Below, faculty discuss strategies they use on the first day of class to engage and connect with students.
Connecting with Students
Listen to Prof. Richard Koestner from Psychology share how being present during class time and showing interest in teaching communicates to students why they should be motivated to learn the course content.
Listen to Profs. Stephanie Weber from Biology and Jasmin Chahal from Microbiology & Immunology explain how they get students talking by sparking their curiosity through small, interactive activities.
Getting Students Comfortable with Technology
Listen to Prof. Pallavi Sirjoosingh from Chemistry talk about how she takes time on the first day of class to ensure students are comfortable navigating the learning technologies used in her courses.
Learning More About Students in the Course
Listen to Prof. Ken Ragan from Physics talk about the short survey he uses to better understand the students enrolled in his course and what he can do to support their learning.
Describing the Course Structure
Listen to Profs. Giulia Alberini from Computer Science and Ken Ragan from Physics share how they walk through the syllabus on the first day of class so that students understand how course assignments, activities, etc. contribute to their learning.
Syllabus Scavenger Hunt
Listen to Prof. Jasmin Chahal from Microbiology & Immunology share how she uses a short scavenger hunt activity on the first day of class to familiarize students with critical information in the syllabus.
Making Student Expectations Clear
Listen to Prof. Giulia Alberini from Computer Science talk about how she clarifies expectations and course workload with students on the first day of class.
Getting Students Thinking About How They Learn
Listen to Prof. Ken Ragan from Physics talk about his plans for incorporating time into his first class to discuss learning theory with students to help them move beyond memorization to higher levels of learning.