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First Day Exercises: Motivate Class Preparation, Discuss Course Design, and Show You Care
motivating class preparation, first-day exercises, active learning
Two class exercises are adapted from classic psychology experiments to give students first-hand experience in how class preparation makes it easier for them to comprehend and recall information. The active learning experiences are applicable regardless of course content and are especially beneficial to students early in their higher education experience. The goals of the exercises are to increase student motivation for class preparation, encourage student success, and begin building student trust in the instructor’s course design and caring for students. The use of these exercises can be an active learning way of introducing a first day discussion of course design.