Frequently Asked Faculty Questions About SI
What extra work is required of faculty who participate in the SI Program?
The Instructors who participated in the SI Program have reported that there is a reduction in workload due to the assistance of the SI Coach. Program requirements include, but are not limited to, regular communication with the assigned SI Coach and providing a census roster and a final grade roster to the SI Coordinator(s). The SI Coordinator will format the supplied data into a final report.
Will the SI Coach follow my lesson plan and respect my teaching methods?
Yes! One of the main reasons SI Coaches attend classes is to become familiar with exactly what, how, and when faculty cover course content. This is one of the major benefits of SI. The additional instruction students receive will be consistent with what is covered during normal class hours.
Can I ask the SI Coach to grade my papers?
No. The purpose of SI Coaches is to provide additional support to students outside of class. SI Coaches do not grade homework or exams.
Can I direct my SI Coach to cover specific topics in the SI sessions?
Yes! For example, one semester, after grading homework on probability, one math instructor found that her class in general had problems with the multiplication rule. She immediately shared this with her SI Coach, who was then able to give extra attention to the topic during the following SI session.
Can I give the students extra credit for attending SI?
No. Firstly, student participation is voluntary. Students should realize the benefits
of attending SI on their own. Second, SI sessions are scheduled to accommodate as
many students as possible. However, there may be instances where students are unable
to attend SI sessions due to scheduling conflicts. Because of this, no extra credit
can be given.
Note: experience has shown that the students who cannot attend SI sessions will make an effort to contact their peers who do attend the sessions in order to find out what information was covered.
What if I realize several weeks into the semester that I no longer want to participate in the SI Program? Can I opt out at that time if I feel that SI is not benefiting my students?
No. Please give SI a chance. SI has been in existence for over 4 decades and has proven
to be a successful program for achieving positive student outcomes. If concerns about
the SI Program or Coach arise during the semester, please contact SI Coordinator(s)
Syria Purdom at email@example.com and/0r Denise Blood at firstname.lastname@example.org to additional support.