University 101 Programs




Training and Workshops

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Peer Leader Spring Orientation (April)

Spring Orientation is the official introduction of University 101 Peer Leaders to their University 101 experience. During Spring Orientation, peer leaders explore their important team-teaching role within the University 101 classroom. This workshop focuses on strategies for building community in University 101 classrooms, addressing the needs of first-year students, and preparing to work with a co-instructor.


Syllabus Preparation Workshop (April)

This workshop provides an opportunity for instructors, peer leaders, and graduate leaders to share effective strategies for achieving the common course goals and learning outcomes. Important assessment information is shared about factors leading to a successful seminar experience, and new policies, requirements, or recommendations are discussed. Attendees exchange ideas and resources with colleagues before they begin to plan their syllabus. Additionally, these workshops are a time for co-instructors to begin developing teaching relationships and planning for their fall responsibilities.

Peer Leader Fall Training (August)

Fall Training occurs before the start of the semester to provide peer leaders with timely and relevant information and skills. Peer leaders participate in this workshop with their EDLP 520 section to begin building the EDLP 520 community while practicing facilitation skills, learning about resources and enhancing their approachability, and exploring case studies of potential “sticky situations” peer leaders often face.


EDLP 520: The Teacher as Manager (August-December)

EDLP 520 is a unique class designed to provide a forum for reflection on and processing of the University 101 Peer Leader experience and to allow peer leaders to develop and practice important leadership skills that are transferrable to other settings. Discussion revolves around such topics as group facilitation skills, mentoring and helping skills, leadership styles, classroom management strategies, and other related issues.
Designed by University 101 staff, the Peer Leader Toolkit is the primary resource for understanding the purpose of University 101 and developing skills for facilitating discussions, mentoring and referring students, and working with a co-instructor. It also provides helpful information and tips about applying the University 101 experience to future workplace settings.
The textbook for all UNIV 101 courses is designed by University 101 staff and tailored to the first-year experience of USC students. Transitions contains a wealth of information about campus resources and navigating the Carolina experience, along with activities students can use to enhance their learning. Instructors and peer leaders utilize this resource with their students throughout the semester.
Sharepoint provides a place where instructors and peer leaders can access electronic course materials, such as videos, PowerPoint presentations, etc. An electronic version of the Faculty Resource Manual allows instructors to make changes to activities and handouts to customize for their needs. Other features of this site include a discussion board for sharing ideas and a comprehensive calendar with important University 101 dates (faculty meetings, workshops, etc), academic calendar dates (drop/add, semester breaks), and USC dates (involvement fair, etc).
This online guide, designed by University 101 Programs’ staff, highlights updates and relevant information about university programs and services relevant to first-year students. The guide was developed to ensure that University 101 instructors and peer leaders had access to, and shared with their students, the most accurate and relevant information about University of South Carolina resources and programs.