Thursday, April 3, 2014

Webinar: Supplemental Instruction: Improving Student Engagement, Performance And Course Completion

Tuesday, April 8, 3:00-4:30 (EST)
online webinar

Engaging students in active learning programs outside of the classroom is a proven strategy for increasing learning. Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic assistance program that utilizes peer-led team learning in study sessions. This method provides students with the opportunity to review course concepts and develop effective learning strategies. Data from institutions around the country, and in several other countries, show that SI is effective in improving student grades in historically difficult courses. Data also shows its success in increasing the number of students who complete the course with a grade of C or higher.

This webinar will present the salient features of Supplemental Instruction (SI), the cognitive science principles upon which the program is built, the steps necessary for setting up an SI program, and the materials available from the International SI Office.

Key Concepts
- Describe Supplemental Instruction (SI) and explain why it is effective
- Compare and contrast tutoring with SI sessions
- Implement a successful SI program
- Recruit faculty and SI leaders to participate in the program
- Discuss ways to sell the program to administrators
- Anticipate and address challenges associated with implementing SI (such as maintaining good attendance and acquiring sustained funding for the program)
- Recommend appropriate courses to include in an SI program

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