The Next Step In FYE: Innovative Strategies To Strengthen Your Program

On-Demand Training

$ 425.00

The registration fee includes institutional access to the recording for one year.
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Many colleges and universities have adopted first-year seminars as the centerpiece of their approach to FYE. This webinar will explore innovative ideas and practical strategies for developing a multi-faceted yet cohesive FYE program that can include seminars but also focus on other strategies that fit your unique student and institutional context. We will explore the benefits of harnessing peer-to-peer education, experiential learning, out-of-class faculty interaction with students, learning portfolio development, and learning communities.

Insight into FYE's theoretical underpinnings and history, as well information on what works and doesn’t work including solutions to common implementation barriers, will be provided. Participants will be encouraged to imagine new possibilities and potentials for their FYE programs/approach.

  • Gain insight into FYE's history and potential role in the 21st century collegiate experience
  • Learn from examples of innovative first-year practices from seminars to co-curricular programs and how to implement them
  • Receive a brief synopsis of theoretical underpinnings and perspectives on FYE
  • Review practical suggestions for starting or strengthening an FYE program
  • Learn about FYE's impact and links to mid-collegiate and capstone student experiences
  • Leave with strategies for exploring untapped possibilities for FYE at their institution
  • 2-year institutions & 4-year institutions
  • Academic Affairs/Instruction
  • Student Services/Affairs
  • Faculty (full and part-time)
  • Retention Specialist
  • First Year Experience Coordinators

Greg Metz is currently Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College. Greg serves as a point person for a wide gamut of student issues and concerns, confers on student success and development initiatives across the college, and is charged with enhancing synergies across student and academic affairs. Previously, Greg served as the Assistant Director of University of Cincinnati’s Center for First Year Experience and Learning Communities where his primary responsibilities included expansion and enhancement of an extensive and nationally regarded Peer Educator Program. Greg has a Ph.D. in Sociology from Rutgers University. Over a 25 year career in higher education, he has served as an Assistant Dean of Academic Policy at Rutgers, coordinated advising programs, designed and implemented college transition programs, and supervised educational opportunity programs for first generation college students. Greg has taught extensively at the undergraduate and graduate levels in both Education and Sociology, and also at the high school level. He is the co-author of a forthcoming book - Peer to Peer Leadership: Transforming Student Culture (Kendall-Hunt, 2013). He lives in Wyoming, Ohio with his wife Sharon and daughter Lauren, and enjoys basketball, playing guitar, and listening to a wide array of music.

Pamela F. Person was named the first permanent director of the University of Cincinnati’s Office of Nationally Competitive Awards in January, 2012. She previously served for 10 years as UC’s inaugural director for the Center for First-year Experience and Learning Communities. During her tenure the programs under her leadership emerged from fledgling, pilot initiatives to become large-scale, integral components of the UC undergraduate experience. Pam was a key contributor to the development of UC’s signature approach to undergraduate education which encourages a comprehensive curriculum design connecting FYE with mid-collegiate and graduation capstone experiences. She is a recipient of the Outstanding First-year Student Advocate Award, presented by the National Resource Center for The First-year Experience and Students in Transition and Cengage, recognizing her for the impact of her efforts upon UC’s culture and the success of our students. Prior to her work at UC Pam held the directorship of the Career Center at The University of Alabama at Birmingham as well as leadership positions at Southeast Missouri State University, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Virginia Tech, and Radford University. Pam is an active contributor to applied research and scholarly practice in the field of higher education, particularly curriculum development and student transitions and success. She has authored articles on the University of Cincinnati’s first-year experience program that have been published in various conference proceedings, monographs, journals, and newsletters and has served internationally as a consultant to colleges and universities.

What is a live webinar?

A live webinar is an interactive online training. Participants can communicate with the presenter(s) during the event via a live chat feature.

What is an on-demand webinar and how do I get access?

An on-demand training is a previously recorded webinar available online for faculty and staff to access anytime, anywhere. You can register for on-demand trainings at any time. You typically receive a link to the recording and handouts within 24 hours of registration.

How long are the webinars?

Webinars can be 30, 45, 60, 90 or 120 minutes. Please check the webinar page for the exact timeframe.

How do I register?

You can register online by adding the product to your shopping cart. You can also register by fax, email (, or mail by completing the paper-based registration form. The paper-based registration form is unique to each webinar and is available on each product page.

How do I request accommodations?

For captioning, please contact us 7 days in advance. 303.955.0415 or

When do I register?

You can register at any time, even the morning of the live event. If the live event has occurred, you can purchase the on-demand training (recording) of the session. You can register for on-demand trainings at any time.

What is the process for attending a live event?

The process is as follows:

  • We email participants login instructions approximately 1 week prior to the live event.
  • We email participants a link to the PowerPoint (.pdf) and any additional handouts approximately 1-2 days prior to the live event. Participants can make copies for attendees if desired.
  • We give a courtesy reminder call the day before the live event.
  • On the day of the live event, participants can login 30 minutes prior to the start time. Once logged in, participants can see the PowerPoint slides, ask questions, and make comments via the chat feature.
  • We email participants a link to the recording the Monday following the live event.
Is there a recording available? And how long is the recording good for?

Approximately one week after the conclusion of the live webinar, participants will receive a link to the recording which can be forwarded to all faculty and staff for viewing anytime, anywhere. The recording is a campus access license and is available for one year from the date of the live event.

What are the technical requirements?

Innovative Educators uses WebEx as its web conferencing provider. If you have not previously attended a WebEx event, please Join a Test Meeting to make sure your computer is compatible with WebEx. Be sure to complete this test prior to the live event. System Requirements - Webex System Requirements

What equipment is required?

For individual or small group viewing, a computer with a reliable Internet connection and audio capabilities are all that’s needed. For large group presentations, we recommend a computer with a reliable Internet connection and speakers, as well as an LCD projector. Participants can call in via phone if they are having trouble retrieving the audio over the computer. Please be sure to reserve a meeting room prior to the live event that can accommodate these requirements as well as your attendees. You should reserve the room 30 minutes prior to the webinar start time and you may want to allow at least 15-30 minutes after the webinar for discussion.

How much does a live webinar or on-demand training cost?

1 Training (Live Webinar or On-Demand Training) - $425 Unlimited connections, campus-wide access license to the recording for one year.

Package Pricing

  • 2 Trainings - $645 Unlimited connections, recording for one year (campus-wide access)
  • 3 Trainings - $900 Unlimited connections, recording for one year (campus-wide access)
  • 6 Trainings - $1500 Unlimited connections, recording for one year (campus-wide access)
What type of payment do you accept?

You may pay with a credit card (MasterCard or Visa), PO, check, or electronic transfer of funds. You can email us (, call 303-955-0415 or fax 1.866.508.0860.

Where do I send payment?

Please mail checks and POs to our mailing address:
Innovative Educators
3277 Carbon Place
Boulder, CO 80301

What is your cancellation policy?

Below is a breakdown of our cancellation policy.

  • 30 days prior: Full refund
  • 14 days prior: $100 processing fee
  • Fewer than 14 days: Credit toward another IE event. Please note that registration for the live webinar includes access to the recording which you can share, as it is a campus access license. We email the recording the Monday following the live event. For questions, please email us or call 303.955.0415.
What are the benefits of online training?

Cost-Effective: No travel required. Online Training is an innovative way to provide your entire faculty and staff with a variety of professional development opportunities for one low price! The more you train the more you save, as the registration fee is per institution, not per person.

Easy: You will receive a detailed list of instructions via email. If you run into any problems, we're always here to help.

Practical: Our training sessions focus on the most critical and relevant issues facing educators today. Our primary goal is to provide participants with the information, training, and skills necessary to immediately implement positive change at their institutions.

Top-Notch Presenters: Our presenters are subject matter experts and recognized in their field.

Value Added: When you purchase an online training, you also receive a campus-wide access license to the recording for one year. Faculty and staff can access it as often as they like from any location.

Satisfaction Guaranteed: Our online training is 100% guaranteed. If you are not satisfied, we will give you a credit for a future webinar or on-demand training of your choice (of equal or lesser value).

How can we use these trainings?

Flexible Training:

  • Live: Promote and attend a live webinar and debrief immediately following.
  • Hybrid: Distribute the recording to all faculty and staff at the beginning of each month and plan a discussion session at the end of the month to determine how you will implement the strategies presented.
  • On-Demand: Distribute the recording to faculty and staff so they can watch anytime, anywhere.

In-Service Training: Plan an in-service around a live webinar or schedule a day and time to show the recording in a lecture hall or large conference room and invite faculty and staff to brainstorm and discuss implications for your institution.

Online Faculty and Staff Learning Communities: Distribute the recording to faculty and staff so they can watch anytime, anywhere.

Staff Recognition: Develop a program around the webinar with monthly themes and recognize the staff members that implement the best idea related to the theme.

Team-Building: Utilize these trainings to develop cross-functional and cross-discipline teams to foster collegiality.

New Employee Training: Include the online training as part of your new employee training program to ensure consistency.

Implementation and Follow-Up: Use the guide and evaluation materials provided by Innovative Educators to plan, implement, and track your progress.