Waubonsee Community College

Writing on the Edge (WOTE) 2019 conference - Teaching the 21st Century Student

Join us for our fifth annual Writing on the Edge conference for adjunct and contingent faculty. The theme, “Teaching the 21st Century Student,” focuses on how the current generation - known as iGen or Gen Z - has turned teaching on it's head and how we as educators must adapt to the new normal of students attached to and distracted by their cell phones and tablets. While many heralded technology in the classroom as a boon for all, technology hasn't fulfilled many of its promises to increase student learning in and out of the classroom.

Originally designed by adjuncts in the English Department, Writing on the Edge now looks at teaching and learning across the curriculum and invites other disciplines to join the conversation of how to increase learning for students no matter the subject matter. We continue to stay true to our roots of providing good, inexpensive professional development for adjuncts and contingent faculty, while also welcoming any faculty or staff looking to learn more about teaching.

We are excited to welcome Dr. Jean Twenge as our Keynote Speaker for this conference. Dr. Twenge is a nationally known generational researcher and author of the book, iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids are Growing up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy – and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood . . . and What That Means for the Rest of Us

Writing on the Edge is the only regional conference by and for adjunct and contingent faculty in the Midwest.

Here’s what you can expect at the conference:

It is now the age of iGen (the internet generation).  Who are these iGen students that are invading our classes, and how to we help them learn? Students today are dealing with the contradiction of the internet – it connects but also isolates.  With the rise of smartphones and tablets, students are connected 24/7 – is that a good thing?  Students today are also less resilient and more anxious than ever before.  Our conference will look at ways to help students learn and to help instructors adapt to the new challenges this generation brings.  Breakout sessions include:

  • Mental health issues our students are facing and how to deal with them
  • Imparting a sense of ownership in iGen learners
  • Asynchronous coaching in writing centers
  • Tech-focused analysis
  • Truth and values in the Internet age
  • Using Chromebooks
  • Creating content in foreign language classes

For more information about the conference , please go to our website at www.writingontheedge.org and register at  https://tinyurl.com/WOTE19

Saturday, September 21 at 8:00am to 4:00pm

College of Dupage, Student resource Center (SRC), room 2000 425 Fawell Blvd Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Event Type

Employee Engagement and Development

Target Audience





$30 Early-bird (by Sep 14), $35



Sponsored By

WOTE Committee at College of DuPage

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