In 1-2 sentences, what is the big question that students will explore in your seminar?
Please provide a seminar description written for a first-year student audience. Strong descriptions focus on the critical question to anchor the seminar, help students understand what the learning environment will be like through examples, include course content and materials representing a range of identities and experiences, and use language familiar to a general audience. Please limit your description to no more than 125 words.
Topic Relevance and Transferrable Skills
In what ways will a first-year student benefit from studying your proposed topic and the ways that they will study it? What aspects of the seminar do you anticipate will generate the most excitement?
Fostering Critical Thinking
What is an example of a course activity you would use to introduce students to how scholars in your discipline use evidence to support arguments?
Fostering Inclusive Classrooms
First-Year Experience and First-Year Seminars are dedicated to inclusive teaching practices. Please use https://cte.ku.edu/resources-inclusive-teaching as a reference. How will you foster an inclusive climate in your classroom? Please note that an inclusive climate goes beyond actual classroom interactions, as it can be further fostered via readings, guest speakers, assignments, topics of in-class activities, etc.
Assessing Critical Thinking
All First-Year Seminars include an integrative assignment for students to measure critical thinking. Most integrative assignments establish a rhetorical situation (policy proposal, exhibition materials, a letter to the editor, etc.) to guide students’ writing and use of sources, and are broken down into a series of smaller assignments throughout the semester, culminating in the production of the final, larger integrative assignment. Please share an idea for an integrative assignment related to your topic.