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Teaching USP Courses

Getting ready to teach a USP course for the first time?  Here's a quickcheck list of the "program elements" our campus community has collaboratively decided USP courses will have in common.

Quick check for all USP courses [including Explore (non-Quest)]:

  • Course description and introduction tailored for students at the beginning of their academic journeys (though many Explore courses will have a mixture of first year and continuing students in this initial year of implementation)
  • Direct instruction connecting a liberal arts education to your course content/discipline
  • Direct instruction regarding the USP and UW Oshkosh Essential Learning Outcomes (including the Signature Questions, as relevant)
  • Course specific, measurable student learning outcomes aligned with course process and assessment (Students will be able to...)
  • Early graded work to allow participation in Early Alert by fourth week of class
  • ePortfolio and Reflection (intro to the D2L ePortfolio for students - show short videos to students HERE; at least one assignment with a learning reflection will be uploaded to the ePortfolio in each USP course.  Have students also upload to the drop-box and "tag" the learning artifact for easy finding - by you and by them).  Contact John Robertson for personal assistance with the ePortfolio.  See student video to help students understand WHY the ePortfolio will be helfpul to them HERE.
  • Relational and resource focus, connecting students to academic resources and campus life with regular announcements as feasible referencing other USP courses and processes (Signature Questions, Peer Mentors, Learning Communities, Connect course ePortfolio project in their future, etc.) to help students make connections and take responsibility for their own learning.

    Quick check for Quest II courses [including Quest Speaking (COMM 111) and Quest Writing (WBIS)]

  • Ethical Reasoning Info HERE
  • MAP-Works Info HERE
  • Information Literacy and other Quest Speaking and Quest Writing specific info HERE
  • Relational Focus to include office hour visit as possible, attendance vigilance with USP Core Team assistance as needed, residence life meeting space if desired, timely info in weekly "News You Can Use" to address issue that emerge, "no drop" expectation for Quest II (exceptions are possible, with a personal visit to Liz Whalley in Advising), and personal help for all second semester students available in the campus home of the USP - the Pollock House.
  • Questioning Focus, to assist students' investigation of their assumptions
  • Case Study teaching and learning method, as means to explore Ethical Reasoning [info HERE]
  • Support of Learning Communities as resource to support student learning

Additions to the USP Teaching Resources

The USP Council wishes you a wonderful second semester! Thanks again for all your work this year as we transition to a coordinated program of general education.

Refresher Packet

This handbook contains course expectation reminders, resource locations, a growing list of teaching community members, ePortfolio and Reflection info, FYE and Peer Mentor details, and more.

Recommended Reading List

This list, complied by the Signature Question coordinators, offers reading suggestions related to sustainability, civic learning and intercultural knowledge and competence.


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