Date(s) - Friday March 27
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Tucker Technology Center, Room 139

Keynote: Today’s learners are different. Our traditionally aged students have characteristics and expectations that present unique challenges to those of us charged with teaching, serving and supervising them through their university experience. Their issues with academic preparation, responsibility and self-esteem, consumer expectations, use of technology and styles of interacting can impact, and interfere with, their learning, persistence and academic success at school, and workplace readiness and success. There is fairly compelling evidence that they are not responding particularly well to traditional instruction in traditional academic settings in terms of learning outcomes and workplace readiness.

This program will help faculty and staff understand the social, personal and academic traits and preferences our students bring to college, how these characteristics impact learning, persistence and success, and how we can best help all of our students reach their educational and personal goals in the changing educational landscape.

The keynote is followed by a workshop at 1:30 PM.  While participants are encouraged to attend both the Keynote and the Workshop, they are welcome to attend either portion based on what fits with their schedule.  Please RSVP for the sections you will be attending.  Each section has a separate RSVP.

Event Schedule:

Keynote: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Workshop: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

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About the Speaker

Dr. Mark Taylor is an award winning speaker recognized internationally as an educator, expert and consultant who is on the forefront of transformations in educational practice and workplace management. As an authority on the traits, developmental issues and learning outcomes of today’s young people, he is dedicated to helping schools better understand and serve our students for learning, development, persistence and successful integration into the after college world. Dr. Taylor has worked with over 500 organizations, businesses and schools in 47 states, and made presentations at numerous state, regional, national, and international events. Publications include numerous book chapters, invited pieces, and articles in professional journals including his recent articles on “Teaching Generation NeXt”. Dr. Taylor holds graduate degrees from the University of Arkansas and academic appointments at Arkansas State University and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Graduate School.