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

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.

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