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Instructor Resources

The Sanger Learning Center supports instructors through programs that provide extra assistance to students in historically-difficult courses. Encourage your students to meet with a learning specialist. Students can make an appointment online, call 512-471-3614, or visit our main office in JES A332.

Peer-Led Undergraduate Studying (PLUS)

The PLUS program benefits both faculty members and their students. Students in PLUS-supported courses have a more positive experience in the class and typically perform better, and faculty members have the opportunity to get to know a select group of highly motivated students. These benefits come with only a minimal time commitment and at no cost.

Supplemental Instruction (SI)

The Sanger Learning Center works with departments and professors to identify courses and TAs that would be a good match for the SI program. Typically, SI supports large-enrollment (100 or more students), historically-difficult (high D, F, Q, and W rates), lower-division courses.

SI enhances student learning and improves student performance. Data collected both nationally and locally for more than 30 years confirms that regular SI attendance has a significant effect on final course grades. The program trains graduate teaching assistants and undergraduate SI leaders to run discussion sections that reinforce and clarify course content while integrating study and reasoning skills. The SI program gives both instructors and TAs valuable insight into the needs of students, helping instructors effectively respond to each unique class.

SI also benefits UT Austin departments. It is a low-cost, high-impact course enhancement program that simultaneously improves the experience and performance of undergraduate students in SI-supported courses, offers graduate students in-class teaching experience and professional development opportunities, and supports the teaching goals of course instructors. If you would like SI to support your course, please contact Paige Schilt.

Signature Course Support

The SLC trains and evaluates Signature Course teaching assistants for large-format UGS 303 courses. Signature Course TAs help students mature intellectually while familiarizing them with faculty members’ expectations of university-level coursework. We also offer individual consultations to faculty members on topics such as first-year student learning needs, assignment design, discussion section goals, and more. Please contact Paige Schilt for more information.

Push: Intellectual Development, Personal Growth, Leadership

Push, the Sanger Learning Center’s new framework for student development, is meant to facilitate a deeper understanding of subject matter in the classroom. Students are prompted to take a more assertive role in learning, while instructors and TAs are encouraged to eliminate unproductive practices from the classroom and implement practices grounded in the psychology of learning. Learn more about Push.

Outreach Services and Presentations

We host a number of presentations for instructors throughout the semester. The SLC is also available to deliver presentations to your class.

Learn more about outreach services or request a presentation.

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