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Buffalo State College. Department of Economics & Finance A large lecture Gen Ed course, primarily for non-majors; a hybrid course Enrollments of 300+ per semester Move from traditional lecture to one with multi- learning styles: on-line materials, including a text with embedded videos and ULAs meetings once a week
We do not use majors in Economics & Finance Why? The course evolved into a history of economic systems from cavemen to the modern global economy and became popular in that context. Historically Econ-Finance students not big on history. The search for what students took the course, did well and liked it? Students who liked Social Studies
Initially, hit and miss, but a student who had served as tutor for a couple semesters suggested recruitment in her major: Education with a Social studies concentration A cooperative faculty member in that department helped send out a recruitment email flyer during the summer prior to implementation Between that, & word of mouth students began to apply to be a ULA- a fairly solid initial group was rercuited
ANGEL training was central A specialized version of a faculty ANGEL workshop designed and carried out A parallel workshop on content & course activities was developed and provided All the ULAs had taken the course within the past 3 semesters; all had experience with ANGEL in most of their course Most significant all had education methods course completed
Communication and coordination of the ULAs Need for on-going faculty support Recognition of the individuality of the ULAs Emergence of ULA strengths and weaknesses Trust in ULA initiatives and willing to experiment new techniques and ideas Discovery the prof is not always right Give and take between the instructor and the ULAs Informal meetings: coffee, lunch- scheduling
Formal arrangements between the department of Economics & Finance and both the Education and History/ Social Studies departments Recognition of the ULA experience as part of their practice teaching credit More systematic recruitment Greater recruitment within the course Greater campus-wide information
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