Supplemental Instruction: Improving Student Engagement, Performance & Course Completion
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.
- 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
- 2-year institutions & 4-year institutions
- Academic Affairs/Instruction
- Student Services/Affairs
- Faculty (full and part-time)
- Accreditation Officers
- Directors of Assessment
- Developmental Educators
"Students who attend four or more SI sessions over the course of the semester consistently average about one-half letter grade higher than those who have not attended. Additionally, the course completion rate of the students who attend SI, is significantly higher than those who do not. SI is an excellent way to improve students performance in historically difficult courses."
Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire is Professor of Chemistry and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Learning, Teaching and Retention at Louisiana State University. She is the former director of LSU’s Center for Academic Success, the winner of the 2004 National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA) Frank L. Christ Outstanding Learning Center Award. She served as a mentor at the 2011 and 2007 NCLCA Summer Institutes and at the 2006 Winter Institute. Most recently, in 2010, she was awarded Level 4 Lifetime Learning Center Leadership Certification.
Dr. McGuire was named a 2011 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and in 2010 she was named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society. She received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring in a 2006 White House Oval Office Ceremony.
Dr. McGuire has been teaching chemistry and working in the area of learning support for the past 40 years and has presented her widely praised workshop, “Teaching Students How to Learn”, at over 100 colleges and universities.
Dr. Marion Stone has been the Director of Academic Support and Mentoring and the Executive Director of the International Center for Supplemental Instruction (SI) at the University of Missouri-Kansas City since October 2011. Trained as a counseling psychologist, Dr. Stone has worked in the area of academic support for over 15 years. In her previous role as Associate Director of the Center she supervised Supplemental Instruction (SI) and Video Supplemental Instruction (VSI), along with several other academic support programs. As a certified SI trainer, she conducts SI training workshops and leadership exchanges across the country and in Canada, and also helps coordinate the SI International Conference, held every other year.
SI Publications edited by Dr. Stone include the third edition of Supplemental Instruction: Improving first-year student success in high-risk courses (2008) and Supplemental Instruction: New visions for empowering student learning (2006). She has also presented on SI at numerous national conferences. In addition, Dr. Stone serves as an Adjunct Instructor for the UMKC School of Education.
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