Academic Innovations Professional Development
Professional Development Supported by Academic Innovations

Self-directed Online Learning Opportunities eCourse
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How to Implement a 2- to 3-Unit College Freshman Course
Instructional Strategies for Student Success/First-Year Experience Courses

Course Description:

Get Focused Stay Focused!This eCourse is for college instructors, guidance department chairs, deans, and administrators charged with developing strategies to keep students in college and completing in a timely fashion. Using the Career Choices and Changes workbook and®, discover a cost-effective way to develop a hybrid, classroom-based, first-year guidance course that teaches students a quantifiable decision-making process that will help them envision and plan for a future that is productive, achievable, and stimulating. The resulting online, personalized career and education 10-year plan provides the focus and intrinsic motivation to succeed in college, at work, and in life. In addition, learn how this online 10-year career and education plan can be used by all campus staff for in-depth advisory functions and academic coaching. You'll discover how to create buy-in and provide the professional development necessary for all stakeholders. You'll leave with a plan for developing and then implementing a first-year experience course that will get the results you require to meet state and accreditation requirements, while at the same time requiring minimal resource allocation.

Learning Outcomes:

At the conclusion of this eCourse, participants will:

  • Implement the Student Success/Freshman Transition/First-Year Experience course with fidelity.
  • Develop a comprehensive lesson plan and pacing guide for your course.
  • Understand the online 10-year planning process using® in order to be able to orient all campus personnel (counselors and instructors) on its use for advising and academic coaching.
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Topics include:

  • An overview of the curriculum
  • An understanding of the pedagogy and the research behind this course
  • How to use the seven key resources for classroom success
  • Discover the 12 classroom tips for instructional success
  • Review of the online Instructor's Resource Center 
  • Understanding® Interactive and its management
  • Learn about the unique Skills-Based Education Plan
  • How to use® for academic coaching and advising
  • Course assessment and grading strategies

Who would benefit from this eCourse?
  • Instructors of College or Student Success Courses
  • First-year Experience or Freshman Seminar Coordinators
  • Instructors of Career or Life Planning courses
  • Dean of Student Services/Affairs
  • Department of Chairs for Counseling
  • Administrators responsible for college completion rates

With your registration you’ll receive:

Books includedTexts or Materials:
  • Instructor’s and Administrator’s Guide for Career Choices and® 8th Edition 2020
  • Career Choices and Changes
Online Course Materials and Platforms: (provided)
  • Online license to The Instructor’s Resource Center
  • Special participant license to the online Academic Innovations University. Access the site using the login information. This will allow you to create your own username/password.
  • License to® Interactive teacher account
  • License to a® blank student account
  • PTA account (a populated account) with no deadline
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Cost:  $249 which includes the books and special online license noted above.
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