February 20, 2018
Volume 2, Number 4
Service Learning News
New Service Learning Resources
New service-learning resource books available in the Camden Carroll Library include:
  • A practitioner's guide to reflection in service-learning: Student voices & reflections Paperback – January 31, 1996 by Janet Eyler (Editor), Dwight Giles (Editor)
  • Fundamentals of Service-Learning Course Construction by Kerrissa Heffernan (Author)
  • The Future of Service-Learning: New Solutions for Sustaining and Improving Practice – Aug 11, 2009 by Jean R. Strait and Marybeth Lima
  • Introduction to Service-Learning Toolkit: Readings and Resources for Faculty 2nd Edition by Campus Compact (Author)
Some Fellowships Are Still Available
There are currently unfilled Spring 2018 Engagement Fellowships available. Faculty members, if you know a student whom you think may be interested in working with you on an engagement project, please have them contact Louise Cooper, Service-Learning Coordinator at 606-783-5493 or l.cooper@moreheadstate.edu or have them stop by 223 Allie Young Hall. Interested students:

  • Must be enrolled full-time during the term of the fellowship.
  • Must have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Must work with a faculty mentor or an engagement project or on research benefitting a community partner.

The fellowships are available for one semester (up to $1250) or two semesters (up to $2500) and are renewable for two additional semesters.
In-The-Know
2018 Kentucky
Engagement Conference
Conference Theme: Civil Dialogue: Approaches & Applications
Date/Time: Friday, March 2 / 8am-4:30pm
Location: Spaulding University, Louisville, KY

Manuscript Call - Kentucky Journal of Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Manuscript Deadline: March 25, 2018

The Kentucky Journal for Excellence in College Teaching and Learning is a peer - reviewed electronic Journal sponsored by the Kentucky Council for Post Secondary Education Faculty Development Group. The Journal is published by the College of Education, Eastern Kentucky University. General categories for articles include theory, research, and practice. In addition, the Journal will publish manuscripts containing book or media reviews, profiles, and commentary. The Journal targets the professional development of college and university faculty within the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Its primary goal is to enhance student learning by promoting excellence in teaching in higher education institutions in Kentucky. Its presence will also serve to further a national and international awareness of teaching and learning issues and best practices in higher education. For more information, please see their website: https://kjectl.eku.edu.
Kentucky Student Success Summit 2018
The 7th annual Kentucky Student Success Summit will explore the theme "The Future of Undergraduate Education, The Future of Kentucky!
The conference is April 9th & 10th at the Marriott Louisville East, Louisville, KY.
For more information, visit cpe.ky.gov/studentsuccess
Conference Call - Pedagogicon
Deadline to Register: May 11, 2018
Conference Date: May 18, 2018

This regional conference is sponsored by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. It is held annually at the Richmond campus of Eastern Kentucky University. This year's conference theme is Student-Centered Teaching and Learning. Proposals for group and/or individual presentations are due by February 1 st . For more information, please see their website: http://studio.eku.edu/2018-pedagogicon.
Kentucky Convergence Conference
Save-The-Date: October 17-19, 2018

The 2018 Kentucky Convergence Conference will be held October 17-19 at the University of Louisville Shelby Campus. The call for proposals will be issued in spring 2018. This year’s theme is “The Next Reality: Doing it Farther, Faster, and Better.”

Convergence is the single event that brings together professionals in information technology, academic libraries, online learning, and instructional design from all the public and private colleges and universities in Kentucky and the surrounding states. Sponsored by Kentucky post-secondary institutions and private sector partners, Kentucky Convergence is a conference that emphasizes innovations and best practices in the fastest-growing areas of higher education. For more info: http://kyconvergence.org
Blackboard Buzz
How to Create an Item Statistics Report
Do you know that your students have not looked at the material as required? Do you want to know how popular is your course information? Create an item statistics report and see the situation.

Item statistics provide detailed usage information about your content. You can enable statistics tracking at any time, and begin collecting data from that moment on.

This tutorial video on YouTube will show you how to access statistics tracking, turn it on for a content item, and view the statistics report. Email msuonline@moreheadstate.edu for additional information and on-campus support.
Consortium Article
Universal Design for Learning

Teaching and Learning Strategies to Support Diverse Learning and Life Needs and Enhance Student Success
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) promotes opportunities to increase access and reduce barriers to learning to enhance student success for all with diverse learning and/or life needs. Diverse learning needs may include international students, non-proficient readers, introverts, high anxiety, underachieving students, veterans, and students with illnesses. Life needs may include working students, commuters, parents, and non-traditional students. 
 
While not a replacement for all accommodations for students with specific disabilities, UDL offers a proactive approach in designing inclusive classrooms. Applying UDL principles may reduce both the need for individual accommodations and the associated stigma. Rather than addressing needs in a reactive approach, UDL is designing instruction and assessment in a proactive, intentional manner to embrace diversity and support teaching for social justice. 
 
UDL origins stem from architectural design principles (Rose, Meyer & Gordon, 2014). As an example, although ramps and curbcuts were designed for individuals with mobility challenges (wheelchairs), the general population has benefited from this design as it enhances ease of movement for those pushing a stroller, a shopping cart, or luggage.
 
Teaching and Learning Strategies based on three guiding principles (CAST, 2015; National Center on Universal Design for Learning, 2014):
1.      Provide multiple means of engagement by activating students’ motivation and interest
  • Offer a range of both group and individual work
  • Engage students through in-class and on-line activities
  • Allow students to select topics within a given assignment based on interest and relevancy
  • Build in opportunities that engage students past experiences, identities, interests, backgrounds and cultures
  • Technology tools- student response systems and multimedia feedback
2.      Provide multiple means of representation by presenting information in different formats (video, text, audio, image)
  • Offer visual and auditory works (text, video, infographics)
  • Provide clear, detailed directions and instructions with rubrics and examples
  • Study guides and key word and glossary reviews
  • Record lecture material for students to review after class and use for study purposes
  • Technology tools- streaming videos, voice and text overs, virtual conferencing
3.      Provide multiple means of action and expression by having students demonstrate their learning through multiple assessment formats
  • Offer flexibility and choice in the way in which students demonstrate the learning outcomes (presentations, essays, videos)
  • Provide feedback and opportunities for revision
  • Increase the amount of “low stakes” assignments
  • Have students reflect on their learning, knowledge, skills and dispositions.
  • Technology tools- learning management systems, tools to demonstrate understanding

CETL has created a campus-wide UDL Initiative aimed at shifting the institutional culture toward supporting and encouraging UDL principles and practices in the classroom and across the campus to increase student success. The above teaching tips and strategies are samples from our QuickNotes Series on UDL (developed by Amanda Nichols-Hess, Christina Moore, and Judy Ableser).  
 
You can find additional readings on practical ways to apply or advocate for UDL at OU CETL’s website: https://www.oakland.edu/cetl/ou-teaching-initiatives .
 
References:
Center for Applied and Special Technologies. (2015). About Universal Design for Learning . Retrieved from http://www.cast.org/our-work/about-udl.html#.WHT3CFMrKUk
Meyer, A., Rose, D., & Gordon, D. (2014). Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice . Boston, MA: CAST Professional Publishing.
National Center on Universal Design for Learning. (2014, November 11). Universal Design for Learning Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.udlcenter.org/aboutudl/udlguidelines_theorypractice
Rose, D. H., & Meyer, A. (2002). Teaching every student in the digital age: Universal design for learning . Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). 
 
 
Written and Submitted by:
Judy Ableser , PhD
Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)
Oakland University in Rochester, MI
Ambassadors for Excellence in Teaching
Morehead State University