Student Consultants on Teaching (SCOTs)

Through the Student Consultants on Teaching (SCOTs) program, student volunteers work with AE3 staff to enhance the teaching and learning environment across the Grainger College of Engineering. There are four main activities that SCOTs can be involved with over their time in the program: focus groups, classroom observations, research assistantships and class group interviews. SCOTs who complete one or more of these activities over the course of an academic year will receive a SCOT certificate for that year.

SCOT activities are conducted with training and assistance from AE3 staff, who accompany SCOTs on classroom observations and group interviews. The SCOT and AE3 staff member compile data into a report and discuss the results with the instructor.


SCOT Activities


Focus Groups

AE3 will typically conduct two or three SCOT focus groups each year to gather feedback about special topics related to teaching and learning. Lunch is typically provided and students are asked a series of targeted questions to gather information in a relaxed and low-stress environment. AE3 implements changes based on the feedback received.


Classroom Observations

The SCOT and AE3 staff member meet with instructors prior to class to determine the focus of the observation. Example foci include determining the frequency of responses from particular students; the reason for any lack of involvement in discussions; or whether an instructor is helping students make connections between course material and related concepts. If desired, a video of the class can be made during the observation time. The SCOT and AE3 staff member write a summary report and discuss the results with instructors in a post-observation debriefing.


Research Assistants

SCOTs may assist faculty or AE3 staff with collecting and analyzing data about courses and student learning. SCOTs may also be involved in College grant programs (GATE and SIIP) where they may serve on proposal review committees and assist in the collection of targeted instructional feedback.


Class Group Interviews

In these interviews, the SCOT interviews students to assess their learning success and perception of the class. This takes place in the last 15-20 minutes of class without the instructor present. The SCOT asks the students to respond verbally and in writing to the following questions:

  • What helps your learning in this class?
  • What hinders your learning in this class?
  • What suggestions do you have to improve this class?

For more information about the SCOT program, please contact Chris Migotsky.


Student Consultants on Teaching (SCOTs)

  • Andrew Conwell - Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Tom Golecki - Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Robin De Lara - Materials Science and Engineering
  • Eugenia Maldonado - Systems Engineering and Design
  • Mina Mikhaeel - Mechanical Science and Engineering
  • Joe Mirabelli - Educational Psychology
  • Siwei Shen - Computer Science