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Writer: Devan Barker
If RateMyProfessor and end of semester course evaluations sometimes seem less than helpful in providing usable insight for polishing your instruction, you need to know about the SCOTs program. Student Consult on Teaching (SCOT) is a pilot program at BYU-Idaho designed to give instructors useful and actionable data about their instruction during the course of the semester.
The following three-minute video shows some BYU-Idaho faculty talking about their experience with the SCOT program.
Students who have been specially trained use multiple methods to do one of two things. They attend and observe a classroom session, collecting data on the classroom experience from a student's perspective, or they facilitate focus groups and interviews to elicit data from the students registered in the course. These students are not professionals sent to critique or evaluate the instruction; rather, they simply collect data and observations from the unique vantage point of the students' experience.
Among the many methods that SCOTs use to support faculty, the following are some of the most popular:
IN-CLASS DATA COLLECTION:
STUDENT FOCUS GROUPS:
The greatest benefit of this program is that it is tailored to each individual instructor. To explore the program further or to request a SCOT, simply click on this link or contact Devan Barker at firstname.lastname@example.org.