First Year Seminar offers incoming students a chance to take just one class in their first three weeks—and gain skills and friendships that will see them through to graduation.
Geoffrey Dipple hasn’t decided what to tipple: pale ale or brown ale?
The chair of the University of Alberta Augustana campus’s social science department is in the midst of teaching a three-week block course covering everything from Animal House to zymurgy, the chemistry of fermentation. During their first taste of post-secondary education, students will visit Dipple’s home kitchen to brew a batch of beer.
It’s all part of First Year Seminar, an innovative program at Augustana where all new students take one and only one class for the first three weeks. Students choose from one of 15 themes—such as beer, superheroes or dinosaurs—while picking up the skills and friendships that will take them to graduation.The long game of short courses
Augustana realigned its semesters in 2017 into a unique configuration: a three-week bl...