First Year Learning Initiative
What is the First Year Learning Initiative?The First Year Learning Initiative (FYLI) is a unique, locally-developed and faculty-driven program for building academic success in the early college career. There are currently over 75 FYLI-certified courses, including many of the highest-enrollment, highest-impact gateway courses at NAU. Typically, over 97% of first-year students are enrolled in at least one FYLI course. FYLI is based on the fact that students need – and want – high standards in their lower-division coursework. They also need to have those standards clearly communicated from the first moments of engagement with a course. To be successful, students need support, guidance, highly engaging pedagogy, and clear, frequent feedback. Through the FYLI development process, course coordinators collaboratively reshape their courses in order to meet these needs, focusing on three critical areas:
- Socializing students for excellence FYLI courses establish the attitudes, skills, and behaviors that enable students to succeed in the first year and beyond. Critical aspects include effective scaffolding and instruction on study skills and learning how to learn.
- Design FYLI courses incorporate features that support student success. These include requiring engagement early in the course, offering frequent feedback, and formative assessment throughout the course.
- Coordination Multi-section courses have coordination plans in place, with the goal of ensuring consistency across sections and across semesters. Important aspects of course design and pedagogy are captured in a course Syllabus of Practice.