” Is there any extra credit?” Don’t you hate that question? Even if you are not an extra credit bestowing softy, this might be worth it trying so please read on. Math Professor Mel Ackerman has an answer to that question and it is YES! Professor Ackerman encourages her students to help themselves by attening Macomb’s Student Succes Seminars. These offer students an opportunity to learn strategies that will enhance their ability to succeed in college. The seminars, which are free to Macomb students and earn 0.1 CEU (Continuing Education Unit) credit per session, take place in the Learning Centers. Students need to bring their student ID to register. Students who attend 10 or more different sessions during a two year period will be awarded a certificate of completion!
Professor Ackerman has her students register for these seminars through WebAdvisor. At the end of the semester the students print out thier non-credit transcript. They are given 2 points for each seminar. Great idea, right?
Here is how you can kick it up a notch.
If a student chooses to attend a seminar, have them write a short paragraph on what they learned in the seminar and how they have implemented what they learned in their studied, not limited to your course. Or have your students write out a study plan based on your course. Now isn’t that worth extra credit?