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Student Well-Being and Active Learning Study


Student well-being and active learning study

Upcoming Information Sessions

Friday, August 19, 2016
12:00 - 12:30 p.m.
Join the WebEx Session

Monday, September 19, 2016
12:00 - 12:30 p.m..
Join the WebEx Session

Are you interested in helping us examine if there is a correlation between student well-being and the use of active learning in the classroom?  Whether you have many in-class activities, just a few, or none, we are looking for instructors in Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 to work with us to collect data on student well-being, student performance, and use of activities in the classroom. If you would like more information or are interested in participating, Email CornellCTI@cornell.edu, or call 607-255-7224. This study is funded by the American Association of Colleges & Universities.

The time commitment is minimal; we anticipate that this will take less than 2-4 hours of your time over the course of the semester. Your participation, as well as that of your course and your students, is completely voluntary. If you elect to participate, we will ask you to:

  • Provide us the course syllabus and schedule.
  • Provide us with a list of students in the class.
  • Allow us to visit your class approximately 6-10 times to observe classroom interactions and how class time is used so that we can examine if there is a connection between what is done in class and student well-being.
  • Ask students to participate in a survey on well-being (which can be given in conjunction with your mid-term student feedback) and a focus group on well-being.
  • Answer a few short questions about your course.
  • Invite you to be part of an optional learning community that builds on the growing conversation around supporting students well-being at Cornell

We will work with the registrar to collect data on students’ final grades your course in order to examine the link between performance and well-being.

We do not anticipate any risks to you or your students from participation in this study. Results for your course and overall will be shared with you as soon as they are compiled; they will never be reported in any form that would identify students individually. Although there is no compensation for participating in this study, it will be a valuable addition to the research in this area. This study has been reviewed by the Cornell Institutional Review Board.


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