February 19, 2020
Volume 3, Number 11
What Are They Really Saying?
A Quick Strategy for Peer Feedback
Structured peer feedback activities are a great addition to most writing assignments. I find that students gain confidence in their work by having others read it and provide commentary prior to turning it in. Peer feedback can help a writer identify problems in their own writing; they can see firsthand what it is like to assess a writing critically, rather than just relying on the instructor to find all the mistakes. And honestly, student writing generated with peers in mind stands a better chance of being more engaging than papers written solely for my eyes. Because students will often focus on grammatical improvements unless explicitly directed to focus on other aspects of the writing process, I love giving them specific activities. Some peed back strategies require more time/effort, but this one is quick and easy!

Students should come prepared with a draft of their essay and I ask them to get into pairs. Then ask them to write the following: 
  1. In one sentence, their main position or thesis. 
  2. A list of their opinions included within the paper 
  3. Any possible counter-arguments to their opinions 

Then ask students to put that first sheet (with the three sections just listed) away and switch and read their partner’s paper. Then ask the students to write down, for their partner’s paper, the same thing they write down for their own: 
  1. The thesis 
  2. The opinions included within the paper 
  3. Counter-opinions

Ask students to bring out the original sheets from their self-analysis and then compare the differences between what they thought was in their paper and what an outside reader thought was inherent in their text.

Hopefully, some students will realize that their opinions were not well supported or that they did not express that which they thought as well as possible. Ask the class for some examples/highlights from partner discussion. This exercise also will reveal the different ways in which people read texts and think about them.

– by  Ashley Montgomery, Assistant Dean of Teaching, Learning and Assessment, University of Maine at Farmington
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Events on Campus
Here are opportunities for students (and maybe you) on campus:

MSU Event  :
  • Resume Blitz - TODAY & TOMORROW, February 19 & 20, 10am-2pm, ADUC, 2nd floor. Get a recruiter's opinion on how to strengthen your resume!
  • TODAY, February 19: Lexington Division of Police, Speedway, Vector Marketing.
  • TOMORROW, February 20: Cintas, Enterprise, Transamerica Agency Network.
  • MSU Star Theater - Saturday, February 22 & February 29, 11am & 1pm, Space Science Center. Every Saturday from September thru June, the Star Theater at MSU’s Space Science Center invites the public to see a full dome planetarium show or laser show
  • Fall in Love with your Major - Wednesday, February 24, 1-3pm, Bert Combs Building, Room 302. Is your major your perfect match? Unsure of what to major in? Know your major, but don't know what to do with it? This event will help you make the connection between your strengths and specific careers. Stop by to explore TypeFocus and learn about options that match you!
  • Career Fair - Wednesday, March 4, 10am-1pm, ADUC Ballroom. Connect with employers and graduate schools to find jobs and internships, or have a professional headshot taken. Currently there are 70+ organizations attending and more register every day. See who wants to hire our students on the free Career Fair Plus app - https://app.careerfairplus.com/mhead_ky/fair/2360.
  • Gather & Share - Tuesday, March 24, 3:45pm-4:45pm, ADUC Room 310. Join FCTL in exploring "Failure & Grading - Is Failure part of the learning process”. Come ready to “chat it up” with your colleagues on this relevant and important topic. Refreshments will be served.
Graduate Student Regional Research Conference:
Balancing Graduate School with Mental Wellness

February 27-28, 2020  

University of Louisville/Louisville, KY 

For more information:
Call for Proposals: The 2020 Pedagogicon
May 15th, EKU
Proposals Due: February 26th

The conference theme, “  Students as Partners in Teaching and Learning,” encourages us to examine and promote students-as-partners strategies for teaching and learning that encourage deep, transferable academic experiences.
Do you have an exceptional strategy to share? Do you have a new theory or practice that might enhance teaching and learning, faculty development, educational practices, or student engagement at your institution and beyond? Presenters are encouraged to engage their audience, so preference will be given to those submissions that specify how this engagement will be provided. The conference will host an opening session on transparency in learning and teaching.

Threads might include but are not limited to:
  • Use of technology to enhance students-as-partners in teaching and learning
  • Creative instructional techniques that engage students in partnership experiences
  • Faculty development initiatives, programs, and processes that promote students-as-partners in teaching and learning
  • New ways to use Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) to enhance student partnerships in teaching and learning
  • Strategies for incorporating diversity, culturally responsive pedagogy, and/or inclusive excellence into students-as-partners teaching and learning models and designs
  • High-Impact Educational Practices that enhance students as partners in teaching and learning
  • Student perspectives on partnerships in teaching and learning.

Presenters will also have the opportunity to submit their work for consideration in the annual Proceedings, to be published in late 2020.  

Submit proposals online at   https://studio.eku.edu/pedagogicon-proposal-form .
19th Annual   Posters-at-the-Capitol
March 5th, Frankfort

The   Link to Register  is:
Posters-at-the-Capitol   an event hosted collaboratively by Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Kentucky State University, Morehead State University, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, and Western Kentucky University, is intended to help members of Kentucky’s legislature and the Governor better understand the importance of involving undergraduates in research, scholarly, and creative work. It provides undergraduates with the opportunity to engage in scholarship, research, and creative work that is important to their educational experience and professional development. We encourage faculty to have their students participate in   Posters-at-the-Capitol to help those in Kentucky who fund higher education understand why these experiences are so important. 
Innovative Teaching & Learning Conference:
Lighting the Way to Deeper Learning

March 31, 2020
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Teaching & Learning Innovation, UT Knoxville’s home for faculty and educational development, is pleased to present its Innovative Teaching & Learning Conference 2020.
This conference highlights the importance of good teaching in higher education settings by featuring the innovative teaching practices that occur in college classrooms across the state of Tennessee.
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Featured Webinars:

How What is the Best Way to Grade Participation?
Faculty members know it is essential for students to be active participants in their own education. The challenge, however, is developing a method to grade class participation. This webinar explores:
  • Activities worth doing and how-to-do them.
  • Common mistakes to avoid when grading participation.
  • Ways to evaluate and refine the grading method.

How Can I Keep Students Engaged with Instructor Presence?
This webinar explores the importance on faculty presence in the online teaching environment. Learn how to analyze, evaluate and improve the level of instructor presence in your courses.

Accessing Webinars:

These licensed Magna resources are available through a password-protected website. For access, faculty need to:
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  • Look under the My Classes (Blackboard) section for the Magna Training Site;
  • If Magna isn't showing up in your list of courses, please send a request to be added to msuonline@moreheadstate.edu.
  • When you click on the Magna Training Site, the Blackboard shell will open. Please note, you will be asked to submit a "Terms of Use" agreement before viewing any webinars.

Benefits of Magna Webinars:

I understand that you have a lot on your plate, so let me give you a few reasons why you should consider trying a Magna webinar:
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