The First 60 Minutes
Tips and Tricks to Starting Your Course  Off on the Right Foot

One of the most significant challenges we face is how do we get our students to critically engage with the subject matter from the beginning of the term. CCIT is working on compiling a list of “best-practices” associated with the “First 60 Minutes” of class.

We want to know what you do to get your course started off right. The list, provided below, is a compilation of ideas furnished by instructors. (But it’s just a start.) Our goal is to grow this list. So please don’t hesitate to share your ideas with us. 

Imagine this…
So, you’ve designed a fantastic syllabus, featuring ideas you are sure will generate great discussions. Maybe you are engaging in subject matter that is currently in vogue in your field, or subject matter that poses a particular problem in your field, or subject matter that is important and time-honored material to engage within your field – any way you dice it, you’re pumped to get the party started!
On first day of class, you pass out your syllabus and go over the list of readings and as your excitement mounts you look up to see your students’ reactions… and instead of delighted grins, you see confused expressions, blank stares, maybe even a few very concerned looks. They have no idea what you are talking about. They have never heard of any of this. (Source: Cerridwen's Cauldron Blog, 10-18-2011)