December 5, 2018
Volume 2, Number 9
Lola Aagard:
What Do You Love About Teaching?
A list in no particular order after #1.
  1. Seeing the light in students' eyes when they get it!
  2. Including life lessons in class, as well as the actual course content
  3. Being as proud as their parents when I see my current and former students performing outside the classroom (music, drama, dance, athletics)
  4. Getting the chance to tell the same stories over and over again to new audiences!
  5. Watching students develop their identities over four years of college
  6. Getting the same vacation breaks as the students in the winter and summer
  7. Hearing from students how course content has made them understand their life experience differently
  8. Keeping up with research and current events in order to incorporate them into the course - I'm always learning something new!
  9. Getting to show snippets of my home movies as illustrations of course concepts
  10. Introducing students to new ideas and new ways of thinking about old ideas

by Lola Aagard, FGSE, Morehead 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?"

Click the link below to share your response:
Events on Campus for Students
Here are opportunities for students (and maybe you) on campus:

MSU Event:
  • Public Show at the Star Theater - Friday (December 7th) at 6pm is the Dawn of the Space Age program, at 7pm is the Laseropolis program, and at 8pm is the Laser Magic program at the Space Science Center
Announcing: Gather and Share Events
The FCTL will be offering " Gather & Share " events on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, starting in January, 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: Student Engagement
When: Wednesday, January 16, 2019; 3:45pm – 4:45pm
Where: ADUC 301
Educator: FCTL
Synopsis: Join FCTL in exploring “Student Engagement” at the inaugural “Gather & Share” event. Come ready to “chat it up” with your colleagues on this important topic. Refreshments will be served.
Professional Development Opportunities
on Campus
Here are opportunities for PD on campus:

Office 365 Suite Tools:
  • January 21 (Monday) from 11am to noon in the Camden-Carroll Library Training Room (100) - Join Theresa Arnett and IT in exploring select tools in the Office 365 Suite.

Using Magna Webinars:
  • January 31 (Thursday) from 1pm to 2pm in the Camden-Carroll Library Training Room (100) - Join Sam Stapleton in exploring the "Magna 20 Minute Webinars".

Career Exploring Appropriate Outcomes, Measures and Targets for Assessing Administrative & Educational Support Units:
  • February 22 (Friday) from 2pm to 4:30pm in Combs 413 - This session will focus on formulating appropriate outcomes, measures and assessment plans:
  1. Defines outcome
  2. Choosing appropriate outcomes
  3. Define measures
  4. Direct vs. indirect measures
  5. Appropriate measures for different types of outcomes
  6. Setting appropriate targets
  7. Completing action plans/continuous improvement
  • Those interested in attending should register by emailing Kathy Hargett at or by calling 606-783-5470.
Mini Grants Available for
Alternative Spring Break Trips and Activities
Applications open October 1st

 KyCC has received Volunteer Generation Funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) for alternative service activities that:
  • are in Kentucky
  • include reflection for participants
  • include an intergenerational component

For more information, see there website:
Stem+ Monthly Webinar
First Friday of Every Month: 3-4pm EST
The Next Webinar: December 7th, 2018

 KyCC has created a monthly webinar for STEM+ faculty to connect with each other and learn about effective practices. The webinar is on the first Friday of the month from 3-4pm EST.  To read their latest newsletter and get the link for the webinar, please go here.
Teach Abroad
Deadline: March 1, 2019
F aculty 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 to begin your application. For information about your application, visit the “Faculty” dropdown at For information about the Winter programs, see the “Programs” dropdown.
2019 Gateway Course Experience Conference
Atlanta, GA / March 17-19, 2019

 Higher education faculty, professionals, students and educators are invited to:
  • Share innovative ideas and practices you are using to solve problems and enable transformative course redesign at your institution.
  • Connect and collaborate with colleagues from other institutions who are working to integrate active learning and other strategies into how they teach gateway courses.
  • Share evidence about how your course redesign efforts are improving student success and learning and/or advancing more equitable outcomes. 
  • We value your students' perspectives in all aspects of teaching and learning and encourage you to consider having a student(s) as co-presenter(s).

Early submissions are welcomed and appreciated.
Magna (Online) Webinars
24/7 Professional Development for Faculty
Featured Webinars:

How Can I Get Useful Feedback to Improve My Online Teaching?
In this webinar, you will learn the value of evaluation including how to:
  • Identify your professional development as an instructor.
  • Prepare for formal performance reviews including promotion and tenure.

What are the Three Worst Mistakes to Make in the Classroom?
There is a trio of potential higher education teaching pitfalls. One involves how you teach, another what you teach and finally whom you teach. This webinar explores ideas to avoid the problems while creating a positive, productive learning environment.

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
  • 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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Morehead State University