COVID-19 update: If you are classified as a “Residential” student and your classes have moved online due to COVID-19, Residential Tutoring Services has provided a way for you to meet with the residential tutors online through Microsoft Teams. Please visit the Tutoring Services website to schedule an online appointment with their office. Liberty University Online students should continue to use Supplemental Instruction services.
Supplemental Instruction (SI)
Liberty University Online and the Academic Success Center are excited to offer Supplemental Instruction (SI) to help students engage in the learning process and increase their academic performance. The SI leaders are peer tutors that work with students in live sessions hosted via WebEx throughout the week. They cover challenging topics and provide students with the opportunity to ask questions and receive immediate feedback. Help is just a click away!
Students enrolled in SI courses can view additional information and detail in the SI Blackboard or Canvas course shells, where information regarding the specific course can be found.
Supplemental Instruction (SI) provides the opportunity for students to meet with SI leaders in live WebEx sessions throughout the week. The SI leaders send out weekly announcements and emails to communicate the days, times, and topics for each session. All students enrolled in this course are invited to join but are not required to do so.
All students enrolled in a course that includes SI are automatically enrolled in the SI section for that particular class. For example, all students who enroll in MATH 201 will be automatically enrolled in the SI for MATH 201. The SI staff uses those course shells to communicate all SI-related information to students.
While similar to peer tutoring, SI provides more directive instruction concerning the course material. The SI leaders begin with an engaging presentation covering specific topics for each particular week and then open things up for questions and discussion.
The SI leaders have already taken the course before and earned an “A” or “B.” They go through an intense interview process, which assesses their previous tutoring and/or teaching experience and abilities, and oftentimes, they are recommended by the Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and faculty teaching the course.
Beyond these qualifications, the SI leaders are thoroughly trained and closely monitored for professionalism, preparation, and performance.
All SI sessions are recorded and uploaded to a specific playlist in Kaltura, so students who are unable to attend the live sessions can go through the videos at their convenience.