Academic Support Center, McCutchan Hall
Information for Instructors Requesting S.I.
Making a Request
An instructor offering a large-section of a freshman or sophomore level course with a traditional high percentage of D/F grades can request S.I. by contacting Campus Tutorial Services ideally in the middle of the semester that precedes the semester when S.I. would be provided.
However, the S.I. model has been successfully applied and offered for a variety of other courses, including upper level classes with smaller enrollments, so all requests are considered.
Requests (or questions) can be submitted via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org; if you do not receive a reply within a few days, call 472-1230.
Following Approval of Request
Once a request is approved, the instructor will be asked to assist in finding a student who has already successfully completed the course with at least a B grade to serve as an S.I. leader. This student must be available to attend all the classes and hold 2-3 weekly, one-hour long S.I. sessions. At these S.I. sessions, the group leader facilitates cooperative, interactive learning, with the emphasis on active comprehension and retention strategies, not just "repeating the lecture." If the instructor does not have a specific applicant in mind, then internal candidates (i.e., currently-employed tutors) will be contacted, followed by a general posting on HawkJobs. If an S.I. leader cannot be found, hired, and trained in a timely manner, the S.I. assignment may delayed or may not happen for the requested semester.
Across the board, students who regularly utilize S.I. (3 or more visits in a semester) earn roughly a half a letter grade higher than their peers in the same class, so it is an effective model PROVIDED students actually attend the S.I. sessions. The more you can do to advocate and vocally support both the sessions and the S.I. group leader during your class, the better attended the sessions will be.
Finally, while the level of instructor involvement with the S.I. group leader varies, it is important to at least maintain open lines of communication and conference when deemed necessary. S.I. leaders welcome instructor involvement and feedback in the designing of the weekly sessions. The S.I. leader will email Lesson Plans and Artifacts on Sundays preceding the weekly sessions to the instructor for review and feedback, and the reflective write-ups following said sessions are emailed by Campus Tutorial Services Office Staff to the instructors on a weekly basis. Campus Tutorial Services is always available to assist in all aspects of this process.
For additional information on the training process, job descriptions, and contracts for S.I. Group Leaders, please click on "Job Information and Applications" and "Tutor Training Process" found to the left. A good summary of Supplemental Instruction can be found at http://www.ed.gov/pubs/EPTW/eptw14/eptw14d.html. More detailed information can be found at http://www.umkc.edu/cad/si/.
Special Note Regarding Supplemental Instruction Leaders in the Classroom
Supplemental Instruction leaders will serve as paid note takers during the class sessions they sit in on, but if at any point you’d like to use them as in-class tutors, please do so; past data show that when tutors are utilized by the instructors in the classroom, the students are far more receptive to working with those tutors outside of class. However, please understand that tutors, including S.I. leaders, are student workers, not teaching assistants, and cannot be responsible for classroom management and instruction, as that lies with the instructional staff. Nor can they provide collegiate coverage for instructor absence.