February 26, 2019
Volume 3, Number 13
Know Your Audience: The iGens Have Landed!
For the past 20 years, higher-education instructors have grown accustomed to teaching millennials, which is now an unfortunate mindset. The bulk of today’s college students belong to the next generation, the iGens, and they differ greatly from their predecessors. As a result, higher ed instructors as good communicators need to know their audience and create a new pedagogy.

According to Twenge (2017), iGens were “Born in 1995 and later, they grew up with cell phones, had an Instagram page before they started high school, and do not remember a time before the Internet” (p. 2). They check their phones more than 80 times a day—which means in your one-hour class, their full attention is diverted at least five times—and they spend less time on their homework than the previous generation. Twenge importantly notes, “iGen’ers academic skills lag behind their Millennial predecessors’ by significant margins” (p. 63).

Specifically, Twenge details some other educational traits of the iGens:
  • They “are more hesitant to talk in class and to ask questions.”
  • They are fine with lectures if the information is going to be on the test.
  • “They like discussion but don’t want it to take too much time from learning the material.”
  • Used to watching three-minute videos, they have short attention spans and might fall asleep without an in-class video.
  • They don’t like to read books or magazines.
  • They cannot judge the content of what they read—i.e., they lack critical thinking (pp. 307-308).

Twenge’s book and other like Larry Rosen’s Rewired (2010) and Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows (2010) paint a similar portrait of our current audience. What matters the most is the need for college instructors to gain insight into this new generation and adjust their pedagogies accordingly.

Carr, N. (2010).  The Shallows. New York, NY: W. W. Norton.
Rosen, L. (2010).  Rewired. New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan.
Twenge, J. (2017).  iGen. New York, New York: Atria Books.

– by Charlie Sweet, Hal Blythe, and Rusty Carpenter, Eastern Kentucky University
Announcing: Gather & Share Events
The FCTL will be 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: Exploring Constructivism
When: Wednesday, March 27, 2019; 3:45pm – 4:45pm
Where: ADUC 301
Educator: FCTL
Synopsis: Join FCTL in exploring “Exploring Constructivism” 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
Abstracts Due: March 18th

All undergraduate and graduate students working with faculty on any type of scholarly endeavor within their discipline (research, creative productions, regional engagement, etc.) are encouraged to present their work. High quality scholarly products from courses (e.g., capstone projects, independent research, research courses, etc.) are also welcome.  All Undergraduate Research Fellows are required to present their work.

Abstracts will be submitted this year only through an electronic Abstract Submission form. The form can be located at https://coss-submissions.onlinescoringsystem.com/abstracts/new .  Once on the website, students will need to click on the Submit an Abstract button at the bottom of the page. Students will need to complete each section of the submission form. Once complete, the student will be prompted to submit the abstract to their faculty mentor for approval. The mentor will receive an email notification that there is an abstract awaiting approval. The mentor will approve and submit the abstract through the Electronic Abstract Submission form website to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Only the mentor can make changes to the abstract and resubmit the abstract by the deadline date. The deadline for this final submission of abstracts is Monday, March 18, 2019, by 8:00 AM.
Document Services (Allie Young 14) will print student PowerPoint posters free of charge if submitted no later than 4:30 PM on Friday, April 19, 2019.  You will receive further instructions regarding this.
No exceptions or extensions can be made to the deadlines above for abstract submissions, or for poster submissions for printing
Need more Information? 
Blackboard Buzz
How to Set Your Notification Options
It is important to remind students to complete their tasks on time. It is a good idea to give them a proper reminder. Check Blackboard’s Notification Options, So that you know how to customize the reminder.

Always know what is happening in your courses by setting Blackboard's notification system to alert you when events occur. You can receive alerts for events such as when new content is posted, when new discussion board postings are submitted, when a test is available and much more. Alerts can be sent to your course homepage, your email address, and to your mobile device.

This YouTube video demonstrates you how to set your notification Options. 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:
Teach Abroad
Deadline: March 1, 2019
Faculty are invited to apply to teach a course in a KIIS Summer 2020 program. KIIS operates approximately 22 Summer programs each year. Faculty application materials include:
  • Biographical information
  • CV (PDF)
  • Your proposed course title & a brief course description (For more information please click here.)
  • Details of your teaching & experience
  • Email address for your supervisor (he or she will receive an email to complete this section within 10 days of the faculty deadline)
 The Faculty Summer application deadline is March 1, 2019. Click any “Apply Now” button at  kiis.org to begin your application. For information about your application, visit the “Faculty” dropdown at kiis.org. For information about the Winter programs, see the “Programs” dropdown.
2019 Assessment Institute in Indianapolis
October 13-15, 2019
Call for Proposals: March 8, 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

To submit a proposal, go to: 
For more information, please consult our website:  http://www.assessmentinstitute.iupui.edu  or contact us at:
Phone: (317) 274-4111
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
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