Category Archives: First Year Seminar

Our 2007 ELI Presentation (finally!)

I know this is kid stuff for many of you, but I’ve never done it before, which is part of the reason I’ve managed to procrastinate for so long. Here at long last are the audio and the powerpoint (below) … Continue reading

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Postscript on the FSEM

Shannon posts some insightful reflections on the first year seminar last semester. This is exactly what I was trying to accomplish. (I wonder how many other students ‘got it.’)

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Reflections on the FSEM, Part 2

In the previous post, I mentioned that the seminar was given a two day introduction to library research skills, including on-line bibliographic databases and effective search techniques. The students had two reactions to this introduction. First, they found the information … Continue reading

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Reflections on the First Year Seminar

There were a lot of things that worked really well in the first year seminar and I plan to blog about them over the next month or so. For now, though, I want to mention some things that went wrong, … Continue reading

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Update on Gardner’s APGAR

A couple weeks ago I mentioned introducing Gardner’s APGAR assessment to my First Year Seminar students. My students subsequently corrected my math, much as Gardner suggested in his comment to my post: The average APGAR for the class turned out … Continue reading

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Gardner’s APGAR Assessment for Classes

Another thing I did in the First Year Seminar on Tuesday was to show them Gardner’s APGAR post. I asked the students to answer the questions for themselves. I had set up a spreadsheet on the classroom computer and asked … Continue reading

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Who Dropped the Ball? I Guess It Was Me

I spent a fair amount of time last weekend thinking about what went wrong in the first year seminar on Thursday. I didn’t realize until today that I was looking too far afield. My first thought was to be disappointed … Continue reading

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A Swing and a Miss

The other week, I blogged about my students backchanneling during my class via IM. Martha suggested we try to formalize that arrangement on the course website. She and Jerry (or was it Jerry and she?) installed a chat box on … Continue reading

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Sitting In On My Own Class

Interesting seminar today. Charlotte Jones gave an excellent presention on library research skills–something I thought freshmen got in English composition, but this presentation was very much tailored to our course. Hart overslept, but Stephen clued me in that he was … Continue reading

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Back to balloon bursting

Recently, I’ve been writing about reality intruding on my First Year Seminar, where students are beginning to worry about their grade in the course rather than their learning, and where I fear some students may be using the freedom the … Continue reading

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