USP Teaching Resources
Countdown to Launch
Getting ready to teach a USP course in fall 2013 for the first time? Here's a quick-check 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.
- 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.
- Co-curricular activity attendance suggestions [PDF list HERE and Google calendar link HERE]
- Peer Mentor Info HERE (check in at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have specific questions)
- Paired Instructor Info for Learning Community Enhancement (check in at email@example.com if you have specific questions)
- MAP-Works Info HERE
- Information Literacy and other Quest Speaking and Quest Writing specific info HERE
- Relational Focus to include office hour visit, attendance vigilance with Peer Mentor assistance as needed, residence life meeting space if desired (watch your email from FYE director Tracy Slagter), "no drop" expectation for Quest I with special advising assistance from Mehgan Clark at the Pollock House during designated hours (extension 1257), etc.
Quick check for Quest I courses [including Quest Speaking (COMM 111) and Quest Writing (WBIS)]
Summer Additions to the USP Teaching Resources
The USP Council wishes you a wonderful summer of refreshment! Thanks again for all your work this year as we transition to a coordinated program of general education. First year students are now registered for the courses you have prepared!
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.
This list, complied by the Signature Question coordinators, offers summer reading suggestions related to sustainability, civic learning and intercultural knowledge and competence.
Other USP teaching resources are always available under the "Teaching Community" link on the USP homepage.