GIFTS Guidelines

The Great Ideas for Teaching, and Talking with, Students (GIFTS) papers are for authors wanting to share their best practice for teaching, advising and developing first year engineering talent.  Whether you are a long-time master teacher, a first-year educator, a program administrator, advisor, or someone in between, offer your great ideas to the researchers, educators and curriculum designers participating in the conference.

All authors on a paper will be expected to participate in the review process. You do not need to be a member of ASEE to attend FYEE or submit a proposal or abstract. However, you do need to create an account by setting up your ASEE profile here.

Content – Suggestions not Requirements

Great Ideas for Teaching, and Talking with, Students are class-tested activities, assignments, projects, games, simulations, assessment techniques, professional develop activities, advising methods that address a specific communication theory, concept, skill, or learning objective. The conference organizers encourage submissions from across the first year experience that reflect creative pedagogical ideas about teaching and advising  first year students in traditional classroom settings, teaching and advising outside of the classroom (e.g., in cross-curricular initiatives, consulting venues, community engagement initiatives, and engaged scholarship projects), teaching and advising first year students within non-traditional academic environments, or supporting students decision making and professional development.

Papers could share information about how a faculty member or group of faculty members are developing and/or implementing new practices explicitly based on research on engineering education and/or education. The paper should demonstrate transfer from research to practice. The work does not have to be completed but should be at a phase where meaningful information can be presented.