Academic First Year Experiences

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    Academic First Year Experiences

Academic First Year Experiences

Recommended Reading


Writing and Teaching: You and Your Students. Advice and encouragement for the start of the new semester from Cheryl Spector. 22 Jan. 2018.

As You're Preparing the Syllabus by Maryellen Weimer. Faculty Focus, 10 Jan. 2018. Excerpts: "Tone matters as much as content." "Downsize policies." "Think more like a map and less like a contract."

First Day of Class Activities that Create a Climate for Learning by Maryellen Weimer. Faculty Focus, 19 July 2017. (Orig. pub. 9 Jan. 2013.)

Summer Melt: NPR Hidden Brain story about Pounce, the texting chatbot used by Georgia State University to help answer questions from students.  The chatbot may soon be coming to CSUN (under a different name, of course: Chatty Matty, anyone?). 

Thinking outside the Office (Hours). Fiona Rawle-Close. National Teaching and Learning Forum, Volume 26, Number 4, May 2017. Excerpted by Rick Reis for the Tomorrow's Professor blog at "I decided to hold walking office hours...."  She's in Toronto; here in LA, you could make this strategy work even better.

You Never Get a Second Chance to Make a First Impression: First Year Retention Report from Institutional Research at CSUN in collaboration with the Office of Student Success Innovations and Undergraduate Studies. 5/24/17.

Helping Students Learn from TextsTomorrow's Professor, 1551. Sample: "One of the biggest surprises that new faculty experience is that most students rarely read before coming to class – or after attending class for that matter. This observation is true across disciplines, but it may be even more of a problem in science classes." 3/16/17.

9 Tools for the Accidental Writing Teacher by Daveena Tauber. 6/30/16.

Five New Year's Resolutions for College Faculty by Karen Hughes Miller. Faculty Focus, 12/11/15.

Nine Ways to Improve Class Discussions by Maryellen Weimer. Faculty Focus. 9/30/15.

Why We Believe in Our Students: A Timely Reminder by Maryellen Weimer. Faculty Focus. 12/3/14.

10 Recommendations for Improving Group Work by Mary Bart, Faculty Focus. 9/12/14.