October 24, 2018
Volume 2, Number 6
Call: What Do You Love About Teaching?
Hello Educators,

I am excited to announce the “What I love about teaching?” campaign that is being initiated by the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning. The campaign is an opportunity to share and gather stories about the value and power of teaching. These stories will be collected in written, audio, video, art/creative production etc. One goal of the campaign is to act as an overarching umbrella that speaks to the types of professional development we will be investigating regarding teaching. Begin thinking about your teaching experiences/stories and your response to the question: “What I love about teaching?”

Send an email to fctl@moreheadstate.edu if you would like to participate in the campaign.

Let's share what we love about teaching!


– by Daryl Privott, Director, Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning
Professional Development Opportunities
on Campus
Here are opportunities for PD on campus:

Writing Effective Outcomes, Choosing Measures and Setting Targets for Academic Programs:
  • November 20 (Tuesday) from 2pm to 4:30pm in Combs 413 - This training will focus on writing concise and appropriate learning outcomes, choosing appropriate measures and setting appropriate targets for academic programs. The training will delineate the differences in goals and outcomes and how to articulate outcomes, specifically define what student learning outcomes are and provide examples of good outcomes for such academic programs. Also, the training will explore appropriate measures to utilize based on the outcome to be assessed. Setting appropriate targets and how to articulate targets will also be discussed.
  1. What is a student learning outcome?
  2. Examples of good student learning outcomes
  3. What are appropriate targets for my unit?
  • Those interested in attending should register by emailing Kathy Hargett at k.hargett@moreheadstate.edu or by calling 606-783-5470.

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 k.hargett@moreheadstate.edu or by calling 606-783-5470.
Events on Campus for Students
Here are opportunities for students (and maybe you) on campus:

Career Services (ground floor of the Camden-Carroll Library):
  • LinkedIn or Left Out - Nov. 7th (Wednesday) from 2pm to 4pm in the Bert Combs Building, Room 302. Drop in and learn how to build or improve your LinkedIn profile and use it to expand your professional network. Come professionally dressed for a free photo.
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: https://kycompact.org/americorps/alternative-spring-break-funding/.
Teaching Professor Conference - (June 7-9) - New Orleans

 The Teaching Professor Conference, is accepting proposals for concurrent sessions and poster presentations. New this year is a proposal to present a 20-Minute Mentor session, which will be published as a Magna Webinar (yes, that's the ones we feature below).   The deadline for submitting a proposal is October 31 . The conference is June 7-9, 2018, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Conference information and session proposal can be found here .
Stem+ Monthly Webinar
First Friday of Every Month: 3-4pm EST
The Next Webinar: November 2nd, 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.
2019 Gateway Course Experience Conference
Atlanta, GA / March 17-19, 2019
Proposal Due Date: November 26, 2018

 Higher education faculty, professionals, students and educators are invited to  submit proposals  on a topic addressing:
  • 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.
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  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.
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.

How Can I Enhance the Impact of Feedback in Online Classes?
Feedback is a critical step in the learning process. In this webinar, you will explore how to use feedback to:
  • Grab students’ attention.
  •  Help students learn from their mistakes.
In addition, you will learn how to improve online feedback to your students so it is more timely, specific and effective. 

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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Morehead State University