Center for Excellence in
Teaching and Learning



"Put learning as the focus as opposed to the teaching as a focus."
Ian Wolf on the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast #222


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This fall's Book Club will be reading "Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning" by Jose Bowen. If you are interested in attending a book club and would like a copy of the book, please email Hanna Norton at Sign up by Wed. Aug. 28.


Upcoming Events

Mon. Aug. 2 - Top Hat Presentation, 3:00-4:00 pm, RPL 325

Top Hat will present its technology for engaging classrooms as well as access to lower/no cost textbooks.


Wed. Sept. 11 - Implement Teaching Strategies that Engage Generation Z, Live Webcast from Academic Impressions, 12:00-1:00 pm, RCB 436

Just when you thought you had Millennials figured out, along comes Generation Z…

Generation Z is the newest generation. Born after Millennials and now 14-24 years old, they’re likely in your classrooms in high numbers. Whether you associate this generation with positive or negative traits, you likely feel as though this is “one more dynamic” to keep pace with.

Join us online to get quick, practical tips to make teaching your Gen Z students easier and more productive. We’ll challenge stereotypes and offer suggestions around:

These tips not only help make your classrooms more engaging for Gen Z, they’ll make a difference for those of other generations, too.

Who Should Attend - Faculty and faculty developers who want to learn how to adapt current teaching strategies to more fully engage Gen Z students will benefit from this webcast.

Agenda - Your instructor will guide you through the following:

  1. Characteristics of Generation Z
  2. Strategies for Engaging Generation Z in the Classroom
  3. Re-Thinking Your Curriculum
  4. How to Bring Together All Generations in the Classroom

Instructor - Vickie Cook, Executive Director, Center for Online Learning, Research and Service/Research Professor of Education/Acting Chair of Education, University of Illinois Springfield

One of Dr. Vickie Cook’s current research interests is the exploration of learning for Generation Z students through a heutagogical lens. She has provided consultation to over 45 institutions seeking to expand or evaluate their online learning programs and leadership. She has published 32 journal articles and book chapters in a variety of national educational publications, and she serves as a peer reviewer for six of the top journals in the field of Online Learning. She holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and an M.S. in Adult Education and teaches in the Master of Arts in Education program at UIS.






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