Welcome to the seventy-fifth issue of The LTO Best Practices. Throughout the year, the Learning & Teaching Office spotlights a timely topic in education. This October, our topic is "Teaching First-Years".
Check out our page of Teaching Tips handouts for more downloadable documents on a variety of teaching topics.
Teaching first-year students requires a unique set of teaching strategies. Creating an engaging learning experience for first-year students is important because the majority of drop-outs occur in the first-year of study (Tinto, 1987; 2006). Among the main causes of student attrition are:
To address these issues, Tinto has laid out five conditions for student persistence:
The following best practices in teaching first-years have been compiled keeping Tinto’s five conditions for student persistence in mind.
"The LTO Best Practices" is produced monthly by Michelle Schwartz, Instructional Design and Research Strategist at the Learning & Teaching Office of Ryerson University.
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