LaGuardia Community College (LAGCC) presents the opportunity for faculty to build a strong connection with students through the co-curricular learning. LaGuardia supports at various stages so that LaGuardia students can get an opportunity to learn not only inside the classroom but also outside the classroom. Students participating in co-curricular events is crucial for their academic success. In other words, students who are involved in co-curricular activities tend to remain engaged throughout their academic journey. Studies show active involvement in beyond classroom experience facilitate the students to gain a holistic experience. Faculty in their First Year Seminar (FYS) courses seek ways to create a deeper level understanding of the students’ academic needs and skills through co-curricular practices. FYS students are strongly encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities that not only cross the traditional boundaries of disciplines but also show how they can transfer skills and knowledge to their future courses. Thus, FYS students participating in Co-Curricular events achieve a better understanding of their academic needs and philosophy of a holistic First Year Experience. Students are asked to complete a short reflection on their outside classroom learning experience. Presenters will share their integrative pedagogy and practice to approach the “whole student,” in cultivating their outside classroom learning experience. The audience will get an opportunity to think about how they can incorporate an activity to engage students through co-curricular practices into their pedagogy.
Sada Jaman, LaGuardia Community College, United States
Ahmed Abdelhalim, LaGuardia Community College, United States