10 Strategies for Enhancing Learning in Introductory Courses

10 Strategies for Enhancing Learning in Introductory Courses

Enhancing Learning in Introductory Courses

Even though introductory courses, both large and small, form the foundation of a college education, providing students with their firstóand perhaps their onlyóexposure to a body of knowledge, they donít get a lot of respect. Students donít like taking survey courses, faculty donít like teaching them, and student achievement and attendance are notoriously low.


Youíll learn about practical tools you can use to transform introductory courses from an educational chore to a pathway to student success.

The presenter shows you how to go beyond flavor-of-the-month solutions and discover why students arenít achieving learning outcomes. Youíll learn how trying to teach more can hamper learning and increase student frustration.

Itís not easy to promote student success with the large class sizes that are typical of introductory courses. But in this seminar, youíll review structural techniques to help students see what your course is about, and youíll learn why that matters.

This comprehensive approach, when implemented with proven teaching techniques, helps students understand the relevance of survey courses and makes the experience more rewarding for all involved.

Learning goals

Moving through Bloomís Taxonomy, this Magna Online Seminar will enhance your critical thinking about teaching introductory courses, taking you from developing knowledge through practicing evaluation. After participating in this seminar, youíll be able to:

  • Use student feedback regarding their learning
  • Explain to students why itís as important to ask questions as it is to answer them
  • Employ rubrics early in your teaching process
  • Construct useful and relevant learning content
  • Analyze student learning styles and vary your teaching methods in response
  • Devise learning structures to help students manage their cognitive load
  • Manage technology to help students achieve learning outcomes in introductory courses
  • Prepare students to learn how to learn through metacognition
  • Create opportunities for students to learn by teaching
  • Assess the effectiveness of new teaching strategies for your survey courses

Topics Covered

Students need structure, especially at the beginning of their studies. In 10 Strategies for Enhancing Learning in Introductory Courses, the presenter shows you how to use the framework of your survey courses to promote both student engagement and student success. Youíll learn how to use structure in introductory courses to:

  • Offer a variety of ways to learn
  • Align course content and activities with learning outcomes
  • Establish a connection between your studentsí world and course content


Whatever your discipline, if you teach survey courses, 10 Strategies for Enhancing Learning in Introductory Courses is for you.

Whether youíre a graduate teaching assistant just starting your career or a highly experienced tenured professor, this seminar can help you improve your teaching and support student success in all your introductory courses. In addition to faculty, others who can benefit from this seminar include directors of centers for teaching and learning and academic administrators.

This is a seminar for people who plan to put their learning into practice, and youíll leave the session equipped with sample rubrics and additional resources you can use right away to transform your survey courses.


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