2013 Innovation of the Year Project Detail.
Gateway Community and Technical College
Anatomy & Physiology Open-Lab Tutoring - Collaborative Learning in Action
Diane Fritz and RuthAnne Kolumba
Learning and Teaching
While peer-tutoring is not a new concept, the approach as to where and how this service is delivered highlights our project. Our new academic support design is an innovation of a traditional approach to tutoring. A&P instructors urged their students to visit the lab before/after class to review course concepts and promote group discussion. Engaging students’ participation in open-lab was a challenge because they did not realize the importance of consistent group study for an application course. By strategically placing the peer-tutors exactly where the instructors would like the students to be, this new model encouraged collaboration of students with the peer-tutors and with their course peers. After three semesters of implementing the open-lab peer educator model, promising results supported the new model, without sacrificing rigor. The results indicated a positive correlation between the number of hours spent in the tutor sessions and a passing course grade.
How this project is being recognized:
project recognition at a collegewide symposium with project collaborator tiles, certificates, and professional development awards, to be used the following academic year
|The criteria this project has met