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First4Weeks: week two tips

Update | Tuesday, June 2, 2020

This week’s tips for faculty and staff can help engage and encourage students.

Proven, research-based strategies make a positive difference for students. The First4Weeks initiative is designed to leverage and expand on the great student success work we already have underway by focusing on four categories:

*Build Relationships and Connect
*Engage and Encourage
*Communicate, Celebrate, and Inspire
*Support and Collaborate

During the first four weeks of this semester, you’ll find helpful tips and links here for each category.  

Ideas for faculty
A great example of engaging and encouraging that has been used by faculty involves communication the “why” behind assignments. That helps students connect with the bigger picture for the course.

Ideas for staff
Listen and let a student talk through a problem. Help them talk their way through to the solution that is best for them.

Visit for additional tips and strategies.

Faculty and staff can join the First4Weeks blackboard community to share best practices and find new ideas! Email to request to be added to the community.

With Summer Semester 2020 classes being held remotely, we want to be sure that students have resources to connect, communicate, collaborate – and succeed in this new learning environment. In addition to First4Weeks tips, more information about remote/online learning can be found at


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