Millennial Mountaineers

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Section Number(s) and Day/Times Taught: 
Section 186: TR 8:00-9:15 am
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Section 187: TR 12:30-1:45 pm
Fall 2018
Student Success

This course will examine what it means to be a Millennial and a Post-Millennial in connection with the scholarship on 21st century learning in the digital age. Students will research millennial characteristics, identify formation, and learning theories to understand how this generation of students can be successful and thrive during college and beyond.

A variety of instructional strategies will be utilized including collaborative, individual, small and whole group instruction. Students will be given assignments and tasks that are explicit and transparent as well as academically rigorous. Students will also have opportunities to create projects that demand higher-order thinking skills. Students will do a library research project and curate credible sources in order to build a strong written product. The foundations of the course are built on researching and reading scholarly journals and producing authentic products based upon the research.

Campus engagement assignments will encourage students to become involved in their educational community and reward their affective development. Additionally, campus resources will be explored and utilized so that students can best make use of supportive community surroundings.


Clark, Jonelle

Jonelle comes to Appalachian State from NE Ohio, where she was a full-time Visiting Instructor in the Curricular and Instructional Studies Department in the College of Education for two years. She earned her undergraduate degree from Eastern Kentucky University in 2004 in Secondary English Education and an extended certificate in Middle Level education in 2005-- Go Colonels! After five years of classroom experience (and a move to Indiana) Jonelle earned her Masters degree in Gifted and Talented Education from Purdue University in 2010—Boiler Up!

“I believe that all students are capable of success and growth in education when they are allowed to pursue their individual passions. I believe in student choice. I believe in clear and transparent assignments and scoring rubrics. I believe that education is priceless and investment in an education can move mountains and change generational projections. I LOVE teaching college students and wouldn’t want to do anything else in the world. I have truly found my career passion.”

When Jonelle is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, skiing, coaching, and traveling. The Clarks are big sports fans and love their App State football—GO APP! Jonelle and her husband Shawn have two children, Giana and Braxton.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey

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