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Dr. Mark Taylor

Keynote Title: Teaching Today’s Learners

Keynote Description: Our traditionally aged students are different. They have characteristics and expectations that present unique challenges to those of us charged with teaching, serving and supervising them through their college 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. This program will help faculty and staff understand the social, personal and academic traits and preferences our students bring to college, in generational context, how these characteristics impact learning, persistence and success, and how we can best help all of our students reach their educational and personal goals.  An instructional model based on increasing both student activity and leveraging available technologies to improve instructional efficiency and effectiveness will be described, along with methods to increase students’ responsibility for their own learning, personal ownership of class goals and to improve students reaching meaningful learning and developmental goals will be described and demonstrated with immediately applicable techniques appropriate and effective with all learners.

Biography: 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 colleges, universities, schools and professional programs better understand and serve our students for learning, development, persistence and successful integration into the “after college” world.  His work with organizations and companies focuses on helping people understand and work more effectively with the generational groups, especially our young people from “Generation NeXt”.  Building on over 30 years of experience in higher education, health care and the helping professions, including as a psychotherapist, medical administrator, professor, and in academic and student services administration, Dr. Taylor has worked with over 600 organizations, businesses and schools in 48 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”.  His most recent publication is a chapter in the Winter 2015 edition of New Directions for Teaching and Learning on Leveraging Social Media for Instructional Goals.  Business clients have included Boeing Aerospace,  20th Century Fox Motion Pictures, Wal-Mart, FEMA and the U.S. Army.  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.