First Day Handout mayhem!

Today, I’d like to introduce a new member of our team, and guest blogger, Mr. John! He’s going to share with us some valuable information on First Day Handouts:

Mornings are darker and night comes sooner, heralding summer’s retreat and the coming of fall.  Whether Faculty or Student we probably all say it; “Where did summer go so fast?  Is it really time for school to start!”

The CTL would like to wish returning and new faculty a hearty “Welcome back!”  We’re here to help you maximize the learning experience for your students and to make your life easier.  So, we thought we’d start out the semester with some information and resource links about how to craft or improve a course syllabus.  At Macomb Community College we call this your “first day handout.”

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That’s depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”…
(Alice in Wonderland, Chapter VI, P 64; Carroll, 1960)

Your first day handout is the road map for your course.  It helps students plan and navigate the details of the learning experience you have created for them.  So, it is one of the most important handouts they will receive, perhaps the most important!

For MCC approved content and style visit the Curriculum Warehouse at:

Here are additional resources on content:

And here are additional samples:

Please share your comments and experiences below, as you prepare your First Day Handouts for the new semester. And contact us with any questions you may have!

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