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The adult student has been out of school for some period of time and, therefore, may experience anxiety the first night of class. Listed below are some suggestions that may ease those anxieties:
The needs of the adult student differ from the needs of the average college student. In most cases, the adult student takes a course in order to achieve a specific goal or purpose. The following are suggestions designed to aid the instructor when teaching the adult student. It should be remembered, however, that generalizations have limitations as well.
A class that meets for three hours tends to become monotonous for both the instructor and the student. However, the instructor who varies their teaching methods easily overcomes this obstacle and moves along the path toward excellent instruction. Below are some suggestions for teaching classes that meets for an extended time period.
The following are minimal suggestions for the development of a test:
Two critical issues to consider when developing effective tests are that they should be both reliable and valid. A reliable test is one that consistently yields the same result. For example, if an instructor gives the same test ion three different sections of the same course, the results should be similar. Since it is sometimes difficult for the student to determine what the instructor considers testable material, it is a good idea to test often and to test only limited amounts of information. This ensures that a student's subject-related abilities will be tested rather than his/her ability to guess what will be tested.
In addition, a test should be valid. It should measure the information it intends to measure and the information that has been covered in class. One way to do this is to decide what percentage of class time was spent on each topic; the number of questions for each topic should be distributed proportionately.
When developing test questions, an instructor needs to consider what it is he/she wants to measure or find out. Furthermore, the type of question that would best facilitate the answer should be considered. A test that utilizes all types of questions is most effective. Factual questions such as true/false and matching are most practical when testing for recall and memory. Short answer and essay question are effective when seeking answers that require interpretation and application. Multiple choice questions can be either category depending on how they are written.
There are special considerations when writing each type of test question:
If an instructor has questions about grading, he/she will want to contact the appropriate Division Chair at the beginning of the term. The Division Chair can give the instructor information such as:
Grades are extremely important especially in sequence courses. The student is expected to have developed certain skills upon completion of such a course. The grade given should reflect the student's skills and knowledge. Although every instructor does not grade in the same way, there should be some continuity. The following are questions that an instructor often considers when deciding grades:
Again, the appropriate Division Chair can help or refer the instructor for help.
If there is a concern about the grades a particular instructor is issuing, this concern will be pointed out to the instructor by either the Division Chair. For example, if an instructor has a high withdrawal rate for a particular class or if grades seem inflated, the instructor will be made aware of this situation in the following manner:
On occasion, an instructor may calculate a grade incorrectly. Should this come to the instructor's attention after grades have been submitted, a grade correction form should be completed by the instructor. This form includes the student's name and colleague id number as well as the section number of the class. The form states that a grade has been figured incorrectly and need to be changed. The instructor will need to provide a reason for the grade change. The form must be signed by the instructor, the appropriate Division Chair, and the Associate Vice President for Educational Services.
Rosters are accessed electronically through the IRIS system. Students will start appearing on rosters when pre-registration starts.
Students have five days to add classes. They can drop a class and receive a refund through 10 class days. After the ten day period, you will receive notification via your Lake Land email account to check your roster and compare it with the students who are actually attending your class.
Please ask students whose names do not appear on the roster to contact the Admissions Office at 217-234-5434. The student will appear on your roster once they are enrolled.
A "U" will appear in the grade column after 10-day for any students who auditing the course. Students who say they are auditing and no "U" appears are to contact the Admissions Office as soon as possible.
Instructors will receive notification via their Lake Land email account that it is time to complete midterm rosters.
Midterm rosters are located under Grading on IRIS.
If a student does not appear on this roster, he/she should contact the Admissions Office at 217-234-5434. Any instructor who is interested in a student's registration is encouraged to call the Admissions Office at 217-234-5434.
Note: The best way for an instructor to make sure that his/her grade roster contains the correct names is to thoroughly check the roster and report any discrepancies to the Admissions Office at 217-234-5434.
Instructors will receive notification via their Lake Land email account that it is time to post grades.
Grade rosters are located under Grading on IRIS.
An incomplete grade should be requested only in an extreme emergency, such as illness. The incomplete grade must by requested by the student, and he/she must be passing at the time of the request. In addition, a Request to Obtain an Incomplete Form must be filled out. This form must be signed by both the instructor and the student. The original and two copies of this form must be submitted to the Admissions Office by the time grades are due.
The instructor will be responsible for reporting the student's grade on an Incomplete Grade Change form by the midterm of the next term. At this time, the instructor must assign a grade of A, B, C, D, or F.
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