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Improving Student Engagement in the First-Year Transition Seminar Class with Open Educational Resources

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2023 Fall Mid Atlantic Conference: Meeting our students where they are and getting them where they need to be

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Ewing, New Jersey

Publication Date

October 27, 2023

Start Date

October 27, 2023

End Date

January 10, 2024

Page Count

10

DOI

10.18260/1-2--45124

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https://peer.asee.org/45124

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Gang Liu University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-1384-4689

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Dr. Gang Liu is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology in the Division of Physical and Computational Sciences, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. He received his Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering in 2006 and another Ph.D. degree in engineering education in 2018. He teaches mechanical engineering undergraduate courses, including statics, dynamics, mechanics of materials, etc. His research interests include in-class intervention, misconceptions, First-Year Experience, novices and experts, and metacognition.
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Division of Physical and Computational Sciences
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
Bradford, PA 16701
Office Phone: 814-362-7571
Email: gliu@pitt.edu

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Abstract

First-year experience in college is critical and challenging to students from all socioeconomic backgrounds. It laid the foundation for the coming four years and significantly influenced the quality of students’ academic and social lives. But the fact is that the gaps between high school and college are so huge that some students struggle in the first year and even the years to come. First-Year Transition Seminar (FYTS) is a one-credit-hour course designed to transition students to the university academic setting, to introduce students to the general education program, and to educate students as to the array of campus activities and professional services available. The purpose of this first-year experience course is to help new college students prepare for their college life and make some adjustments in many ways, including academic, emotional, and intellectual. There are many students in the university the author served who have financial situations, including 43% Pell Grant eligible and 42% first-generation college students. College life could be difficult for students by challenging their abilities of self-regulation, time management, emotion control, financial management, etc. Among them, the cost of textbooks is a heavy burden on all students. Introducing open educational resources could relieve them from buying hard-copy textbooks and using them for only one semester. By assigning free-of-charge events, online reading, classroom exercises, and outside activities to assist students in transitioning to university-level work and campus culture, the course provides a dynamic atmosphere to build a first-year class community easy to engage. Besides the free textbook, we introduced many seminars on various topics dealing with different “subjects. The overall goal of the First-Year Transition Seminar is to encourage the students to be involved in all available college events and provide students with a solid and rewarding foundation for academic and personal success.

Liu, G. (2023, October), Improving Student Engagement in the First-Year Transition Seminar Class with Open Educational Resources Paper presented at 2023 Fall Mid Atlantic Conference: Meeting our students where they are and getting them where they need to be, Ewing, New Jersey. 10.18260/1-2--45124

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