For our students, the first day is extremely critical. For first-generation students especially, it could mean the difference between them coming back on day two or leaving the campus forever. Consider this mantra for day #1: People Before Paper! Establish a human connection before plopping down your tome (AKA: syllabus).
Check out the May 1, 2015 NISOD Innovation Abstracts for a great list of things to consider for the first day of class!
Don't know the login/password...email Page Wolf and she will send it to you!