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Winter 2020


This paper discusses engagement tools for cultivating students’ collaborative experiences and accessing faculty through an effective online learning environment. One of the primary goals of the First Year Seminar (FYS) courses for the business discipline is student retention. Students in their first year must overcome many obstacles to succeed academically, and faculty at LaGuardia Community College (LAGCC) need to be able to address these needs so that they can graduate on time. Thus, the Business and Technology (BAT) Department at LAGCC provides the opportunity to use collaborative online tools such as Connect To Completion (C2C) and ePortfolio simultaneously to meet these needs while helping them understand the importance of timely graduation. Faculty in the FYS courses use the virtual advising tool C2C to communicate with their students about various needs, while the ePortfolio serves as a tool that influences student learning.


Original publication:

Abdelhalim, Ahmed, Javier Serna, and Sada Jaman. "Making Connection With Students in the First Year Seminar." AAEEBL ePortfolio Review, vol 3, no. 2, Winter 2020, pp. 27-31,



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