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Tuesday, March 2 • 3:10pm - 3:25pm
Talk Session 4: What advice do students give for high structure course success?

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High structure courses are designed to have students be active participants in the learning process with pre-class content acquisition through reading or videos, in-class practice with active learning exercises, and after-class review assignments. While faculty may suggest certain strategies for success in high structure courses, it is unknown what study methods and general strategies students perceive as most helpful and therefore what kinds of advice they would give future students. The goal of the study was therefore to survey students from various high structure biological sciences and engineering courses about advice they would give to future students of the same course. Students ranging from freshman to seniors (n = 840) in eight different STEM courses from two different universities gave advice to future students by writing advice on a notecard on the last day of class. The advice comments were coded using an iterative qualitative methodology and five large categories and 18 total sub-categories were identified as types of advice that students gave. The most common types of advice, in order of prevalence, were general study tips, course expectations, and not procrastinating. Differences were observed in frequencies of types of advice between universities and course types. This student advice can now be built into these and other similar courses to provide suggestions for how students can succeed.

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Justin Shaffer

Teaching Associate Professor, Colorado School of Mines


Tuesday March 2, 2021 3:10pm - 3:25pm CST
Zoom