EDUC 250: Labyrinth Seminar
Fall 2017
Section 003
Wednesday 5:30- 6:30 Stouffer 110
Instructor Information:
Dr. Joann Migyanka
220 Davis Hall 357-5679
Office hours:
Tuesday 11:00-1:00
Wednesday 2:00-3:00
Wednesday 11:00-100
Ms. Lisa (Le) Crouch Monday 9:00-11:00
110 Stouffer Hall Tuesday 8:00-3:30 357-3767 Wednesday 8:30-12:45
Thursday 2:15-4:45
Friday 12:00-4:00*
*By appointment only

Mr. Daniel Gennaro Monday 8:00-12:45
110 Stouffer Hall Tuesday 8:00-3:30 357-3767 Wednesday 8:30-12:45
Thursday 2:15-4:45
Friday 12:00-4:00*
*By appointment only

Catalog Description:
Focuses on the communication, executive functioning, and inter and intrapersonal demands of college life. Designed to build the necessary skills to navigate both the social and academic environment to succeed in the college experience. This seminar will include both teacher and student directed topics.
Student Learning Outcomes:
After completing this course the student will:
demonstrate self-advocacy skills related to coursework, advising, and future goal setting.
effectively plan for semester assignments and projects to minimize stress and maximize time-management skills.
Identify their own learning styles and study habits resulting in effective monitoring of their own academic progress.
exhibit improved written and personal communication skills.
Identify available extracurricular opportunities and explore their own areas of interest demonstrating self-determination and sound decision-making.
recognize the symptoms of stress and demonstrate effective coping-mechanisms.
exhibit sound decision-making related to issues of personal safety.

Required Text: Course materials will be provided by the instructors
Course Outline:
Week Topic
1 Group introductions and overview of course. Syllabi, alarm clocks and weekend 1.

2 Communication: Self-advocacy related to new courses/faculty for Fall semester
Student directed discussion topics

3 Managing time and assignments and setting goals
Student directed discussion topics

4 Exploration of individual learning styles and study habits
Student directed discussion topics

5 Stress management and organization: Recognizing the symptoms, coping strategies, preparation for midterms
Student directed discussion topics

6 Campus social life, decision-making and personal safety
Student directed discussion topics

7 Social Communication: Active communication, social pragmatics
Student directed discussion topics

8 Monitoring academic progress (mid-term grades) and self-assess study approaches
Student directed discussion topics

9 Self-advocacy related to advising, setting future goals, finding balance
Student directed discussion topics

10 Communication in written form: personal communications, written assignments
Student directed discussion topics

11 Update on self-determination
Student directed discussion topics

12 Looking to spring semester and potential work experiences
Student directed discussion topics

13 Fall Break

14 Stress and time management: study skills, coping with pressure
Student directed discussion topics

15 Reflection and social event
Student directed discussion topics

Course Assignments:
In-class activities: Students will attend the class session and will participate in topic related activities each week.
Weekly Individual Coaching Session: Students will meet and actively participate in an hourly session each week
Structured Study Hours: Students will accumulate a minimum of thirty (that equals out to 2hr/week) supervised structured study hours
Reflection Paper: Students will write an end of the semester reflection paper summarizing their Labyrinth experience.
Evaluation Method:
In-class activities 15 pts each (14) 210 points 40%
Weekly Coaching Sessions 15 pts each (14) 210 points 40%
Study Hours (2 hours per week) 5 pts per week (14) 70 points 10%
Reflection Paper 30 points 10%
520 points
Grading Scale
A 100-90%
B 89-80%
C 79%-70%
D 69-66%
F 65% and below

Title IX
Indiana University of Pennsylvania and its faculty are committed to assuring a safe and productive educational environment for all students. In order to meet this commitment and to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and guidance from the Office for Civil Rights, the University requires faculty members to report incidents of sexual violence shared by students to the University's Title IX Coordinator. The only exceptions to the faculty member's reporting obligation are when incidents of sexual violence are communicated by a student during a classroom discussion, in a writing assignment for a class, or as part of a University-approved research project.
Faculty members are obligated to report sexual violence or any other abuse of a student who was, or is, a child (a person under 18 years of age) when the abuse allegedly occurred to the Department of Human Services (1-800-932-0313) and University Police (724-357-2141).
Information regarding the reporting of sexual violence and the resources that are available to victims of sexual violence is set forth at:
The instructors listed on this syllabus are the “instructors of record”. Only these instructors of record can properly grade coursework and issue midterm and final grades.
The timeline of this course may need to be adjusted for severe weather events or other unforeseen circumstances.