When developing your COR class, focus on the five foundational themes and learning goals and objectives that are critical for first-year seminars.
Undergraduate College Catalog - Students should be encouraged to review the catalog and identify important rules and regulations and learn more about their own major, General Education, and the variety of majors offered.
Purpose and Practice: Making the Most of Your First Year at SUNY Cortland - The COR 101 reader explores college culture and serves as an important first step in helping students think critically about themselves and their academic life. Students access the reader through Blackboard/eLearning.
Student Planner - During the first week of class, teaching assistants will distribute a copy of the planner for each student. In addition to the calendar, several pages are devoted to advising and registration, campus and residential hall policies, Cortland history and mission statement, etc.
Sample Syllabi - Contact the COR Coordinator for sample course outlines.
Advisement and Transition staff and veteran COR Instructors: Call 607-753-4726 for assistance.
Instructor Grants - COR 101 Instructor Grants provide an opportunity for instructors to involve their class in activities to help integrate the students into the campus and within their respective departments. Grants can be used to subsidize tickets to events such as theatre and/or musical events, cover the cost of transportation to field trips, fund guest speakers, etc.
Guide to Student Success - Every incoming student and parent at Orientation receives the guide (an A-Z list of all campus resources).
Speakers Bureau - Listing of campus and community experts on various first-year transitional topics.
Areas of Interest - Plan your class agendas by using this list to ask your students what topics they are interested in discussing.
COR Topic Resource List - Listing of class activities and readings based topic ideas to support the COR program themes.
Fall Timeline - Dates and deadlines specific to COR Program
Tech Talk - Teaching Assistants take the lead on covering specific technology resources (including myRedDragon, Blackboard and Library Research).
Faculty Development Teaching Tips (Index) - Over 100 links on teaching topics complied from many institutions by Honolulu Community College.
National Resource Center for First-Year Experience and Students in Transition
Teaching Assistant Resources/Handout on Effective Teaching - Standford University - The Center for Teaching and Learning
Dr. Marsha Fralick's website offers instructors several tips and practical ideas for your first-year course. Dr. Fralick's Tips for Engaging Students in Learning Alternatives to Lecture lists 23 different and easy to incorporate activities.
If you need assistance creating a rubric, considering the RubiStar website.
Encourage your students to utilize resources in the SUNY Cortland College Student Success Kit. Adapted from 101 Things to Do Before You Graduate by Patricia Hudak and Jullien Gordon, have your students complete the 4 Year Academic Plan, Goals Sheets, Fall and Spring Weekly Time Sheets, GPA Calculation or the Monthly Budget. The kit is especially helpful for students in their first year at Cortland but the resources can also help students in a sophomore slump.
Instructors or teaching assistants interested in reading an article/research titled, "Predicting and Curbing Classroom Incivility in Higher Education" by Nordstrom, Bartles, and Bucy, please see Advisement and Transition. Copies are available in the COR library.
Instructors or teaching assistants interested in infusing globalization topics in their syllabus, please contact Advisement and Transition. Information presented by Dr. William Skipper and Dr. Sharon Steadman at the SUNY Global Workforce workshop will be available for review.
You might consider including an activity or icebreaker from 50 Communication Activities, Icebreakers, and Exercises by Peter R. Garber (Amherst, MA, HRD Press, 2008).
Writing Assignment Resources:
Sharing Teaching Methods and Assignments for Using Writing in Courses
(Complied by Jen Drake, ASAP and Mary Kennedy, English - SUNY Cortland)
Teaching with Writing: A Guide for Faculty and Graduate Students
(Kerry Walk - from Crafting Assignments)
A Brief Guide to Designing Essay Assignments
(Gordon Harvey - Harvard College Writing Program)
If you are facilitating a section of Pre-Major (undecided) students, consider strategies from: Conversations, Clarification and Collages: Innovative Workshops for Undecided Students. All materials (with the exception of the Pack Your Values exercise) created by staff of the Advising First Center for Exploratory Students, Florida State University.
Instructor and TA Recruitment Information:
SUNY Cortland employees interested in participating with the COR program should possess the following Characteristics and Potential/Preferred Qualifications to be an effective first-year experience course instructor.
Instructor - Application (Contact Lori Schlicht at 607-753-4726 if interested in COR Program)
Teaching Assistant - Application