ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT PRODUCT ORDERS

March 18, 2020

Due to the developing situation with COVID-19, International Center for SI team members are working remotely and are currently unable to fulfill material orders. We have temporarily disabled purchases through the Customer Portal for the following physical products and each of their available quantities:

  • SI Strategy Cards
  • SI Session Planning Manual
  • The Leader’s Guide to Supplemental Instruction

Please note that the SI Supervisor Manual (Digital) is still available for purchase as it is an electronic text.

We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions, please feel free to email our Office Manager, Josh Ware, at warejs@umkc.edu.

— The International Center for SI Team

What Is Supplemental Instruction?

Supplemental Instruction (SI), created at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, is a non-remedial approach to learning that supports students toward academic success by integrating “what to learn” with “how to learn.” SI consists of regularly scheduled, voluntary, out-of-class group study sessions driven by students’ needs. Sessions are facilitated by trained peer leaders who utilize collaborative activities to ensure peer-to-peer interaction in small groups. SI is implemented in high-risk courses in consultation with academic staff and is supported and evaluated by a trained supervisor.

Purpose:

  1. To increase retention within targeted historically difficult courses
  2. To improve student grades in targeted historically difficult courses
  3. To increase the graduation rates of students

SI is a free service offered to all students in a targeted course. All students are encouraged to attend SI sessions, as it is a voluntary program. Students with varying levels of academic preparedness and diverse backgrounds participate.