University 101 Programs

Peer Leader Development


EDLP 520 is a unique class designed to provide a forum for reflection on and processing of the University 101 Peer Leader experience and to allow peer leaders to develop and practice important leadership skills that are transferrable to other settings. Discussion revolves around such topics as group facilitation skills, mentoring and helping skills, leadership styles, classroom management strategies, and other related issues.
Designed by University 101 staff, the Peer Leader Toolkit is the primary resource for understanding the purpose of University 101 and developing skills for facilitating discussions, mentoring and referring students, and working with a co-instructor. It also provides helpful information and tips about applying the University 101 experience to future workplace settings.
The textbook for all UNIV 101 courses is designed by University 101 staff and tailored to the first-year experience of USC students. Transitions contains a wealth of information about campus resources and navigating the Carolina experience, along with activities students can use to enhance their learning. Instructors and peer leaders utilize this resource with their students throughout the semester.
Sharepoint provides a place where instructors and peer leaders can access electronic course materials, such as videos, PowerPoint presentations, etc. An electronic version of the Faculty Resource Manual allows instructors to make changes to activities and handouts to customize for their needs. Other features of this site include a discussion board for sharing ideas and a comprehensive calendar with important University 101 dates (faculty meetings, workshops, etc), academic calendar dates (drop/add, semester breaks), and USC dates (involvement fair, etc).
This online guide, designed by University 101 Programsí staff, highlights updates and relevant information about university programs and services relevant to first-year students. The guide was developed to ensure that University 101 instructors and peer leaders had access to, and shared with their students, the most accurate and relevant information about University of South Carolina resources and programs.

University 101 Programs provides an extended orientation for peer leaders to give them what they need, when they need it, and when they are ready for it. Program staff begin developing peer leaders during the selection process through an online application and group interviews that highlight intended program outcomes and essential leadership skills. Once selected, peer leaders dedicate significant time to their experience, engaging in two four-hour training workshops, a two-hour Course Planning Workshop attended with their teaching partner, and participation in EDLP 520, a three-credit-hour academic training course, during the semester they serve. All facets of peer leader development role model best practices for a first-year seminar including team teaching, small group size, and engaging pedagogy.