Drs. Marnie Vanden Noven, Michael Hudson and Mary Clark were selected to present at the 2021 ITLC Lilly Online Conference. Their presentation, titled “The Struggle is REAL!” highlights unprecedented issues rising sophomores and entering freshmen will face and strategies for faculty and student care, support and training to overcome these difficulties.
As the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel becomes brighter, the inclination of many in higher education may be to race back to the “normal” that has been missing. However, the success of students and institutions will depend on the thoughtful consideration of the impact of the pandemic, particularly on rising sophomores and entering freshmen, prior to their return to campus. The session highlighted the unprecedented issues this population of students will face and provided participants with a three-prong approach (faculty training, student care and support, and classroom management) to overcoming these difficulties.
For 40 years, Lilly Conferences have provided opportunities for the presentation of the scholarship of teaching and learning. Conference participants are made up of faculty and administrators at various stages in their academic careers that come from across the world representing nearly every discipline found in higher education.