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Starting Strong: Activities For The First Day of Class

When: February 11, 2020, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Where: HE 1203
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Presenter(s): Sarah-Elizabeth Byosiere (Psychology); Christina Katopodis (English); Shiao-Chuan Kung (Online Learning Center); Claudia Orenstein (Theatre)

Help us plan, send your RSVP to acert@hunter.cuny.edu Bring a friend!


What do you do to introduce your course to your students and help them get ready for a new semester? The first day and week of a course can set the tone for the whole semester. For professors teaching hybrid or online courses, there’s an additional layer of challenge. Conveying expectations early can lessen misunderstandings and doing ice-breaker activities can help group projects move along more smoothly. For this lunchtime seminar, several Hunter instructors will talk about activities they use on the first day of class, including: ice-breaker activities using the software Padlet, a video tour of a course’s OER textbook, a revised syllabus using FAQs as prompts, and an open-syllabus discussion in which students pick some of the class content. Come hear how your colleagues kick off the semester, and bring your own ideas to share how you help your students get to know your courses, get to know you, and get to know each other.

Lunch will be provided!

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