LEAP: LEARNER Experience ADVOCACY PROGRAM

In the Learner Experience Advocacy Program, undergraduate students learn about course feedback strategies and partner with participating instructors to observe and share feedback on course design and delivery. The goals of the program are to meaningfully improve the learner experience at UAF, build community among instructor and student leaders, and provide professional development to students and instructors alike.

In this semester-long program, students are trained in course design and feedback strategies, then partnered with participating instructors to observe and share feedback on their online courses. 

Student Advocates are embedded (not enrolled) in the courses they review and they focus their feedback on established course design areas. The program facilitates regular meetings between student advocates and instructors. 

View the tentative Fall 22 semester schedule.

LEAP is now accepting applications for the Fall 2022 semester!

Student Advocates

Student Advocates can expect to spend 3-4 hours per week on the program after an intensive week of training. Advocates receive a $1500 scholarship upon completion of the program. Returning students receive a $2000 scholarship.

  • Students observe and provide feedback to two online courses. 
  • All participating courses are based online; students are not expected to attend synchronous class sessions.
  • Students complete feedback packets before each conference to guide observations and discussion.
  • Students and faculty meet every other week in 30-minute conferences via Zoom
  • Most courses have two Student Advocates; both students, a program facilitator, and instructor will attend conferences.

Instructor Partners

Participating instructors get targeted, high-quality feedback on their course design and teaching, while building community with colleagues and students alike. The time commitment is about 10 hours of meetings spread out over the course of the semester.

  • Most courses have two Student Advocates to observe the course and provide feedback.
  • Faculty will receive a feedback packet from their Student Advocates before each meeting, which guides student observations for the week and is a jumping-off point for discussion.
  • Students and faculty meet every other week in 30-minute conferences via Zoom.
  • Most courses have two Student Advocates; both students, a program facilitator, and instructor will attend conferences.
  • Participating faculty are recognized by the Provost’s Faculty Development Team for their commitment to their teaching practice.

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Student Application

Instructor Application