Supplemental Instruction in a First-Year Engineering Course: A study from the Learning with Academic Partners (LEAP) Program

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Conference Proceeding

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Department of Engineering Fundamentals


This innovative practice full paper reviews the formation and effects of the LEarning with Academic Partners (LEAP) program at Michigan Technological University in the first two years of operation. The LEAP Program combines the job requirements of a traditional Teaching Assistant (TA) with those of a Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader. While each program has their benefits, to date, no one has evaluated the effects of a combined program such as the one established at Michigan Tech. To determine these effects, we focused our analysis on measuring course performance and student attitudes of student groups in a second semester first-year engineering course, ENG1102 - Engineering Modeling and Design: Spring 2017 (no LEAP), Spring 2017 (no LEAP/pilot LEAP with optional attendance), and 2018 (LEAP with mandatory attendance).

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Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE