I have taught a similar study skills course in a group format and in an
independent study format which would be similar to what you all were doing.
There is no question that the individualized was far superior to the group.
We were able to focus on their specific courses and teach/address the topics
as it fit in their current classes.  Also, the relationship we established
was an important connection for the students.  While I have not conducted a
formal long term evaluation of the course, the semester evaluations were
always extremely high.  Leann Garrison

On Jan 29, 2008 4:05 PM, Mayfield, Linda <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Travis,
> Following a grant-funded research project with "intrusive"
> intervention--which we now call "pro-active" intervention, we have done
> very similar things to what your are proposing to do at Aurora.  I teach
> the course, and I do the required independent studies for students on
> probation. We have added elements incrementally, but on a small scale,
> since we are such a small school. I'm a doctoral student, and my spring
> research project for an ed research class is seeing if there are any
> correlations between the components in the remediation plan for the
> probation students and their subsequent success on high-risk
> standardized tests.
> Last spring, for another course-related research project, I did a study
> to see if I could demonstrate a correlation between students being
> taught about learning styles in their freshman success skills course and
> their subsequent use of that knowledge. My hypothesis was that they
> would recall and use it less and less as they went through the program,
> but that was not the case: no student at any level who had taken the
> course as a freshman chose lower than 3 on a 0-5 Likert scale indicating
> recollection and intentional application; and the most frequent response
> on the scale was 5. I had planned to also look for correlations between
> intentional application of learning style with grades, but I couldn't do
> that, since every single student who had taken the course and was
> successful enough to still be in the progam said they recalled and used
> the course at least at level 3. I'm working on getting the study ready
> to submit for publication.
> We are only a few hours' drive apart in Illinois--I would welcome the
> opportunity to work with you further on your project.  Please feel free
> to contact me directly.
> Linda Riggs Mayfield
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Travis Ramage
>  Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 10:18 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Indep. Study for Probation Students
> Dear All,
> At Aurora University, we are exploring the idea of offering an
> Independent Study for probationary students during spring semester
> beginning Spring 2009.  We currently do not have any intervention in
> place for students who find themselves on probation.  We only have a
> program for conditionally admitted students in the fall, *STAR
> *(*S*trategies *T*argeted for *A*cademic* R*ewards), which involves a
> special multi-day summer orientation for these students and beginning
> this fall, I will be adding a mandatory, 1 credit First Year Seminar to
> program that will meet once week for the entire semester.  The course
> will be structured around OnCourse.  I plan on attending OnCourse
> Workshop II this August.
> Here is some background...
> At my previous institution, University of Wisconsin-Barron County, I
> offered a study skills course during the first five weeks of spring
> semester that all students on probation were "required" to take.  While
> we "required" the course, not everyone took it given time conflicts
> and/or their choice not to take the course for whatever reason.  The
> course was offered as one (1) non-degree credit.  There were also
> students in the course who were conditionally admitted the previous
> semester and had already taken a First Year Seminar (offered for two (2)
> degree credits) with me the previous semester as a condition of their
> admittance, which had similar content to the study skills course in
> spring.  Basically, both courses used OnCourse and covered basic study
> strategies, with the five week course being a little more intrusive.
> To reduce the redundancy of potentially having students take two courses
> with similar content, we are exploring the idea of having students
> complete an Independent Study with me during spring semester, where they
> would earn one (1) degree credit for a letter grade.  I am going to
> pilot some of my ideas with the *STAR *students this semester.  As I
> begin to think about developing this Independent Study format for spring
> 2009, I wanted to poll the list to see if any other institutions are
> doing something similar with their probationary students.
> As my supervisor and I were discussing this independent study idea
> yesterday, we were thinking the format would be a more intrusive
> advising approach, students would receive more individualized attention,
> and they hopefully would not see themselves as negatively if they were
> meeting with me one-on-one rather than in a classroom of their peers,
> especially if they are a STAR student and already had a class with me
> the previous fall.  I would be able to work with the student to
> customize a academic action plan that would work for them and they would
> schedule regular individual appointments with me to follow-up on their
> plan.
> So...I would appreciate any comments, feedback, or suggestions you may
> have on developing an Independent Study course for Probation students.
> Thank you in advance for your assistance.
> --
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