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University 101 Programs

Summer 2020 Workshops

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Blackboard Basics - Tuesday, June 9 
Presenter: Katie Hopkins, University 101 Programs
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 tool in your class.

The Worried: Addressing Student Anxiety in First-Year Seminars - Wednesday, June 10
Presenters: Rebecca Caldwell, Healthy Campus Initiatives & April Scott, Mental Health Initiatives
Over one-quarter of USC students have been diagnosed with anxiety (NCHA 2019), a figure that has more than doubled in the last decade. What does that mean and how does anxiety show up in our classrooms and student interactions? Join us to talk about what we can do within our section of UNIV 101 to ease students' transition to college and how instructors can effectively respond to individual concerns.

*Essentials of Blackboard Collaborate Ultra - Thursday, June 11
Presenters: Susan Quinn & Katie Vaughan, eLearning Services- Division of Information Technology
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is an all-in-one web conferencing platform that allows instructors to hold classes online in real time or record lectures or short videos to post to your course site. This session will provide an overview of the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra features and help you feel more prepared to utilize this platform with your University 101 students. 

The Realistic Freshman Resume - Monday, June 15
Presenter: Anna Grubic, Office of Career Management, Darla Moore School of Business
The basic rules of resume writing can help U101 instructors maximize potential and creativity within our students. In addition to utilizing the career centers on campus, this session will help U101 instructors feel confident on what items students can include on their resume, basic formatting, easy-to-follow guidelines and secrets hiring managers really look for! 

Syllabus Building Workshop - Thursday, June 18
Presenter: 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. 

An Appreciative Approach to University 101 - Wednesday, June 24
Presenter: Caleb Morris, University Advising Center
Appreciative Advising is "the intentional collaborative practice of asking positive, open-ended questions that help students optimize their educational experiences and achieve their dreams, goals, and potentials" ( Through six phases (Disarm, Discover, Dream, Design, Deliver, and Don't Settle), practitioners can help students discover, identify, and author a plan to achieve their goals. While developed to optimize advisor interactions with students, Appreciative Advising can be used to further the learning outcomes of UNIV 101. This session will provide an overview of various appreciative activities and assignments that instructors can implement to enhance the effectiveness of the course.

Teaching Civility in your Classroom -  Friday, June 26
Presenters: 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.

Working with and Supporting Your Peer or Graduate Leader - Tuesday, July 7
Presenters: Mikaela Greene & Emma Reabold, University 101 Programs
In the U101 classroom, the peer/graduate leader serves as a role model, resource, and facilitator for learning. Their presence and active participation in and outside of the classroom can have a huge impact on your first-year students' sense of belonging and transition to the University of South Carolina. In this workshop, participants will discuss best practices for incorporating and including your peer or graduate leader into the planning and implementation of your course. Additionally, we will discuss ways to support your peer or graduate leader, serving as a mentor to them as they strive to improve themselves professionally and personally. 

Intervening Early and Often: A Guide to Supporting Your Students - Thursday, July 9
Presenters: Austin LaForest & Julia Rogers, Office of the Dean of Students
The goals of U101 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.

Fostering a Positive Perspective in Your University 101 Class- Monday, July 13
Presenter: Jessie McNevin, Capstone Scholars
We know that University 101 is impactful to student retention. As we retain the students, however, we must ask ourselves, are we aiming that they simply survive in college, or thrive? Acknowledging that a positive perspective is one scale in Schreiner’s Thriving Quotient, how do we foster this optimistic, positive perspective in first-year students? This session will present resources, lessons, and assignments used to build a culture of positivity and cultivate a growth mindset in students within the U101 classroom.

Understanding Structural Racism and Implicit Bias- Tuesday, July 14
Presenters: Jennifer Gunter & Latesha Murray, SC Collaborative for Race and Reconciliation
This workshop will serve as a primer on understanding the basics of structural racism and how implicit bias affects our judgement. It will include terminology, useful language, and applicable statistics. All of this will be presented with the intention of calling people into the discussion so that we can learn from each other and our experiences. This workshop will include mini-lectures, activities, and small breakout sessions.

Using the Super Strong Career Assessment in Your Classroom - Thursday, July 16
Presenter: Ashley Byrd-White, Career Center
The Super Strong assessment is used to help students learn about themselves and possible careers. In this session, participants will take the short assessment and learn how to use the assessment in their U101 class. In addition, we will cover activities to complement the Super Strong assessment to enhance students' understanding of the assessment. After this session, participants will be able to administer and facilitate the Super Strong with their students.

Dealing with the Unexpected: Classroom Disruptions - Wednesday, July 22
Presenters: Erin Kitchell & Alisa Liggett, Office of Student Conduct and 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 your 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 instructors with tangible strategies to navigate disruptive behavior in a confident and fair manner.

Teaching/Learning the 4th "R"- Racial Literacy - Monday, July 27
Presenter: Michelle Bryan, College of Education
The need for today’s instructors to develop or deepen their capacity to facilitate effective discussions about race and racism in the classroom has never been greater; yet, many of us were never given explicit instructional strategies for effectively cultivating meaningful discussions on race. Nonetheless, the prevailing forces of demographic change in the U.S. (as well as resistance to that change) will directly tie our students’ future success to their ability to deploy a set of resources, conceptual tools, and racial vocabularies to name, discuss, and address shifting manifestations of race/ism at multiple levels (e.g. individual, institutional, cultural). In this workshop, participants will explore two different yet complementary definitions of racial literacy and their relevance to the classroom. In addition, we’ll cover strategic community-building as a requisite for facilitating meaningful conversations and explore why “straight talk” about race/ism can be difficult in the absence of commitments to both candidness and vulnerability. In addition to acquiring useful tips and resources, participants will garner insights and strategies derived from our shared experiences engaging in this work. 

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