaching presented by Dr. Mary-Ann Winkelmes, Director of Faculty Development, University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) titled "Transparent Instruction Promotes Equitable Opportunities for Student Success". The opening session will occur on May 17, 2019, 8:30am-10:30am in the Keen Johnson Ballroom.

Presentations may cover the following topics:
  • Use of technology to enhance transparency in teaching and learning
  • Creative instructional techniques that engage students in transparent learning,
  • especially deep learning
  • Faculty development initiatives, programs, and processes that promote transparency in teaching and learning
  • New ways to use Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) to enhance transparency in teaching and learning
  • Strategies for incorporating diversity, culturally responsive pedagogy, and/or inclusive excellence into transparent teaching and learning
  • High-Impact Educational Practices that enhance transparent teaching and learning
  • Student perspectives on transparent teaching and learning

Register for the 2019 Pedagogicon:
Registration deadline: Friday, May 10, 2019
Pre-conference workshops will take place on Thursday, May 16, 2019.  

Registration Rates:  
Full-time faculty/staff: $35
Part-time faculty/staff: $15
Student: $15
2019 Assessment Institute in Indianapolis
October 13-15, 2019

 We would like to extend to you and your colleagues an invitation to join us for the 2019 Assessment Institute in Indianapolis, October 13-15, 2019. The Institute, hosted by IUPUI, is now the nation’s oldest and largest event of its type.The Institute will feature  special track keynote sessions and workshops  emphasizing assessment in:
  • Community Engagement – Coordinators: Kristin Norris, IUPUI; and H. Anne Weiss, IUPUI and Indiana Campus Compact
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion – Coordinators: Michele J. Hansen and Corinne C. Renguette, IUPUI
  • ePortfolios – Coordinator: Susan Kahn, IUPUI
  • Faculty Development – Coordinators: Megan Palmer, Krista Hoffmann-Longtin, and Kyle Fassett, IUPUI
  • Global Learning – Coordinators: Gil Latz and Leslie Bozeman, IUPUI; Dawn Whitehead, Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U); and Darla Deardorff, Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA)
  • Graduate/Graduate Professional Education – Coordinators: Sherry Jimenez and Mary Bolton, Lincoln Memorial University-Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM); and Sarah Zahl, Marian University
  • High Impact Practices (First-Year Seminars and Experiences, Learning Communities, Service Learning, Capstones, Undergraduate Research, Internships, etc.) – Coordinators: Jerry Daday, Tom Hahn, Amy Powell, and Jennifer Thorington-Springer, IUPUI
  • Learning Improvement and Innovation – Coordinators: Jay Gladden, IUPUI; and Keston Fulcher, James Madison University
  • NILOA – Coordinator: Natasha Jankowski, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA)
  • STEM Education – Coordinator: Anthony Chase and Wayne J. Hilson, IUPUI
  • Student Affairs Programs and Services – Coordinator: Sonia Ninon, IUPUI

For more information, please consult our website:  http://www.assessmentinstitute.iupui.edu  or contact us at:
Phone: (317) 274-4111
Ambassadors for Excellence in Teaching
Morehead State University