Transforming Gateway Courses - Communication is the Key - Cancelled

3/9/2020 from 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
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Registration open through 3/7/2020 11:55 AM EST



Transforming Gateway Courses - Communication is the Key

by Uma Swamy, Ph.D.

“Gateway” courses—introductory courses that are necessary for students to progress through their chosen major—can either be a barrier to or springboard for student success. Performance in these courses has a huge impact on student engagement, motivation, persistence and progress to graduation. At Florida International University a project to transform gateway courses has led to increased passing rates, enhanced retention rates, and reduced time to graduation. In this talk, Dr. Uma Swamy, University Lecturer in Chemistry and Biochemistry, will discuss the ways in which a) course organization; b) buy-in in among own students and among learning assistants, who support student learning in these active learning classrooms; and c) effective communication have contributed to the transformation of gateway courses at FIU.

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