2-Minute Mentor: About KU Students
Getting the most from your KU students
- Who are KU students?
- How can I align students’ expectations with my expectations?
- How can I establish positive, productive student-teacher relationships?
Click below to watch CTE’s 2-Minute Mentor video on this topic:
Getting the most from your KU students video transcript (doc)
Establishing Clear Expectations
One important key to student learning is communicating clear expectations. KU’s standard course evaluation form, the Student Survey of Teaching, includes three items related to this facet of teaching. Effective instructors are expected to:
- Set and meet clear goals and objectives
- Establish expectations that are well-defined and fair
- Establish expectations that are appropriately challenging
Of course, what’s “clear, well-defined, and fair” to you may not be the same for students. To ensure strong alignment between your expectations and those of your students, consider these strategies:
Talk with veteran instructors in your department about your expectations to see if they are in line with common practice.
Include an explicit statement of your expectations in your syllabus, and discuss them with students in your class.
Learn about KU students (see demographics below) and learn about resources available to you.
KU student demographics
On the Lawrence campus in Fall 2010, there were a total of 26,266 students:
More about establishing clear expectations
The following links provide more information about establishing clear expectations and productive student-teacher relationships:
Additional materials are available in CTE’s Essential Guide to Teaching
These portfolios in the CTE Gallery show examples of increased learning as a result of high expectations:
- Improving Comprehension and Application of Communication Research Methods—Jeffrey Hall
- Encouraging Undergraduate Music Education Students to Read Professional Literature—Debra Hedden
- Enhancing Student Learning in Introduction to Sport Management—Angela Lumpkin