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Student Success - New Faculty Orientation


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Dr. Tom O’Brien – Student Success
University of Southern Mississippi

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Student Success - New Faculty Orientation

  1. 1. It’s 12 Weeks into the Semester. Do You Know Where Your Students Are?
  2. 2. Ways to Gain Feedback on Your Teaching and How Your Students are Learning Before the Semester Ends. Tom O’Brien Educational Studies and Research
  3. 3. Rhythm of the Semester • What is your perspective for your course(s) on Day 1? • Week 1? • Week 4? • Midterm? • Final two weeks of semester?
  4. 4. Rhythm of the Semester • What do you think you students’ perspectives are? • Week 1? • Week 4? • Midterm? • Final two weeks of semester?
  5. 5. Are they synchronized with you?
  6. 6. Are you synchronized with them?
  7. 7. Traditional Feedback from Students • comes after the course ends • used in the annual review process • plays into the pre-tenure and tenure review evaluations
  8. 8. Problems with This Feedback • Comes to late to make any changes or adjustments to course or instruction • Does not uncover potential student misunderstanding of material or learning problems • Does not address student frustration in a timely manner • It is high stakes…summative … permanent. It plays into decisions about your livelihood.
  9. 9. Too Little, too Late (But High Stakes)
  10. 10. Possible Solutions
  11. 11. • Get feedback (verbal and/or written) on syllabus on day 2 and day 3 of class meeting • Establish an email policy (For example: I will return emails in 48 hours. Replies will be short and quick. If a major explanation is required, invite the student to make appointment or come to office hours. Take time in class to explain your email policy.
  12. 12. • Highlight your office hours and encourage students visit you. • Be available for office hours. • Know their names. • Call them by their names in class.
  13. 13. While teaching give short “previews” & “reviews” that link to current lesson.
  14. 14. PRE & REV (not my best slide)
  15. 15. Try to spend part of every class: in the students’ heads rather than your own.
  16. 16. Try using “exit slips” at the end of each class, or once a week (or once every two weeks). 3x5 “ 
  17. 17. Do a midterm evaluation of instruction
  18. 18. • Refer to syllabus regularly. • If adjustments are needed (due to time, assignments etc.) explain them in class and have students edit the syllabus… • Or provide students with another e-copy of updated syllabus.
  19. 19. When appropriate MIX IT UP.
  20. 20. When a problem arises, ask a colleague for help
  21. 21. Discussion Questions? Good luck!