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Writing on the Edge Conference

Teaching the 21st Century Student

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

College of DuPage
Student Resource Center (SRC), room 200

iGEN book cover imageJoin 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 its 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 writing 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.



Early-bird Registration (by Saturday, Sept. 14): $30

Registration (after Sept. 14, if available): $35

Registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and entry into all sessions of the conference.

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K-12 Educators: Five PD units are available for attendance at the Writing on the Edge Conference.


Conference Schedule

8 to 8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 to 8:45 a.m. Opening Remarks

8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Breakout Session I

10 to 11 a.m. Breakout Session II

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  Keynote Address – Jean Twenge

12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Breakout Session III

2:45 to 3:45 p.m. Breakout Session IV

3:45 to 4 p.m.  Closing Remarks

Jean Twenge photo


Keynote Speaker: Jean Twenge

Teaching the 21st Century Student

iGen: Reaching the Smartphone Generation in the Classroom

Traditional-age college students are now iGen (born after 1995), the first generation to spend their adolescence with smartphones. iGen’ers spend more time online and less time with each other in person, are growing up more slowly as adolescents, and are more extrinsically and less intrinsically motivated, necessitating new strategies for reaching them as learners.

Dr. Jean Twenge, Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University, is an author, speaker, professor, and researcher. She has authored more than 140 publications and books, including iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy – and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood and Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled – and More Miserable Thank Ever Before. She holds a BA and MA from the University of Chicago and a PhD from the University of Michigan. Dr. Twenge gives talks and seminars on teaching and working with today’s young generation, and her research has been covered in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, and USA today. She has also been featured on the Today Show, Good Morning America, Dateline NBC, and National Public Radio.

Dr. Twenge appears courtesy of the COD Liberal Arts Division, the Glenbard Parents Series, and Pearson Publishing.


Writing on the Edge is pleased to have the following sponsors this year

 Platinum Sponsors:

Glenbard Parent Series


Bronze Sponsor:

McGraw Hill Education



DoubleTree by Hilton

Accommodations are available at the DoubleTree by Hilton


3003 Corporate Drive

Lisle, IL 60532

(630) 505-0900

Please click on the Doubletree logo above to get the special rate.

Discounted Rate of $95 per night is available for September 20 and 21.


Directions and Parking

Please park in Lot C on the north side of the SRC (off of Fawell Road) and enter in Door SRC #1.

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