FALL 2013 PRECEPTOR TRAINING COURSE REGISTRATION BEGINS MONDAY 8/27/13
MONDAY- THURSDAY 10am-3pm
KUIPER SPACE SCIENCES 351
PRECEPTOR TRAINING COURSES BEGIN MONDAY 9/16/13
The Preceptor Training Program was established in 1999, and is one of the oldest preceptor programs at the University of Arizona. It is distinguished from other preceptor programs across campus because, while situated in the College of Science, it serves students and faculty in a variety of colleges and disciplines.
The Preceptor Training Program encourages faculty, graduate teaching assistants (GTAs), and preceptors (undergraduate peer assistants) to work together both inside and outside the classroom to provide a multilevel support system for undergraduate students. By empowering highly motivated undergraduates to perform a variety of instructional tasks in exchange for academic credit in training courses, we offer a comprehensive approach to undergraduate education in which responsibilities are shared among all participants. The Preceptor Training Program emphasizes three key ideas:
- Students are an incredibly powerful resource in the classroom for teaching, learning, assessment, and research.
- Student-faculty interaction advances current classroom resources for students and faculty.
- Student-faculty interaction improves the overall teaching and learning environment at the University of Arizona. The result is a sense of community cultivated through authentic engagement and learning in many content areas, and pushing students and faculty towards academic success.
Some faculty choose to use preceptors minimally for a semester project, lecture, demonstration, or to facilitate another project or activity. Other faculty choose to use preceptors extensively for a variety of goals. Faculty are encouraged to determine a comfortable level of participation.
Contact Teaching Teams Programs directly with questions about starting your teaching team at 621.3991.
What is a preceptor?
A preceptor is a student peer mentor and/ or assistant.
Students must have instructor approval to become a preceptor.
Preceptors can participate as part of a teaching team in a variety of ways. Here are some examples:
- Lead class discussion
- Facilitate groups in class
- Develop workshops
- Coordinate multimedia resources
- Build websites
- Provide course content workshops
- Facilitate service learning opportunities
- Organize in- and out- of class activities
- Provide Tutoring
- Hold study groups
- Provide office hours
- Facilitate exam reviews
- Provide community outreach
- Coordinate and participate in service learning opportunities
There are 2 types of preceptors:
1. Just-in-time learners are students currently enrolled in the course.
Students will learn the course content with other students. Preceptors may work ahead on assignments when required, consult with TA's and faculty for approval of their ability to understand of concepts, and assist students as needed. 80% of current preceptors are just-in-time learners.
2. Students who have previously taken the course.
Students who have previously taken the course, or have been a student of the instructor previously, may take a lead preceptor position. Experienced preceptors can coordinate new preceptors, assist current students, and provide excellent insight for instructors to assess teaching methods, or other aspects of their course.
*Preceptors are not permitted to grade for instructors per University of Arizona FERPA compliance policies. More information can be found at www.registrar.arizona.edu/ferpa/contents.htm
What is a Teaching Team?
A teaching team is a collaborative instructional cohort comprised of the Supervising Instructor (faculty), Graduate Teaching Assistants (if any), and preceptors.
What is a Supervising Instructor?
The Supervising Instructor (SI) is the Instructor of Record for the course where preceptors are used, or where the Instructor of Record grants approval to co-instructors and/or Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA). An SI can be a professor, adjunct faculty, or GTA's.