February 5, 2020
Volume 3, Number 10
Wise Feedback: Using Constructive Feedback to Motivate Learners
How many of us have thought about giving useful feedback to our students and fallen short? Moreover, how many times have we given what we thought was extensive feedback, and seen no improvements in student performance? Or that some students were utilizing our feedback while others did not? How can we provide constructive feedback which will be useful to all learners in that it serves to both instruct as well as motivate students? One way might be to provide “wise feedback.”

What is wise feedback?
Wise feedback is targeted feedback which conveys high expectations, the instructor’s genuine belief that those expectations can be achieved by the student, and provides concrete information to help the student meet the expectations. Here, “wise” does not necessarily mean smarter or better. Instead, wise feedback refers to psychological interventions which are attuned to how people make sense of themselves, others, and social situations which may affect their learning. 

How do I provide wise feedback?
I am giving you these comments because I have very high expectations and I know that you can reach them.” or “ The expectations in this course are high and I know you can do great work. The feedback here is designed to help you get there.” Using this framing when providing feedback to your students helps to build trust, signal belonging, and combine high standards with the assurance that people can reach them. Obviously, simple assurances and trust in the abilities of others are in themselves not sufficient to guarantee success. It is therefore essential to also include constructive criticism, clear pathways/specific directions, and guidance on how students can achieve success.

Who can benefit from wise feedback?
While all students can benefit from wise feedback, studies have shown that students from cultures which have traditionally suffered from race-based stigma, seem to get additional benefits from wise feedback (Cohen, Steele, & Ross, 1999; Yeager et al, 2014).
Communicating high expectations and providing students with the support to meet them is crucial. Students can thrive when they are challenged. But they need to understand the expectations, know how to meet them, and feel that the instructor believes in their capabilities.


– by  Devshikha Bose, Instructional Design Consultant, IDEA Shop/Center for Teaching and Learning, Boise State University
What I Love About Teaching Campaign
Hello Educators,
We are looking for your response to the question "What do you love about teaching?"

While enjoying the summer, take a few moments to share your response by clicking the link below:
Events on Campus
Here are opportunities for students (and maybe you) on campus:

MSU Event  :
  • Resume Lab - TODAY, February 5, 2-4pm, Bert Combs Building, Room 302. Drop in and have our team assist you in constructing a strong resume to use in your job/internship search. Start from scratch or bring a draft in electronic form.
  • MSU Star Theater - Saturday, February 8 & February 15, 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!
  • Gather & Share - Tuesday, February 18, 3:45pm-4:45pm, ADUC Room 310. Join FCTL in exploring "Building curiosity – What questions are you asking?”. Come ready to “chat it up” with your colleagues on this relevant and important topic. Refreshments will be served.
  • 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!
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 16th

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.
Magna (Online) Webinars
24/7 Professional Development for Faculty
Featured Webinars:

How Can I Capture Students' Interest in the First 5 Minutes?
Teaching and learning depend on building and sustaining students’ interest from the first to the last day of class. This webinar focuses on strong course openings to get it all started including:
  • Drafting a statement to draw students into the subject matter.
  • Making the most of that first meeting with students.

What do Students Want in Online Courses?
The webinar address how to meet the needs of both students and faculty when developing online course including how to:
  • Ask the right questions on the front end.
  • Create a better online experience.
  • Meet students’ needs without sacrificing standards.

Accessing Webinars:

These licensed Magna resources are available through a password-protected website. For access, faculty need to:
  • Log into MSU’s employee portal;
  • 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:
  • Each webinar takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.
  • All webinars are available on your schedule since they are online and easily accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Webinars include supplemental materials such as bibliographies and handouts.
  • Certificates of completion are available for professional portfolios and Faculty 180.
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