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Abstract Title: What Do Students Want? Small Group Instructional Diagnoses of STEM Faculty
Abstract: Small Group Instructional Diagnoses (SGIDs) are informal, mid-semester evaluations of courses, which the instructors request voluntarily. The facilitator of the SGID comes into a class while the instructor leaves and spends about 30 minutes with the students.

The first part of the SGID is done in small groups of students. The facilitator asks students to consider two questions, "What are the strengths of this course?" and "What suggestions do you have to improve the course?" After students work in groups for 10 minutes to compose lists of strengths and suggestions, the facilitator calls the class back together as a whole, records the most important strengths and suggestions, and has the class vote on them. These results are then shared privately with the instructor of the course.

Student comments from 45 courses taught by 27 STEM instructors have been collected and analyzed and will be presented. These have implications for instruction.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Jennifer Blue
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056
Phone: 513-529-1380
and Co-Presenter(s)
Gregg Wentzell, Miami University
Matthew Evins, Miami University

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