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All University of South Carolina system institutions will be closed through the end of the spring semester. Columbia campus virtual instruction will continue through the end of the Summer II semester (Aug 1). Details can be found on the coronavirus landing page.

University 101 Programs

Summer Workshops

Summer workshops are designed to meet the varying needs of instructors. Historically, workshops offered during the Building Connections Conference are repeated so that instructors have another opportunity to attend workshops they were not able to at the conference. 

Workshop topics and dates for summer 2020 will be announced in May.

Although we know that the content of UNIV 101 is important and helpful for students, the way in which the content is delivered is even more important. Instructors must create an engaging learning environment that is aligned with the science on how people learn. This workshop will be an opportunity for instructors to learn about the art and science behind teaching and learning, and how to apply David Kolb’s Model of Experiential Learning to developing approaches to UNIV 101.

The best way for students to learn is not passively listening to a lecture, but rather through participation in active learning. The use of active learning strategies also gives students the ability to take ownership of their learning in UNIV 101. In this workshop, a variety of active learning strategies will be modeled, and instructors will learn how to best integrate them into their UNIV 101 class.

Community building is one of the most critical aspects of University 101. 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. Presenters will share strategies that can be used to effectively build community through group work, assignments, and activities both in and beyond the classroom. In addition, instructors will participate in multiple community building activities.

Assessing student learning can often be a challenging task, but one that can be significantly improved with well-developed, meaningful assignments. Incorporating meaningful assignments into University 101 will enhance student learning and engagement, and improve student satisfaction with the course. In this interactive workshop, the facilitator will provide frameworks and strategies for creating meaningful assignments, as well as help participants develop a plan to improve the quality of assignments in their courses.

Understanding who the students in your class are is the first step to developing an effective learning environment. In this workshop, instructors will participate in multiple activities to help them become more familiar with the first-year cohort at Carolina.

Classroom discussion is one of the most critical features of the first-year seminar, as it provides students the opportunity to learn from one another and normalize the challenges of the first-year experience. As the instructor, the example you set and the environment you create has a large impact on the success of discussion in UNIV 101. Various strategies and best practices for facilitating meaningful discussion, based on work by Jay Howard, will be shared in this workshop.

Blackboard Workshops

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. These workshops will outline three levels 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.


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