Structured Learning Assistance FAQ for Facilitators
Structured Learning Assistance (SLA) is an academic support system available to all Ferris students. The program features weekly study and practice workshops where students master course content and develop and apply specific learning strategies for the course.
SLA targets high-risk for failure courses, not students. The service is available for all Ferris students who choose SLA sections at registration. Once a student signs up for an SLA course, the student is required to attend SLA workshops until the first assessment. After the first test or quiz only students whose grades are below the level set by the professor are required to attend. Many students who are performing well in the class still attend the SLA workshops because of the opportunity to improve their grade.
Individuals must have completed two years of college or an Associate Degree, or have comparable work-related experience in subject area (teaching, training or tutoring experience). Potential facilitator candidates must possess excellent public speaking and communication skills and display good time management and organizational skills.
New facilitators attend a two day intensive training program. The sessions include SLA history and approach, SLA policies and procedures, facilitation skills, skills integration, administrative details, conducting workshops, conflict resolution and more. Once hired, facilitators receive regular in-service training and professional development sessions.
Facilitators attend the course lectures with the students and work in collaboration with the professor. The facilitator conducts workshops, develops workshop materials, clarifies lecture points for the students, and assists them in understanding the expectations of the professor, and plan workshop activities. Workshop activities include course specific study guides, collaborative team learning, practice quizzes and tests, study skills on note-taking, time management, and reducing test anxiety. Workshops are not for re-lecturing. Creative alternatives to learning the materials which are not typically found in the traditional classroom are employed.
Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to, maintaining workshop attendance records, weekly meeting with the course professor, attending monthly staff meetings, maintaining correspondence with students as needed, and conducting mid and end of semester assessments.