EDUC 108 - Purposeful Learning

Course Description:

EDUC 108 is a two-credit seminar course designed for first year college students. It introduces students to academic culture and develops skills and strategies for college success. Throughout the course, students will gain a better understanding of themselves as engaged learners, unique individuals, and collective members of a diverse campus community. Students will reflect on their educational experiences and develop an understanding of and appreciation for the metacognitive process of lifelong learning.

Course Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • recognize personal strengths and weaknesses related to academic and personal success
  • recognize campus resources and services that support academic and personal success
  • use critical thinking, reflective thought, and effective reasoning to communicate with others
  • appreciate multiple perspectives from diverse groups of individuals and communities
  • identify the importance of equity, diversity, and inclusion in higher education
  • understand how to apply concepts and lessons learned in this course to major and career goals
  • describe the value and benefits of higher education and life-long learning

Instructor permission is required to register for EDUC 108.


First-year Interest Groups (FIGS)

Student Outreach Services in collaboration with the First-year Interest Groups (FIGs) Program here at Western, is proud to offer its own FIG clusters! FIGs are student-centered learning communities of about 10-15 students and consist of three classes. Two of the classes are General University Requirement (GUR) courses and they are linked together by a two-credit seminar class. FIGS provide students with a sense of community while also receiving additional support in developing important skills to ensure academic success in their first quarter at Western.

For more information about the FIGs program, please visit the FIGs website: First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs)

Instructor permission is required to register for the SOS FIGs.