Advisement and Transition
Orientation to Cortland
Understand the purpose of COR 101 and get to know your COR 101 classmates.
Icebreakers Review syllabus
Have students complete and turn in the
Student Information Sheet The
Marshmallows Teaching and Learning Activity can help build class cohesion as well as allow your students to collaborate and apply concepts in an engaging and memorable manner. Try the
Polaroid Reflection activity. This activity not only helps you to get to know your students but the students can look at the picture at the end of the semester and discuss how much they may have changed. Ask students to write down or discuss the purpose of COR 101
Ask students what they want to get out of this seminar
Ask what they expect of their instructor and TA
Biographical Poem (PDF)
Lifelines activity (PDF): a get to know you activity that gets students to think about the people in their life
Sentence Game (PDF): a lighthearted activity to learn more about your students
Icebreaker links (PDF): see additional activities to help get to know your students Learn the layout of campus
Have student complete a Cortland Geography Quiz (also encourage students to include the local community, not just the campus)
Scavenger Hunt (PDF) on campus for photos of various campus offices and facilities. Ask students to draw a map of SUNY Cortland (and the local community) and how they perceive the campus (and community).
Introduce students to the LIBRARY. Click
HERE and find out about library games, tours, instruction - SPECIFICALLY designed for your COR 101 class on Orientation to Cortland!! Demonstrate ability to navigate the Cortland website and myRedDragon
Review critical policies and procedures and where to obtain information on these policies
Have students identify all the campus sources of information
Have each student identify important resources related to their major and goals
Review Code of Conduct
Have students visit
Student Conduct website and critique the Code of Conduct Discuss norms, standards, and rules in class
Ask your Teaching Assistant to come up with typical "scenarios" or case studies. Have students reflect in groups about what they would/would not do in situations.
Ask Judicial Affairs to visit your class and lead a discussion.
Begin to identify
opportunities for involvement and how students would like to become involved on campus
Help students identify the culture of Cortland
Encourage students to explore some aspect of the
City of Cortland - a landmark, a festival, some history Ask students to participate in a SUNY Cortland tradition. Discuss what makes a tradition? How will they leave their mark at SUNY Cortland?
Have the class create a collage of ideas, pictures, words that define Cortland. This can be done individually, in small groups, or as a large class project
Have small groups create posters that capture an element of SUNY Cortland. Ask students to choose a theme and create a poster that captures that theme
Encourage students to read
, and discuss its contents. The Dragon Chronicle