Beginning of the Semester

First Class Meeting

The instructor’s initial contact with the class determines the mood, pace, and success factors for the entire course. Therefore, the first class meeting should be planned with care. The following information should be included with the course syllabus and reviewed at the first session:

  • objectives of the course
  • course content
  • current class schedule, including holidays or skip days
  • criteria for completion of the course
  • book and supply list

Remind your students that the usage and hours of the The Learning Center, Student Computer Labs, refund policy, facility policies (parking, food, smoking, etc.), inclement weather policy and accessibility to instructor should all be included in the course syllabus.