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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

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Innovation Type:
Learning and Teaching

Description:
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
Quality Efficiency Cost Effectiveness
Creativity Timeliness Replication
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