Supporting first-year students’ transition to university studies in Land and Food Systems: A Redesign of LFS 100 (Introduction to Land, Food and Community)

TitleSupporting first-year students’ transition to university studies in Land and Food Systems: A Redesign of LFS 100 (Introduction to Land, Food and Community)
Faculty/College/UnitLand & Food Systems
StatusActive
Duration1 Year
Initiation04/01/2018
Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2018/2019
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorCandice Rideout
Year 1: Funded Amount45,444
Year 1: Team Members

Candice Rideout, Senior Instructor, Food, Nutrition and Health, Faculty of Land and Food Systems (LFS)
Brenna Han, 4th-year Undergraduate Student, LFS
Timothy Sayson, 3rd-year Undergraduate Student, LFS
Cyprien Lomas, Assistant Dean – Learning Technologies, LFS
Christine Scaman, Associate Professor / Associate Dean – Academic, LFS
Will Valley, Instructor / Academic Director of the LFS Core Series, LFS
Rickey Yada, Professor / Dean, LFS

Year 1: Summary

The Faculty of Land and Food Systems (LFS) recognizes the importance of supporting our first-year students as they adjust to the challenges of learning in a university environment. Through the redesign of LFS 100 (Introduction to Land, Food and Community), this project will support first-year LFS students’ transition to university studies by enhancing their engagement, sense of belonging in the academic community, self-directed learning skills, and preparation for upper-year classes. Based on the results of a thorough situational assessment (including the systematic evaluation of current LFS 100 students’ experiences and perspectives as they make the transition to learning in a large university context), the redesign of LFS 100 will provide an essential foundation for students’ learning throughout their undergraduate studies. A variety of learner-centered activities and materials (including online open educational resources) will be created to provide a significant learning experience at a critical stage of students’ academic development.