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Whether you're a new faculty member or an experienced one preparing a new course, take a few moments to review these important fundamentals.

1. Your Syllabus  

Make sure your syllabus contains all the required components outlined in UPS 300.004 and is accessible. Consider using these aids:

The syllabus template aligns with   UPS 300.004   PDF File PDF File and the other UPS that govern general education (411.200   PDF File PDF File ,   411.202   PDF File PDF File ,   411.203   PDF File PDF File ), online (411.104   PDF File PDF File ), and hybrid classes. Download the template and modify the sample text to reflect your expectations and those of your department. You can also verify that your syllabus has all the elements required by UPS by using the checklist above

Next steps when you have more time:


2. The First Day  

Review  your official roster.   PDF File PDF File

3. Your Students

4. Formative Assessment 


 Plan to use a few of these brief, low-stakes assessment strategies to see what your students do and don't yet understand and to engage them in reflecting on their own learning. Get a concise   introduction to formative assessment   PDF File PDF File or review examples of a few popular   Classroom Assessment Techniques   (CATs) to get started. Then plan how you'll share what you learned through the CATs with your students.  

5. Early Student Feedback  

 Get   student feedback    PDF File PDF File early in the semester to understand your students' needs and adjust your approach to teaching if needed.

 Have a teaching problem?  

Contact the FDC at   fdc@fullerton.edu   or use this interactive online problem solver.