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Office of Undergraduate Experiences

Faculty Resources

First-Year Seminar

FYS students volunteering at Bluff Lake.
The Office of Undergraduate Experiences works to provide all First-Year Seminar (FYS) faculty with resources for use both in and out of class. Such resources include links to helpful online information, ideas for class activities or assignments, potential service learning projects, and much more. All faculty are invited and encouraged to submit any resources they would like to share with their fellow FYS instructors. Documents will be uploaded as they are received.

Please e-mail all links and documents to Neda Barrett.


Online resources for both students and instructors

The Auraria Library offers an extensive online research guide for students in all First-Year Seminar courses.

FYS instructor David Hildebrand offers teaching tips and hints as well as student FAQs.

An intriguing TED lecture by psychologist Barry Schwartz on the paradox of choice that people face in today's world.

In-class activities for students

FYS students should know their rights and responsibilities as members of the CU Denver community. This in-class activity helps students understand the Student Code of Conduct and the Academic Honesty policies at the university.

FYS Conduct and Ethics activity.pdf

FYS instructors share their personal techniques for course organization and grading

ETST 1111 offers examples of a homework grading rubric, instructions for students about preparing a class presentation, and an evaluation for such presentations.

Homework Grading Rubric.pdf

Class Presentation Instructions.pdf

Class Presentation Evaluation.pdf

Syllabus requirements for FYS faculty

An update will be coming soon.

 Office of Undergraduate Expereinces

Phone: 303-315-2133 • Fax: 303-315-5829

Street Address: 1380 Lawrence Street, Ste. 1400

Denver, CO 80204


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