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3 Key Elements of an Effective First-Year Experience Course: Design, Delivery & Assessment (EDUO52U)

Presented by: Joe Cuseo
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Get A Research-Based Framework For Identifying The Underlying Elements Of A Well-Designed and Well-Delivered FYE Course

Research strongly suggests that success in college (and life) is multifaceted and involves both cognitive and affective dimensions of self-development. Promoting student success requires a comprehensive, holistic (whole-person) approach that includes attention to both cognitive and non-cognitive dimensions of student learning and personal development.

The non-traditional nature of the FYE course's student-centered content and student-focused pedagogy has resulted in frequent and virulent attacks on the course's academic legitimacy. Consequently, the first-year seminar has become higher education's most repeatedly challenged and most thoroughly assessed course. "Necessity being the mother of invention," course proponents have employed innovative methodologies to document the course's positive impact and ensure its birth and survival. One would be hard pressed to find any other curricular intervention in higher education that has received more rigorous evaluation or has stronger empirical support as a "best practice."

The first-year experience (FYE) course is the quintessential "student-centered" course whose content centers squarely on, and is driven directly by the student experience. While there is much empirical evidence supporting the power of FYE courses, not all FYE courses are created equal. Considerable variation exists in the intended learning outcomes and course content of first-year experience courses, as well as in classroom pedagogy and out-of-class assignments.

How the FYE course is designed and delivered can either maximize or minimize (or neutralize) its potential benefits. The primary purpose of this session by our expert speaker, Joe Cuseo, is to provide a research-based framework for identifying the underlying elements of a well-designed and well-delivered FYE course to ensure that it has maximum impact on student success.

You will acquire knowledge about course purpose (the why of it), course content (the what of it) and course delivery (the how of it). In addition to information provided via PowerPoint slides, you will receive extensive supplementary manuscripts/materials containing supporting research and additional strategies related to the ideas presented during the session.

Session Highlights:

The information and knowledge provided in the webinar will help you to:

  • Design and deliver a substantive, comprehensive FYE course that addresses students' cognitive, affective and psychosocial needs, while at the same time, ensuring academic rigor.
  • Articulate specific student-centered course objectives and student-learning outcomes.
  • Identify and prioritize course content (topics and subtopics).
  • Sequence the delivery of course topics to create "just-in-time" learning experiences that dovetail with the natural "rhythms" of the term, thereby addressing students' needs and priorities at times when they are most likely to arise.
  • Utilize engaging instructional strategies that actively involve students in the classroom.
  • Devise relevant, meaningful out-of-class assignments that promote first-year student success.
  • Adopt course-assessment strategies that "prove" course value and improve course effectiveness.

Who should attend?

Ideas presented in this webinar will be relevant to all members of the campus community interested in improving the transition of new students to college and delivering a gateway experience that promotes student persistence through college. The webinar will be particularly pertinent to professionals involved in teaching and administering FYE courses, as well as other members of the college community who interface with such courses (e.g., academic advisors, learning support specialists, and student development professionals).

About Our Speaker(s)

Joe Cuseo | Student Success &  Retention SpeakerJoe Cuseo
Joe Cuseo holds a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology and Assessment from the University of Iowa and is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Marymount College (California)-where for more than 25 years he directed the first-year seminar-a core course required of all new students.  He is a 14-time recipient of the ... More info

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