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University 101 Programs


Summer Workshop Series

Topic-specific workshops are held throughout the summer. Many of the workshops are repeated from the Building Connections Conference.

June 2018

Wednesday, June 6, 10-11 a.m.  — Blackboard Training for UNIV 101 Instructors

Location: Thomas Cooper Library, Multimedia Room, Level 1

Description: Blackboard is an important learning management system that your students will use throughout their time at USC. It is expected that instructors use this technology for their class. This workshop will outline three levels of use for instructors to consider to effectively use Blackboard. From posting your course syllabus, assignments and grades, your students will appreciate and expect your use of this in your class.

Thursday, June 7, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. — USC Connect: Experiential and Integrative Learning at USC

Location: Legare 322

Description: Despite the history of strong programs in academic and student affairs at USC, we found that some students need more encouragement to engage in beyond the classroom (BTC) experiences and that all students could benefit from greater support connecting their experiences in meaningful ways. USC Connect is a comprehensive learning initiative that supports all students in making the most of their education by getting involved early and often in BTC experiences. Through this presentation, instructors will learn more about BTC involvement, which is part of the holistic development of students at Carolina and a natural extension of the learning outcomes of UNIV101.

Tuesday, June 12, 3-4 p.m. — Stranger Things No More: Cultural Competence in the U101 Classroom

Location: Close-Hipp 650a

Description: Carolinians can thrive in a multicultural setting, rather than be fearful of the unknown and the “strange things” of other cultures. This session will offer ideas for adapting activities from the UNIV 101 Faculty Resource Manual that lead students to a new understanding of culture and of global citizenship. Session facilitators will also provide attendees with additional tools that support positive relationships with the diverse Carolina Community, “discourage bigotry while striving to learn from differences in people, ideas, and opinions” and help students clarify their own values and identity.

Wednesday, June 13, 1-2 p.m. — Getting to Know Your Students

Location: Career Center Conference Room

Description: Getting to know your UNIV 101 students is essential to creating a productive and engaging learning community. Each section of UNIV 101 is made up of different students and personalities; therefore, each instructor should tailor content and materials to their class. This session will provide an overview of first-year students at USC as well as present strategies instructors can utilize to get to know their individual students throughout the semester.

Thursday, June 14, 10-11 a.m. — Beyond Required Reading: Using "Transitions" to Encourage Self-Reflection and Enhance Learning

Location: Career Center Conference Room

Description: The 2018 edition of "Transitions" offers 33 topic-focused chapters aimed at helping students explore ideas and practices related to their academic success, engagement, developing relationships, personal health and well-being, and overall adjustment to college. In addition to the rich and relevant content, each chapter offers in-text opportunities for students to apply and/or reflect on what they have read and discussed in class. During this session, participants will take a deep dive into the new book and discuss ways the readings and activities can be used to encourage self-reflection and enhance students’ learning.

Tuesday, June 19, 9:30-10:30 a.m. — BlackBoard Training for UNIV 101 Instructors

Location: Thomas Cooper Library Multimedia Room Level 1

Description: Blackboard is an important learning management system that your students will use throughout their time at USC. It is expected that instructors use this technology for their class. This workshop will outline three levels of use for instructors to consider to effectively use Blackboard. From posting your course syllabus, assignments and grades, your students will appreciate and expect your use of this in your class.

Wednesday, June 20, 2-3 p.m. — Building Community Beyond the Classroom

Location: Career Center Conference Room

Description: Beyond-the-classroom activities are one of the most effective ways to build community in UNIV 101. This session will dive into strategies to engage students in beyond-the-classroom activities and will provide examples of successful beyond-the-classroom events. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss best practices for creating, planning and implementing beyond-the-classroom activities with the goal of building community.

Thursday, June 21, 3-4 p.m. — Fostering a Positive Perspective in U101

Location: Career Center Conference Room

Description: We know that UNIV 101, and first-year seminars in general, are impactful to student retention. As we retain students, however, we must ask, are we aiming for them to simply survive at Carolina or thrive here?  Acknowledging that a positive mindset is one scale on Schreiner’s thriving quotient, how do we foster this kind of mindset in first-year students? This session will present resources, lessons and assignments used to build a culture of positivity in the classroom and cultivate a growth mindset in our students. 

Tuesday, June 26, 10-11 a.m. — Be the Change You Wish to See: Fostering Resilience in the Classroom

Location: Career Center Conference Room

Description: This session will focus on strategies to help instructors model the key concepts of resilience and growth mindset to their students. Participants will be asked to discuss ways that they currently encourage student resilience in their classrooms, how they frame “failure” in the classroom and by what means they can incorporate student resilience stories into future lesson plans and assignments. This session will also address common obstacles students face during their first-year experience and how instructors can impart resilience strategies early in the year to best avoid these barriers that hinder student success.

Wednesday, June 27, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. — Fostering Academic Success and Personal Growth through Critical Thinking Classroom Activities

Location: Career Center Conference Room

Description: The ability to think clearly and rationally and engage in reflective and independent thinking is an important factor in both academic achievement and personal growth. By incorporating critical-thinking activities and exercises into daily lesson plans, University 101 instructors can encourage students to become creative and innovating thinkers in both their academic and their personal lives. These skills can also positively influence students’ future career success, conflict management skills, and personal and professional relationships.

Thursday, June 28, 1-2 p.m. — Integrating the First-Year Read into your Course

Location: Career Center Conference Room

Description: UNIV 101 instructors can ensure students find significance in the first-year common read, "A More Beautiful Question," by incorporating meaningful assignments, discussions and activities into the curriculum. During this session, instructors will discuss ways to effectively integrate this year’s First-Year Reading Experience book into UNIV 101.


July 2018

Tuesday, July 10, 10-11 a.m. — From Major Exploration to Course Registration in University 101

Location: Career Center Conference Room

Description: According to national data, college students change their major an average of three to five times prior to graduation. If you are interested in learning strategies for guiding first-year students through the major exploration and course registration processes, this session is for you! This presentation offers activities UNIV 101 instructors can use to help students make connections between identifying their values and selecting their major as they prepare for advisement and registration. Attendees will leave the session with resources for integrating these elements throughout their curriculum and tools to guide students through the major exploration and course registration process.

Wednesday, July 11, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. — Creating a Trauma Informed Campus Starts in the First Year

Location: Career Center Conference Room

Description: What is trauma? Including only extreme events in the definition of trauma may limit students’ willingness to seek help and their understanding of reactions to stress. Stress may manifest from the transition to college, relationship distress and other normative events for first-year students. This session educates instructors about the neurobiological response to stress and proposes the term “Cortisoaked” to emphasize the reaction over the event. An overview of a three-module workshop created to increase awareness on our campus will be given, the significance of language used when working with those afflicted will be discussed, and participants will learn and practice coping skills and supportive responses.

Thursday, July 12, 3-4 p.m. — Using the SchoolPlace Big Five Personality Assessment to Foster Students' Identity Development

Location: Leadership and Service Center

Description: The SchoolPlace Big Five personality assessment is a tool designed to identify students' five personality supertraits and 23 subtraits that explain their behaviors and perspectives in day-to-day encounters with people who are similar to and different from themselves. Through the use of this tool, students will be able to learn more about themselves and better understand their interactions with classmates and peers. The SchoolPlace Big Five assessment is available to UNIV 101 instructors and students at no cost through the Leadership and Service Center.

Tuesday, July 17, 1-2 p.m. — Rubrics & Assignments

Location: Career Center Conference Room

Description: Assessing student learning can often be a challenging task, but one that can be significantly improved with high-quality assignments and rubrics. The presenter will provide a framework for creating meaningful and engaging assignments and discuss how to design good rubrics that clarify expectations and simplify the grading process.

Wednesday, July 18, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. — Mentoring and Support for Peer Leaders

Location: Career Center Conference Room

Description: The nationally recognized UNIV 101 Peer Leader Program is a vital component of the UNIV 101 course. Due to the value that these upper-division student leaders bring to the classroom setting, one of the most important roles of the instructor is to develop, mentor and support their peer leader. Drawing on recent literature and feedback from fall 2017 UNIV 101 peer leaders, participants will identify and discuss meaningful ways to engage peer leaders in a collaborative process, develop them to their fullest potential and design shared experiences aimed at developing a mentoring relationship with their teaching partner.

Tuesday, July 24, 1-2 p.m. — Helping Skills for Effective One-On-One Meetings

Location: Career Center Conference Room

Description: A common practice for UNIV 101 instructors is having one-on-one meetings with students in their classes. As instructors, it is easy to wonder if you are making the most of these meetings and if the students are getting what they need out these interactions. This session will provide strategies for identifying opportunities to employ helping skills in order to support students and their individual needs.

Wednesday, July 25, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Blackboard Training for UNIV 101 Instructors

Location: Thomas Cooper Library, Multimedia Room, Level 1

Description: Utilizing Blackboard is an efficient way to manage grades and assignments throughout the semester of UNIV 101. This workshop will provide instructors with an opportunity to practice commonly used features of Blackboard.

Thursday, July 26, 2-3 p.m. — Teach, Work, Life ... Balance

Location: Close-Hipp 584

Description: As UNIV 101 instructors, there is a lot to manage at times, such as lesson planning, communicating with students, grading and developing assignments. With competing demands of full-time jobs, familial responsibilities and personal activities, it is easy to ask, “How do I balance it all?” The facilitators will engage instructors in a shared dialogue about strategies and aspects to consider while balancing life as an instructor for UNIV 101.