Cat Memes and Creativity: Using WordPress to Remix the First Year Experience Course

Date: Saturday, July 16, 2016
Time: 1:30 - 2:15 pm (EDT) (UTC-04:00)
Location: Room A221
Format: General Lecture Session

Session description

The First Year Experience or Academic Foundations courses are found on campuses everywhere. But really what are students getting out of these courses? This session will explore how one instructor recreated the foundations course to better fit the learning outcomes of 2016 all built on WordPress.

From ditching the traditional syllabi, assigning Twitter and Instagram as homework, and designing the major’s specific course around creating a career portfolio of skills, to having the highest gains in career readiness and post test class scores of any section at the university. We will discuss the course, activities and assignments, use of pop culture (#selfie), service learning and technology competencies as well as the student’s reactions and satisfaction with the class.

Come learn how to build WordPress into the core of your class to better reach and inspire your first year students. Leave with assignments, sample syllabi and activities to try in your class.


Kasandrea Sereno

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Lead Academic Advisor, University of South Florida

Kasandrea Sereno is a higher education advisor and consultant.

She is a Twitter addict, lover of Pinterest and Instagram, and often posts cool links on her Tumblr and ScoopIt. She enjoys photography, blogging and meeting cool people who want to do big things. You can see Kasandrea's work on SlideShare or Prezi.

Kasandrea is fond of Chipotle, vanilla lattes and traveling (although not necessarily in that order). She has an allergy to incompetence and a drive to make things bigger and better. Life is too short to be anything less than awesome. She is a parent to the cutest pup on the planet and an aggressively affectionate polydactyl cat.

Kasandrea is passionate about education in all forms and encourages others to achieve their dreams. She has a company where she gets to help people go to college, and it is her favorite position by far. She also enjoy helping businesses recognize their strengths and mitigate/eliminate their weaknesses through properly leveraging their human capital. Her current research includes social media marketing and using current technologies to market and promote educational institutions and companies.


  • General Lecture Session: Cat Memes and Creativity: Using WordPress to Remix the First Year Experience Course