March 12, 2019
Volume 3, Number 14
Using Food for Attention,
Participation, and Reflection
Are you looking for a new way to:
  • gain students’ attention?
  • review lessons learned in a course?
  • ensure student participation in your class?

If you answered yes, consider implementing Candy Questions into one or more of your lessons. I used to hand out candy as a reward for students who would participate in my class. More often than not, the same two people would answer questions each week. Discouraged at the lack of voluntary participation, I decided to leverage candy for a new multipurpose activity. 

To implement Candy Questions, first gather fun size candy bars. Try to obtain a variety that corresponds to the number of question prompts you want to use. In my first year seminar I use four varieties to represent four different prompts. Make sure to have one piece of candy for each student in your course. At the beginning of the class, have each student select a piece of candy. Let students know they do not have to eat the candy, but they need to take a piece for the activity. Then, announce the question prompt corresponding to each type of candy. For example, in my first year seminar I use:

Heath English Toffee Bar
  • How is your time management schedule working out?
  • Which learning strategies have you employed? Were they effective?
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup
  • What’s the best/most exciting thing that has happened in the past week?
Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar
  • What’s the most fun word to say?
The first two question prompts relate to the application of topics we have discussed so far in the term. You can easily substitute topics appropriate for your course. Another question prompt promotes positive thinking, and the final prompt is just really fun! I go around the room, call each student by name, ask what candy they selected, and repeat the question prompt, to which the student then responds. From there, I may go on to the next student, or we may engage in a short discussion about the response. 

I typically have about 15 students in my course, so this activity takes approximately 10 minutes. If you have a large enrollment, consider implementing the activity during multiple class periods with different students participating each time. Or, have students select candy, divide into groups, and answer the questions within their group. Using Candy Questions not only secures students’ attention and participation, but also provides an opportunity for students to reflect on their use of the skills being taught. 

– by Sarah Forbes, Ph.D., Director of Student Academic Success, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
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: 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 .  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
Online Grading of Assignments
For teachers, providing feedback is a serious and troublesome thing, utilize the Blackboard the grading sidebar to make the feedback more simple and quick.
Students can learn from the feedback their professors provide. Faculty feedback is critical when students submit assignments. Blackboard provides a useful tool so faculty can easily locate and annotate student assignments within the online environment. 

This YouTube tutorial demonstrates how to use this tool via the grading sidebar in Grade Center. Email 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:
Innovative Teaching & Learning Conference
at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Conference Date: April 8, 2019
Registration Deadline: March 22, 2019

This is an announcement that Teaching & Learning Innovation at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is hosting its inaugural Innovative Teaching & Learning Conference April 8  th, 2019. Our theme is  Pioneering Pathways to Deeper Learning. We invite you to attend.
This conference is free and will be held in the new Student Union. Our goal is to highlight the importance of good teaching in higher education settings by featuring the innovative teaching practices that occur in the higher education context.
We welcome proposals that highlight practices (collaborative, active, peer-led, etc.), pedagogies (e.g. experiential learning, engaged scholarship, inclusive and culturally relevant, etc.) and/or methods of delivery (online, blended, face-to-face, etc.) in the higher education context.
Please keep in mind that the  registration deadline is March 22, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Please use the following links provided to learn more about the conference.   Please be aware that there are a limited number of rooms available at the special rate. To guarantee you receive the rate, please make your reservations before March 15 th  .

For additional information, please contact Ferlin McGaskey at
Thank you so much and we hope to see you at the conference!
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:  or contact us at:
Phone: (317) 274-4111
Ambassadors for Excellence in Teaching
Morehead State University