Making the first day of a course effective: Opinion

January 6, 2021
Instructors should try to make the first day of a course engaging and effective, writes Denise K Magner. The author writes that instructors should use the flexibility they have on the first day to gain student engagement. Rather than reading the syllabus out loud, instructors could begin by sparking curiosity about the course topics before referencing how the syllabus will guide students through those topics to satisfy their curiosity. Magner also suggests giving students a challenging task to complete before they have learned the skills they need to succeed at it in order to get a clear view of students’ current understanding of the subject. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International)