UNIV 100, Introduction to Higher Education, is Radford University’s first-year seminar. We aim to prepare new students with the skills, habits, and information they need to be successful Highlanders. Each fall and spring, we offer enough sections with a goal of providing a seat for every student who wants one.
UNIV 100 teaches incoming students the skills and resources they need to be successful here at Radford University. We cover academic skills, university policies and resources, and personal topics. The classes are meant to be interactive with lots of discussion, small group activities, and field trips (a.k.a., campus engagement events) to help students make friends and feel comfortable doing what they need to as a student here.
Every section of UNIV 100 is co-taught by a faculty instructor (FI) and a peer instructor (PI), which is a student who applies and is trained on how to teach. Both FI and PI are true co-instructors who each bring their own strengths and perspectives to the classroom. They collaborate in all aspects of the course including lesson planning, communicating with students, leading discussions and activities, and even grading.
While most of the sections are general (no theme), many other sections are based on a certain major, a program (e.g., Honors or MASH), a learning community (e.g., Makers or Schoolhouse), or even just a personal interest of the instructors (e.g., running, baking, or wellness). All sections accomplish the same course goals and many of the same assignments, but each class reaches the finish line in its own way.
Our current learning outcomes for UNIV 100 are:
- Explore a topic in depth, yielding insight and/or information indicating interest in the subject;
- Identify and apply knowledge and skills from previous learning experiences to address novel situations;
- Review prior learning to reveal changes in perspective and opportunities to expand knowledge, skills, and abilities;
- Identify a personal or professional goal and reflect on their progress in achieving that goal, including how it affects themselves and/or those around them;
- Demonstrate understanding of professional communication skills;
- Write with clarity in ways that convey meaning to readers.