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Directed Supplemental Instruction Program

Directed Supplemental Instruction (DSI) supports students in biology, mathematics and physics courses. Directed Supplemental Instruction sessions are scheduled in coordination with the DSI leader and room availability. Please see your biology, mathematics or physics instructor for the DSI schedule each semester. The term “Directed” is used to differentiate our approach from the common “tutor” model. In our model, the learning goals for each session are predetermined and the learning activity is directed towards the desired learning objective.

Each activity roughly uses the following components:

Approach
Pre-determining the ideal method of instruction for the learning objective;

Activity
Conducting the 60 minute session with student tasks designed to model the cognitive movement from “not knowing” to “knowing”; and

Assessment
Providing formative feedback regarding successful demonstration of learning outcomes and identifying areas requiring additional work.

This learning cycle will be repeated in successive sessions even if the Approach, Activity, or Assessment is optimized to fit the current topic.

Program Directors

Dr. Mark Lee, marklee@spelman.edu
Dr. Monica Stephens Cooley, mstephens@spelman.edu

Program Coordinator

Pamela Stegall, pstegall@spelman.edu

Location and Hours

Science Center, Room 281

Mon. - Fri.: 11 - 9 p.m. 
Sat. & Sun.: N/A