The “UCourses: Learning by Design” project is an interdisciplinary course project aimed at improving student engagement and wellbeing in the first year of college. The project includes three parts: a Design Intensive experience for faculty who redesign standalone first year courses into integrated, project-based courses; a mentored course experience for students who enroll in UCourses to complete firstyear requirements; an assessment cycle that examines survey data, repeatable grades, and students’ course embedded reflective writing. The proposers hoped to see indicators of wellbeing using Keyes’ Flourishing Languishing Scale, an adapted Psychological Sense of Community Scale building on the work of Boyd and Newell, and analysis of students’ term end reflective writing assignment in multiple UCourses. This project responded to our (since departed) Provost’s call for strengthened “personal and social responsibility” outcomes in General Education and to ongoing work by the First Year Experience program to enhance the first year curriculum in line with several of our campus’s Strategic Priorities, including the creation of “high-quality learning environments,” “[investment] in faculty . . . development,” and “the wise use of new technologies.” This project responds as well to our President’s call for a campus focused on the development of civic engagement in our students.
CSU Chico: Psychosocial Well-Being Initiative Grant
Psychosocial Well-Being Initiative Grant