April 16, 2019
Volume 3, Number 16
Ending Class with Purpose
So often we start class by setting-the-stage or doing warm-up exercises, but we rarely take the time to end class with the same purpose. We teach up until the last-minute, forgetting that students benefit from opportunities to check for understanding, tie up loose ends and correct misunderstandings. An intentional closure activity creates a more lasting impression. Rob Lucero of Colorado State University calls this the recency effect, also known as a lasting impression. Below are a few tried and true strategies that work well for closure activities:

1)      Three W’s- Students discuss or write: (1) What did we learn today? (2) So what (how does this fit into what we are learning)? (3) Now what (can we predict where we are going)?

2)      3-2-1- Students reflect and record 3 things they learned, 2 things they have a question about, 1 thing they want you to know.

3)      If you prefer to end class with a question for individual or group reflection, Rick Wormeli wrote an excellent book called  Summarization in Any Subject: 50 Techniques to Improve Student Learning. Below are some questions to guide student reflection from his book:
  • How does something you learned connect to what you already knew?
  • What questions do you still have?
  • What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned?
  • Imagine a simile or a metaphor about what we learned.
  • Think of one thing you have learned in this class that you can apply in another class or another part of your life. What is it, and how can you apply it?
  • What was your favorite activity in class? Why?
  • What was your least favorite activity in class? Why?

– by Ashley Montgomery, Assistant Dean of Teaching, Learning & Assessment, University of Maine at Farmington
Announcing: Gather & Share Events
The FCTL is offering "  Gather & Share  " events on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, 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 ( TOMORROW ), 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
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. 
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:
UK Service Learning Symposium
Conference Date: April 19, 2019
 Please join us for    UK’s Service-Learning Symposium    with    Dr. George Kuhon     Friday, April 19   th   , from    9am to 12:15pm    at the    University of Kentucky, Singletary Center (Recital Hall)   .
Dr. Kuh is nationally recognized for his research on high impact practices in higher education, institutional improvement, college student engagement, and assessment strategies. Dr. Kuh is the Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus at Indiana University, Founding Director of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, and author of    High-Impact Educational Practices    (2008).
The Symposium will include an address by Dr. Kuh followed by Q&A, as well as a panel discussion with members of UK faculty, students, and community partners involved in service-learning.
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.

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
Proposals for the 2019 Tri-State Conference on Diversity & Inclusion are now being accepted. The Conference will be held September 27, 2019 at Morehead State University and is being chaired by staff in the Office of the President and Communications and Marketing. The 2019 conference theme is Equity in Education: Erasing Opportunity Gaps.  All workshops should be centered on the central theme of diversity and inclusion with a focus on achievement gaps for marginalized student populations. Information on past workshops can be found at www.tristatediversityandinclusion.com . The review of proposals will begin May 1, 2019 .   
Proposal Criteria
The Planning Committee welcomes proposals related to any dimension of diversity including, but not limited to:
  • Defining diversity and inclusion
  • Building inclusive communities
  • Addressing other aspects of diversity: religion, disabilities, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, conscious/unconscious bias, multiculturalism, gender, Appalachian culture, poverty, mental health, foster care, veterans, and access to higher education.
  • Strategies on engaging the campus and larger community in diversity education
  • Managing controversial issues on campus, in the classroom, or in the workplace

Proposals should supplement and enhance the conference theme. Proposals may be papers, presentations, workshops, performances, or other creative modes of promoting the education and acceptance of diversity and inclusion.
Instructions for Submitting a Proposal
Who should submit: The Planning Committee is calling all educators, behavioral health professionals, social service agencies, state and local government, judiciary, health care, business and industry practitioners to submit proposals sharing experiences and best practices through thought-provoking presentations, interactive demonstrations, and engaging conversations.
Length of Presentation: All sessions should be 60 minutes in length with an additional 15 minutes for a question and answer period.
Audience Experience Level: Conference participants include high school and college students as well as entry to senior level professionals from across the spectrum of organizations and institutions. Presentations should indicate if they are best suited for secondary students, post-secondary students, professionals, or are appropriate for all levels of experience.
Presentation Scope: Presentations should be interactive, engaging, and relevant to the learning outcomes of this conference. If the presentation focus is more appropriate for corporate, health care, social agency, and/or higher education it should be clearly identified as such.
Presentation Policy: Presenters are responsible for providing all handouts to attendees and their own travel expenses. Presenters are also responsible for providing an electronic copy of their presentation to the Planning Committee one week prior to the event. Presenters should indicate any audiovisual equipment needs with their proposal. The Planning Committee will not be able to honor onsite requests the day of the conference.
Additional Materials: Presenters selected will be expected to cooperate with the continuing education guidelines of the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board, the West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling and/or the Kentucky Board of Licensed Professional Counselors as required by the Planning Committee.

Proposal Submission:     Email proposals to:
Dr. Linda Koenig                                            Mr . Robert Pleasant
lkoenig@shawnee.edu                              pleasanr@ohio.edu
Director of Counseling & Health Services Associate Director, Student Resource
Shawnee State University Commons Ohio University
*It is suggested that you place the above email address in your contact/whitelist to prevent bounce-backs as notification will be made in email. 
Submission Requirements:   Proposals may be submitted by individuals or groups composed of students, faculty, staff, and community members. All proposals must be typed, double-spaced, 12-point font, and limited to 300 words.   Complete proposals will contain the following presenter information:
  • Clear identification of the lead presenter who will serve as the contact person
  • Presenter(s) name(s)
  • Job title
  • Institution/organizational affiliation
  • Complete mailing address
  • Telephone number
  • E-mail address
  • Biographical sketch (500 words or less)

Complete proposals will contain the following session information 
  • Title
  • Audience Experience Level
  • Presentation Scope
  • Objectives/Outcomes
  • Session Synopsis/Abstract
  • Method of Presentation (i.e. discussion, power point, activity, etc.)
  • Audiovisual Equipment Needs
Sponsoring Institutions
Ashland Community & Technical College
Marshall University
Marshall University School of Pharmacy
Ohio University-Southern
Morehead State University
Morehead State University-Ashland
Mountwest Community & Technical College
Shawnee State University
University of RIO Grande

Ambassadors for Excellence in Teaching
Morehead State University