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Fall Teaching Workshop
"Engaging Millennial Learners"
Christy Price, Dalton State College
Saturday, Oct. 11
8 a.m. Ė 1:30 p.m.

Register now at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/W9GMJ7G

Location

Metropolitan State's Saint Paul Campus
Great Hall and Founders Hall Auditorium
700 East Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN 55106

Parking: Surface parking on the Saint Paul Campus is not available while parking ramp construction is taking place. Park at Union Depot Lot C and ride the free shuttle. A map can be found here: http://www.metrostate.edu/applications/drep/files/InterimParkingMap.pdf. The shuttle driver will provide validated parking tickets for free parking. The shuttle will run from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Workshop Schedule:
8 a.m. - 9 a.m.------------Light breakfast, networking and exhibits
9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.--------Welcome and Awards
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.---Engaging Millennial Learners Workshop, Dr. Christy Price
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 pm.----Lunch

Workshop Description
What factors influence student motivation and desire to learn? Obviously, there are some influences beyond the professorís control, but research in educational psychology suggests one thing we can do to increase student engagement is to create learning environments that are in some ways linked to, and supportive of, the current student culture. During this participatory session, we will briefly review the literature regarding the culture of the Millennial student and apply the findings of the presenterís research regarding Millennial learners. We will specifically discuss the characteristics of Millennialsí ideal learning environments, their preferences regarding assessments, their perceptions regarding the characteristics of the ideal professor, and their ideal institutional practices. Throughout the workshop, participants will engage in activities that will require them to reflect on their own teaching methods and/or institutional practices. Open-ended questionnaires, check-lists, and video clips of faculty and students will be utilized in order to facilitate discussion regarding practical steps we can take to meet the needs of Millennial learners.

Learning Outcomes for Workshop Participants
Participants will:

  1. Recognize the characteristics of millennial generation learners and consider how these characteristics impact teaching & learning.
  2. Distinguish millennial student perceptions regarding professors who are familiar with the current culture of the millennial versus professors who are not.
  3. Identify the characteristics of ideal learning environments for millennials.
  4. Analyze how well the learning environments they create at their own institutions meet the needs of millennial learners.
  5. Describe millennial student preferences regarding assignments and assessments.
  6. Examine the assignments and assessments they utilize based on millennial preferences.
  7. Discuss millennial learnersí perceptions regarding the ideal professor.
  8. Assess how well they meet millennial learnersí criteria for the ideal professor.
  9. Reflect on how they might transform their teaching methods as they apply the findings of the research on millennial learners.

About Dr. Christy Price
Dr. Christy Price 

A professor of psychology and the founding director of the Center for Academic Excellence at Dalton State College, Christy Price has been teaching at the collegiate level for 22 years. She is a nationally recognized authority on innovative teaching techniques to engage millennial learners and was chosen by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as the Outstanding U.S. Professor for 2012 in the Baccalaureate Colleges category. Dr. Price also won the 2010 Carnegie Foundation Outstanding Professor Award for the state of Georgia. She was honored by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition as an Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate for 2009. Dr. Price won the University System of Georgia Teaching Excellence Award in the Two & Four-Year College sector for 2008/2009 and the Excellence in Teaching Award at Dalton State in 2007. Dr. Priceís awards are, in part, a result of her use of innovative strategies in assisting students to achieve learning outcomes. Her dynamic and interactive style makes Dr. Price a favorite as a professor and presenter. She regularly presents as a keynote speaker and has led faculty development workshops and retreats at over seventy institutions across the United States and abroad. As a recipient of an institutional foundation grant award, Dr. Price has studied teaching techniques that influence student motivation. Her most recent research focuses on engaging Millennial learners and preventing incivility in the classroom. She has served in various administrative roles leading campus-wide initiatives on the First Year Experience, Student Success, Retention & Completion, and Learning-Centered Course Redesign. Christy has completed post-doctoral work in educational psychology from Georgia State University. She holds a doctorate in community health from the University of Tennessee, a masterís degree in counseling psychology from the University of Nebraska-Kearney, and a bachelorís degree in social services from Northern Illinois University.

Payment
Community faculty who attend the entire workshop will be eligible for a $75 addition to their fall semester pay. Community faculty who have taught at Metro State within the last two years are eligible to receive payment. Alternative ways to qualify for the $75 addition to fall pay will be offered for those who cannot attend the Saturday session. Details to be provided.



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