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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Students Consulting on Teaching Program

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/cetl/programs/SCOT.html/

The Students Consulting On Teaching (SCOT) program is dedicated to quality education at Minnesota State Mankato and to providing faculty members with information that helps them have a better sense of what is happening in their classrooms. The program is available to both new and veteran teachers during weeks 4-12 each fall and spring semester. Student consultants respond to professors' invitations to gather data on classroom activities and provide them confidential observation reflections.

The SCOTs are carefully selected and trained Minnesota State Mankato students who are interested in the teaching and learning process. They can serve as excellent resources to faculty members, providing valuable insights to supplement student evaluations and peer reviews. Students are paid for their work.

This program aids instructors by:

Student consultants provide objective perspectives about what is happening in a course because they are not working for a grade.

Student consultants can offer a helpful perspective because they have experienced wide range of college teaching situations and styles.

The SCOT program is a helpful introduction to the further resources available at CETL.

Please register online during weeks 1-10 of Fall or Spring semester for this program.

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The SCOT process includes:

    One-on-One Meeting: The student consultant meets with you to discuss your classroom, the students, and the information you seek. Together, you develop a custom questionnaire for your students pertaining to what helps and what hinders their learning. The questionnaire also asks students for suggestions on how the teaching could be modified for better learning outcomes. The date and time of the observation is confirmed - this should not be a test situation.

    Observation: The SCOT observes the class interactions looking for the specific data that you seek. They note teaching methodolgy changes and student reactions. If requested, they draw a map of classroom interaction for that date.

    Focus Group: You leave the classroom for the last fifteen minutes of class while the SCOT conducts a confidential focus group. Students complete the custom written questionnaire. Then, the SCOT facilitates an open discussion concerning the information you seek.

    Written Report: The SCOT synthesizes the data from both the open discussion and the individual questionnaires. If requeted, they include a map of the classroom interaction.

    One-on-One Debrief: The SCOT meets with you to present their findings in written format. This is a time to discuss any classroom modifications from a student point of view.

     

Please register online during weeks 1-10 of Fall or Spring semester for this program.