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Potsdam Prepared: Fall 2021 Updates

WAYS Getting Started

Our campus spent three years developing the new Potsdam Pathways, and one of the most exciting and innovative parts of Pathways is the three first-year seminars. Now it's time to bring it to life, and we hope you will join us in teaching these new courses.

The WAYS coordinators are eager to assist you.

Ready to get started? Select course/courses below.

 

WAYS Course Approval Guidelines & Processes

Please consult the "Getting Started" section above before preparing a WAYS 101, 102, 103 or 301 proposal. The "Getting Started" section contains course descriptions, criteria and SLOs for each WAYS course, as well as helpful guidelines for designing a WAYS course.
After consulting the "Getting Started" section above, and perhaps reaching out to the specific WAYS coordinator (recommended), follow the general process below when seeking approval to offer a WAYS course (101, 102, 103 or 301).

Teaching WAYS for the first time:
Submitting a proposal to PPCC to teach a WAYS course for the first time is the culmination of a process beginning a year prior to first offering the class. That year involves professional development in skills pedagogy, and consultation with skills experts, the appropriate WAYS Coordinator, and fellow WAYS faculty, as well as support in course preparation and approval.

After consulting the WAYS Getting Started materials, please submit the WAYS Course: Intent to Design form to initiate the process. At the completion of the course development process the WAYS Coordinator will submit your syllabus and supporting documents to the PPCC for approval.

Teaching a WAYS course for a second time (and beyond):
If there are substantial changes to one’s syllabus, or if one has designed a new WAYS course, then experienced instructors of WAYS courses should consult with the appropriate WAYS Coordinator.  They will direct you through the process of resubmitting your new or revised course for PPCC approval.

If you are planning to teach the same WAYS course without substantial changes, please communicate your intent to your department chair and the appropriate WAYS coordinator and submit a copy of the syllabus to the appropriate WAYS Coordinator by October 15 for spring offerings and by March 15 for fall offerings.

The PPCC will follow the criteria, student learning outcomes (SLOs), and design guidelines laid out in the approved Pathways materials when approving WAYS courses. Materials must clearly demonstrate how the proposed course meets those criteria and delivers those SLOs.

For assistance with the application process, please contact the Pathways Director. For assistance with questions about the criteria and SLOs for the individual WAYS courses, please contact the appropriate WAYS Coordinator.

Pathways Designator Approval: Guidelines & Processes

Follow these guidelines when seeking approval for a course to carry Ways of Thinking and Ways of Connecting designators. To prepare proposals for WAYS 101, 102, 103 or 301 courses please consult the WAYS "Getting Started" section above.

Please note that courses can only be approved to carry one Ways of Thinking or Ways of Connecting designator. The only exception to this rule will be for CM and CT. A single course or experience can be approved to carry both CM and CT.

Ways of Thinking:
Thinking Aesthetically (TA)
Thinking Foundationally (TF)
Thinking Historically (TH)
Thinking Mathematically (TM)
Thinking Scientifically – Natural World (NW)
Thinking Scientifically – Social World (SW)

Ways of Connecting:
Connecting through Language Other than English (CL)
Connecting Globally (CG)
Connecting Clearly: Communication in the Major (CM)
Connecting Theory to Practice Through Applied Learning (CT)

The PPCC will follow the criteria and student learning outcomes (SLOs) laid out in the approved Pathways materials when approving courses for Pathways designation. Applications need to clearly demonstrate how the proposed course meets those criteria and delivers those SLOs.

For assistance with the application process, please contact the Pathways Director. For assistance with questions about the criteria and SLOs for the individual designators, please contact the appropriate Designator Liaison.

Applications must include the following:

  1. A completed Pathways Designator Approval Form
     
  2. Syllabus for the course (or at least two syllabi for multiple section courses). Syllabi must include:
    1. Course description;
    2. A statement that identifies the course as part of the Potsdam Pathways Program (e.g., “This course fulfills the Thinking Mathematically requirement of the Pathways Core Curriculum”);
    3. The approved description of the Pathways requirement the course will satisfy;
    4. Course goals and objectives in addition to those laid out in the Pathways description;
    5. The approved Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) of the Pathways requirement the course will satisfy;
    6. Methods of evaluation explicitly linked to SLOs;
    7. Grading policy;
    8. A list of assignments and/or assignment categories and their percentage contribution to the overall course grade;
    9. Required texts and readings;
    10. Prerequisites (if any);
    11. Tentative course schedule;
    12. Attendance policy;
    13. Office hours and faculty contact info;

     You may also want to include:

  1. any other course specific SLOs in addition to those laid out in the Pathways  description;
  2. a section on student support services in your syllabus as recommended by the Student Care Advisory Group.
  3. highlights of the ways your course engages issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  1. Point-by-point demonstration of how the course meets the requirement criteria. Include:
    1. methods of instruction (e.g., lectures, discussions, small groups, simulation), pointing out opportunities for active student learning;
    2. for multiple section courses—a description of how courses will be coordinated to insure consistent implementation and assessment across all sections of the course (as appropriate);
    3. a description of how the assignments and examinations are linked to the SLOs for the appropriate Pathways designator.

Core Writing Course Approval: Guidelines and Processes

Follow these guidelines when seeking approval for a course to carry the Core Writing designator

Before starting this process, you will want to have the following materials at hand:

  1. A course syllabus (or at least two syllabi for multiple section courses)
  2. A point-by- point narrative and other supporting documents, as detailed below in section #3.

    The deadline for applications for designation for the spring semester is October 15; for the fall semester, March 15.  The PPCC will follow the criteria and student learning outcomes (SLOs) laid out in the approved Core Writing materials when approving courses for designation. Applications need to clearly demonstrate how the proposed course meets those criteria and delivers those SLOs. 

    For assistance with the application process, please contact the Pathways Director. For assistance with questions about the criteria and SLOs for the Core Writing designator, please contact the Core Writing resource person.

    Applications must include the following:
    1. A completed Core Writing Course Approval Form 
    2. Syllabus for the course (or at least two syllabi for multiple section courses).

      Syllabi must include:
      1. Course description;
      2. A statement that identifies the course as a Core Writing course
      3. The approved Core Writing description
      4. Any course goals and objectives for the course in addition to those laid out in the Core Writing materials (if applicable);
      5. The approved Core Writing Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs);
      6. Methods of evaluation explicitly linked to SLOs;
      7. Grading policy;
      8. A list of assignments and/or assignment categories and their percentage contribution to the overall course grade;
      9. Required texts and readings;
      10. Tentative course schedule;
      11. Attendance policy;
      12. Office hours and faculty contact info;     

        You may also want to include a section on student support services in your syllabus as recommended by the Student Care Advisory Group. 
  3.  Point-by-point demonstration of how the course meets the criteria for the designator. In addition to the point-by-point demonstration please address the following:
    1. methods of instruction (e.g., lectures, discussions, small groups, simulation), pointing out opportunities for active student learning;
    2. for multiple section courses—a description of how courses will be coordinated to insure consistent implementation and assessment across all sections of the course (as appropriate);
    3.  a description of how the assignments and examinations are linked to the SLOs for Core Writing