A variety of resources are available to assist faculty members in the design and implementation of their first year seminars. 

Assignment Rubrics

These matrices were developed during the May 2013 FYS workshop and are intended to guide assignments such that they are integrated with the objectives of FYS courses.

Developing critical reading skills

Developing critical thinking skills

Developing an appreciation for the liberal arts

Developing rigorous assignments

Workshop Presentation

Information related to the importance and efficacy of first year seminars was presented at the workshop in May. The presentation, along with pertinent references, is available here.

What works

Faculty members with experience teaching first year seminars offer the following examples of assignments, teaching strategies and other information on practices they have found to be effective.

Connecting readings with discussion   

Relieving test anxiety

Effective modes of engagement

Introduction to computer applications and quantitative reasoning

Fostering class discussion

For class discussion: How schools kill creativity (TED talk)

Additional resources

Techniques to promote active learning

National Resource Center for First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.

First-year programming 

First-year course assessment