January 23, 2019
Volume 2, Number 11
Rebecca Davison:
What Do You Love About Teaching?
To be honest, I don’t always love being an Instructor. At the end of the semester when stacks of paper sit on my desk, waiting to be graded, and I’m exhausted, I often wonder, “Why am I doing this?” This semester, that feeling came early. I woke up Thursday morning feeling overwhelmed by the looming semester and again questioning, “Why am I doing this?” But that morning when I opened my email, I was reminded why I am doing this.

I often teach senior social work students in their final semester. They are taking classes, completing 400-hour practicums, and making big life decisions about graduate school and/or employment. Needless to say, there comes a point in the semester where they all seem overwhelmed, exhausted and anxious about the future. This is when I give each of them a crazy straw and my little speech about life not being linear. Life is full of swerves and turns, just like a crazy straw. 
I don’t really know what students do with those straws. Some may toss it in the trash. Some may give it away. But one sent me an email on a gloomy Thursday morning with a picture of her straw placed in a pencil holder on her desk on her second day of a new job. That’s why I am doing this.

by Rebecca Davison, BSW Program, 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:
  • Resume Lab - Wednesday (February 6th), 2pm to 4pm in Bert Combs Room 302. Your resume is a very important document in your job/internship search. Drop in and let the professionals in Career Services assist you in constructing a strong resume. Start from scratch or bring a draft in electronic form.
Announcing: Gather and Share Events
The FCTL will be offering " Gather & Share " events on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 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: Scoiality
When: Wednesday, February 20, 2019; 3:45pm – 4:45pm
Where: ADUC 301
Educator: FCTL
Synopsis: Join FCTL in exploring “Sociality”. 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 28 (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".

WebEx Collaboration:
  • February 5 (Tuesday) from 1pm to 2pm in the Camden-Carroll Library Training Room (100) - Join Teresa Arnett & IT in exploring WEbEx collaboration.

Expanding Your Comfort Zone:
  • February 14 (Thursday) from 2pm to 3pm in Camend-Carroll Library Training Room (100) - Join Daryl Privott & Jeannie Justice in exploring stereotypes, bias and cultural competency.

Gather & Share:
  • February 20 (Wednesday) from 3:45pm to 4:45pm in ADUC 301 - Join FCTL in exploring "Sociality" at the February Gather & Share event. Come ready to "chat it up" with your colleagues on this important topic.

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.
In-The-Know
Call for Proposals - Pedagogicon 2019
Proposals Due: February 8, 2019
Conference Date: May 17, 2019
NOTE - FCTL will cover conference registration and travel 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. 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 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

Submit proposals online at studio.eku.edu/2019-pedagogicon
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.
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:

What Activities and Assignments Promote Critical Thinking?
This program provides a clear and deep understanding of how to teach critical thinking in the college classroom. This webinar explores how to create discipline-specific strategies including how to:
  • Identify critical thinking content.
  • Adapt your courses accordingly.

How Can I Earn Swift Trust in My Online Classes?
Discover how the core elements of creating trust can be accomplished in an online course setting including:
  • Communicating fully and openly.
  • Delivering on promises.
  • Building confidence in students.
  • Recognizing student concerns.

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.
Ambassadors for Excellence in Teaching
Morehead State University