Frequently Asked Questions By Faculty
Copyrights by the Curators of the University of Missouri
Instruction (SI) is a peer-facilitated learning enhancement model designed to
impact the way students learn difficult content in a specific course.
SI is attached to course sections to provide
students with a systematic and structured approach for processing the course
material assigned by the instructor.
this program, an SI Leader is assigned to a course section. The Leader is a student who has demonstrated
proficiency in a targeted course and undergoes extensive SI training to plan effective SI sessions. The SI Leader
attends the class to keep up with the course content, and models effective
student practices and attitudes. The SI
Leader schedules and conducts three group meetings a week at times
convenient to members of the class.
During these sessions, the SI Leader engages students using interactive
learning strategies, which encourage involvement, comprehension, and synthesis
of subject content. As appropriate, the
SI Leader will incorporate demonstrations of effective learning strategies.
targets historically difficult courses.
In other words, this course contains content that students consider to
SI is designed to
support faculty teaching and is assigned to a course because of
is being taught,
because of the manner in which it is
being taught or by
it is being
is not intended to create additional work for faculty.
You can support SI by granting time for
occasional in-class announcements and by encouraging students to take advantage
SI is for ALL students.
should avoid the notion that only those students who do poorly will benefit.
we will be in contact with you about the following aspects of the program:
us in selecting and approving candidates for SI Leaders for your course;
us by providing information for SI program evaluation: a copy of the official
FERPA allows institutions to collect this data; students’ rights to privacy
regarding this information will be fully protected.
SI Leader will:
all class sessions
a professional attitude about matters such as class standards, grades, and
students from attending SI as a substitute for class
SI materials with the cooperating faculty member before use, if possible
feedback to the cooperating faculty member if requested to do so
SI Leader will NOT:
faculty addressed e-mails
assignments and exams
students from going to class
the class in the instructor’s absence
Leaders will be selected only with the approval of the cooperating faculty
The SI Supervisor will:
all SI Leaders according to established guidelines and standards
the activities and presentations of SI Leaders for as long as necessary by
occasionally attending class with them, helping plan sessions, and supervising
supplies, training, in-service experiences, and consultations for SI Leaders
- Meet with SI Leaders individually every two weeks to discuss their performance and experience