Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Lecture/laboratory instructor pairings are typically of little significance at many colleges and universities when scheduling courses. Research focused universities usually utilize faculty and/or graduate students to teach lecture courses, while laboratory courses are typically led by graduate students. Teaching focused universities utilize faculty to teach lecture and laboratory courses, but usually give little regard to whether or not the same instructor teaches both courses during the same semester. This can lead to students being subjected to several scenarios that can have a detrimental effect on learning; including, but not limited to, lecture and laboratory instructors that: utilize different terminology than their counterparts; provide inconsistent emphasis on topics between the lecture and the laboratory sections; and present topics in an order that are not consistent between the lecture and the laboratory. University “X” is no different when it comes to the assignment of its lecture and laboratory instructors, as students will often have different instructors in their lecture and laboratory. The purpose of this study is to examine the impact of lecture/laboratory instructor pairings on learning outcomes and student perception directly and indirectly. Direct assessment data were collected over a span of three years (2015-2017) and consist of student performance on a quiz on material properties from information presented in both the lecture and the laboratory courses. This quiz is significant in that terminology and presentation of material can vary greatly from instructor-to-instructor. Indirect assessment consists of the administration of a survey to gather students’ perception of the lecture/laboratory instructor pairings. Preliminary results show that both learning outcomes and student perception are influenced by lecture/laboratory instructor pairings.
Ghanat, S. T., & Grayson, J. M., & Bubacz, M., & Skenes, K. (2018, June), Assessing the Influence of Lecture/Laboratory Instructor Pairings on Student Perception and Learning Outcomes Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/29830
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