First-Year Experience
Georgia Southern University

FYE 1220 Faculty Symposium

First-Year Experience’s Faculty Symposium provides new and returning FYE 1220 faculty an opportunity to share ideas, learn different approaches to teaching course outcomes, and hear FYE updates all in one place. While this year’s symposium has already come and gone, FYE still has plenty of resources to share. Check them out below.



Teaching Students How to Spot Fake News
Dr. Steve Engel, University Honors Program
Amanda Hedrick, Writing and Linguistics

How are faculty addressing fake news in the first-year classroom? In this workshop, faculty will learn two approaches to teaching information literacy skills in FYE 1220, then brainstorm other ways to help students spot fake news.

Classroom Activities for Engaging Students
Dr. Claudia Cornejo Happel, Centers for Teaching and Technology
Engaging students in active learning can motivate deeper thinking about course content, facilitate the practice of relevant skills, and bring additional energy to a classroom. Participants in this session will gain an overview of research-based practices and start planning active learning strategies they can implement in their course.
Classrooms, Red in Tooth and Claw: Protecting the Prey in the Academic Jungle
Dr. Joe Pellegrino, Literature and Philosophy

Many FYE students have noted that they’ve never learned to read academic writing, comprehend it, and then recall it. They have also said that they don’t know how to take notes in a lecture or discussion class. Perhaps our expectations about their practice with these skills do not reflect the reality of their previous experiences. This session presents ways to pitch these skills and allow students to practice them in your FYE section.
College Student Financial Management
Dr. Theresa Beebe Novotny, Academic Success Center
Financial planning, but more specifically budgeting and money management, are critical areas today’s college students need to learn  while in college to help them be financially secure in the future. Introduce them to the concepts of making a budget, spending habits, loans, & saving/retirement. This session will review concepts that can be covered in any FYE 1220 class through both in-class and out of class activities.
Getting the Most Out of FYE’s Folio Template
Alicia Spence, FYE Assistant Director

FYE provides faculty with modules, assignments, and quizzes that align with student learning outcomes. Come learn what’s new in the template, what’s required, and what’s not. Participants will walk away with information on FYE’s new Folio customization option (where we do the customization work, so FYE faculty don’t have to). 
Explore and Confirm: Teaching Students to Confirm their Major in the First-Year
Shane Clark, FYE Assistant Director

This session will serve as an extension of the academic advising presentation and specifically address strategies for teaching and guiding students through the major confirmation process. Participants will learn some of the most common reasons students change their major, the potential challenges this presents, and will receive examples of class discussion outlines, small group activities, in class guided research and out of class assignments that can be added to your FYE curriculum.
Identifying and Responding to Student Distress
Dr. Patrice Jackson, Dean of Students
Students come to the university environment with a variety of challenges. Others discover challenges as they move through higher education. Faculty members have a unique opportunity to identify distress in a student’s life through daily classroom interactions. In this session, we will use Schlossberg’s Transition Theory to equip participants to identify and effectively respond to student distress.
Keeping the Promises to Ourselves: Creating Meaningful Assessments
Alicia Spence, FYE Assistant Director
How do we hold ourselves accountable for students mastering learning outcomes? This session will review different approaches to creating assessments that align with learning outcomes and provide students with meaningful learning experiences.*Note: this is a Pecha Kucha presentation; speaker notes for the presentation can be found in the linked PowerPoint*
Leading Students to Resources (and Helping them “Drink”)
Dr. Michelle Cawthorn, Biology

Colleges and universities invest a significant amount of time and money providing students with a variety of campus resources, such as writing centers, tutoring centers, career services, etc., in an effort to improve student success in the first year and beyond. But many students do not take advantage of these resources (for a variety of reasons) and struggle needlessly. First-year experience classes can help lead students to appropriate resources and encourage them to “drink.”
Maximizing the Value of Your Peer Leader
Kimberlee Yontz, FYE Peer Education Program Coordinator

This presentation outlines the Peer Education program in FYE.  You’ll hear directly from some of our top peer leaders about what helps them be successful. Learn how a peer leader can make a difference in the classroom and how you can get the most out of your peer leader.
Reacting to the Past – Role Play to Engage Students
Dr. Claudia Cornejo Happel, Centers for Teaching and Technology

“Reacting to the Past” pedagogy engages students in elaborate games, set in the past. Students are assigned roles informed by historical texts and events and for several class sessions speak, act, and write as their historical counterparts. “Reacting” encourages student engagement with course content, peers, and faculty while promoting the development of intellectual and academic skills. This session will provide an overview of this pedagogy and its implementation in FYE 1220.
Syllabus Writing Strategies
Dr. Leticia McGrath, Foreign Languages

First-year students often come to college without knowing how to read syllabi or how syllabi can help them be successful. This presentation will discuss syllabus-writing strategies that help first-year students understand faculty expectations.
Teaching Trends: News from the FYE Conference and USG Teaching and Learning Conference
Alicia Spence, FYE Assistant Director

Couldn’t make it to the annual FYE Conference or the USG Teaching and Learning Conference? Drop into this mini session for a quick summary of what you missed, including:

  • Increasing academic rigor in the first-year seminar;
  • Understanding Gen-Z students;
  • Integrating instructional design basics into your content; and,
  • Using workstations in the college classroom.
Teaching with Emotional Intelligence
Jenna Tyson, Career Services

As FYE instructors, we are charged with helping first-year students learn about ways to engage on campus and take part in opportunities that will naturally teach them about themselves and others. We know that through these experiences, students will develop the “soft skills” needed to be successful in college, as well as set them up for future success. Recognizing and understanding one’s emotions through any period of transition is key to the development of these interpersonal skills, and part of engaging students in this pursuit of emotional intelligence is to model it as instructors! This session will highlight ways to engage students by teaching through an Emotional Intelligence framework.
 That’s Just Your Opinion!
Drew Keane, Writing and Linguistics

First-year students struggle to discuss the space between fact and opinion. Hostility too often characterizes conversations about complex issues in social media and face-to-face. In the age of “TL;DR,” the patience and persistence necessary for critical inquiry seems increasingly uncommon. This presentation explores a scaffolded course design emphasizing reading increasingly difficult texts, critical inquiry, and face-to-face conversation. This approach prepares students for respectful conversation on difficult topics with reference to sound research and reasoning.
We CAN Make Them Successful Students
Susan Cason, Academic Success Center

This presentation will take a look at what the research says about students’ behaviors that support becoming a successful college student. We will explore study methods, quizzing, reading a textbook, time management and even multitasking. You may find ideas you can adapt to your teaching.

Last updated: 4/28/2017

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