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University 101 Programs

Online Summer Workshops

Workshops are offered throughout the summer that are designed to meet the varying needs of our instructors. 

Online summer workshops will be held through Blackboard Collaborate and are open to instructors, peer leaders, and graduate leaders. Recordings of each workshop are available through Blackboard Collaborate and are linked in the "Past Workshop Recordings" section below.

To access Blackboard Collaborate: 

      1) Log in to
      2) Click on "Organizations"
      3) Click on "U101 - Instructors - 2021"
      4) Click on Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
      5) Join the session

Campus Partner Presentation Summer Showcase
In addition to our summer workshops, we are excited to share that the Campus Partner Presentation Summer Showcase will take place May 26-28 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Blackboard Collaborate. More information will be shared at the Building Connections Conference on May 19, 2021.


Upcoming Summer Workshops

Catherine Greene & Catherine Flowers, University 101 Programs
Shannon Nix,
Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention
U101 instructors can ensure students find significance in the first-year common read, Educated, by incorporating meaningful assignments, discussions, and activities into the curriculum. During this session, instructors will walk through the curriculum guide to effectively integrate this year’s First-Year Reading Experience book into UNIV 101.

Katie Hopkins, University 101 Programs
Blackboard is an important learning management system that your students will use throughout their time at UofSC. 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 tool in your class.

Alisa Liggett, Maureen Grewe, and Erin Kitchell, Office of Student Conduct & Academic Integrity
Engaging in conflict is challenging whether you are an experienced instructor or new to your role. A likely strategy is to ignore the behavior due to our own discomfort, concern over retaliation or fear that our intervention may cause more harm or disruption. Through case study examples this workshop will explore Gerald Amada’s research from Coping with Misconduct in the College Classroom and provide participants with tangible strategies to disruptive behavior in a confident and fair manner. 

Dr. Rachel Onello, College of Nursing
Fallacies of learning—common, yet mistaken beliefs about how individuals learn—often create challenges to students engaging in effective study skills. This workshop will introduce evidence-based approaches for helping students learn how to learn to deepen understanding and enhance metacognition. Strategies will be explored for developing brain science-based learning resources and facilitating independent thinking that complements class teaching. Participants will brainstorm how to apply these concepts within the context of UNIV 101 to set the table for more resilient learning.

Erin Kitchell & Jessie Townsend, Office of Student Conduct & Academic Integrity
As a U101 instructor one of the main goals is to teach students positive academic strategies that will aid in their persistence. Our incoming class has experienced stressors due to the global pandemic and changes in teaching modalities that may have impacted how they engage in a meaningful academic environment. This session will review our incoming student's high school experience and how instructors can teach academic strategies with integrity in mind. 

Carl Leist & Julia Rogers, Office of the Dean of Students
This session is designed to train instructors on how to teach and discuss civility in their classroom, including teaching students to examine how their values and behavior impact their environment. Through individual reflection, class discussions, and group processing around typical events occurring on campus, students will define their personal values, learn how those values can align with the Carolinian Creed, learn about destructive and constructive methods for resolving conflict, and develop strategies for principled conflict resolution.

Dr. Lara Ducate & Dr. Amber Fallucca, Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning
UofSC is excited to launch Experience by Design, its new Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) with an emphasis on supporting all students to be engaged in meaningful beyond the classroom (BTC) activities with particular emphasis on less-engaged student populations. The QEP will also help students reflect on these experiences in relation to personal, academic, and professional goals. This session will focus on supporting UNIV101 instructors with creating/advancing UNIV101-based BTC activities, identifying reflection prompts that can be adapted for individual instructor/section needs, and recommendations for participating in assessment processes to inform teaching practices as part of Experience by Design.

Mikaela Greene, Sandy Greene, and Katie Hopkins, University 101 Programs
The integration of gamification, the use of elements (and design) of games in non-related game contexts (Deterding et al., 2011), can increase student engagement with both the content and community of University 101. From gameshows to class competitions, the content of U101 can be covered in engaginand creative ways. This session is intended for instructors who have successfully incorporated competition into U101 as well as those that are interested in adding more of this component to their course plan. There will be time for brainstorming and idea sharing. 

Kat James, Mental Health Initiatives 
Kristy Sokol, University 101 Programs
According to the 2020 Healthy Minds Study, 45% of students agreed that "Most people would think less of someone who has received mental health treatment." However, only 6% endorsed that attitude themselves. This disparity indicates that open peer dialogues may encourage help-seeking for the 60% of students who needed help for emotional or mental health problems in the previous year. Incorporating these conversations into U101 establishes a culture of compassion and has meaningful academic impacts. 83% of students reported emotional difficulties had hurt their academic performance in the prior 4 weeks; 28% for 6 or more days in that period. In this session, we will demonstrate sample assignments and activities to facilitate these conversations, and provide training to establish self-efficacy among U101 instructors.

Katie Hopkins, University 101 Programs
Your syllabus will serve as the road map of your course for both you and your students. It is important that the syllabus is well thought out and intentional in design, but sometimes it can be hard to figure out where to start. This session will provide some best practices for constructing your UNIV 101 syllabus and overall course plan as well some time in small groups to work through syllabus questions and ideas. 

Simone Keller, UofSC Alumni Association
Kristy Sokol, University 101 Programs

Discussions about diversity and values have always been a part of University 101, however an additional emphasis has been placed on teaching antiracism. In order for students to learn more about this topic, instructors must feel confident in how to effectively facilitate conversations about antiracism. In this session, presenters will provide an overview of the lesson plans and resources that can be used to have conversations with students about antiracism.

Catherine Greene & Catherine Flowers, University 101 Programs
Campus Partner Presentations have been a valuable curricular resource for years—and they can do so much more than simply expose first-year students to resources on campus. In this session, we’ll explore how to utilize Campus Partner Presentations to their full potential. Through accompanying activities, follow-up assignments, and syllabus-building, we’ll share strategies you can implement to make meaning from these presentations. Learn how instructors can open the door to a support network for students that will extend far beyond their first semester.

Austin LaForest & Julia Rogers, Office of the Dean of Students
The goals of University 101 include fostering academic success and promoting personal development, well-being, and social responsibility. In order to foster academic success and promote well-being, instructors must be prepared to support their students' needs outside the classroom. This includes the ability to recognize a potential need and appropriately connect a student with resources. This session is designed to equip instructors with skills and resources to achieve those goals in their classroom. Participants will leave this session with a toolkit to successfully support their students.

Grace Kazmierski, Office of Sustainability
How can you make your University 101 class sustainable? Presenters will share tips, tricks, and advice for how instructors can promote sustainability, model sustainable habits, and encourage students to live more sustainably. Tips include ways instructors can reduce waste in their lesson planning and facilitating, integrate sustainability into seemingly not-so-sustainable topics, and encourage students to live sustainably through simple, every day dialogue.

Austin LaForest & Michelle Otero-Rios, Office of Student Conduct & Academic Integrity
Kristy Sokol, University 101 Programs

The Carolinian Creed is “a statement of the University of South Carolina’s values and its expectations of community members”, and therefore is important for students to understand. In fact, the University’s strategic plan specifies that students will learn about the Carolinian Creed in University 101. U101 provides a unique opportunity for students to become familiar with the Carolinian Creed, what its tenets entail, and how to live out the Creed during their time at UofSC and beyond. In this session, instructors will learn additional context about the Carolinian Creed and how it came to be as well as various strategies and recommendations on how to effectively integrate it into University 101.

Dr. Kimberly Seibles & Dia Johnson, U101 Teaching Team
Caleb Morris & Cecelia Tatro, U101 Teaching Team
Emma Reabold & Mikaela Greene, University 101 Programs

This interactive workshop will give participants insight into building an effective teaching team alongside their peer leader. Presenters will give an overview of the peer leader role and teaching teams will talk through best practices while also sharing wisdom gained from their experiences. There will be ample time for questions from participants as well.

Sandy Greene & Katie Hopkins, University 101 Programs
Creating an inclusive classroom community that promotes sense of belonging has the power to positively impact student learning, success, and persistence to the second year and beyond. Community building should not be an after-thought. It should be integrated intentionally into the course from the first day to the last. In this interactive workshop, presenters will share and demonstrate strategies that can be used to effectively build community in University 101 through group work, meaningful assignments, active learning strategies, and activities in and beyond the classroom. 

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