Leading a Productive First Day

2a: Leading a Productive First Day

In this module, faculty learn how to plan for a successful first day of class or first week of an online module by building a community of learners, and implementing active learning strategies to help students understand course expectations.

To satisfy the module requirements, faculty must apply one or more techniques, such as creating an outline for the first class session, developing an online orientation module, using an icebreaker or online introduction activity, or assigning a syllabus activity.

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Module References

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