Brainfuse and Cranium tutoring appointment

Submitted by Cecilia Rosales on
What is the Purpose of the Assessment?

For students to familiarize themselves with the tutoring appointment procedures.

Describe the necessity for this assessment

Students in Spanish classes can benefit from synchronous (conversation) practice, yet they are not utilizing the tutoring services available. During the last academic year, 3 students sought tutoring in the Fall and 3 in the Spring.  

This semester, some students in my classes reported challenges while trying to schedule appointments. With the help of the tutoring center, we were able to identify  and solve the issue. 

In addition, we now have better handouts and presentations to guide students. The purpose of this activity is to ensure students know how to schedule a tutoring appointment via Brainfuse and Cranium Café and can teach others how to do so. 

Describe how the practice will be implemented

In my hybrid SPA101 class, the activity consisted of students teaching a peer how to set up a tutoring appointment.  

Interpret, compare, and describe the results

After the activity, all participating students were able to demonstrate how to schedule a tutoring appointment in person, or online, via Brainfuse or Cranium.

After analyzing, and reflecting on the outcome, what are the next steps?

The outcome has been positive:

Students identified some glitches in the scheduling interface and brought it up to me and we then shared with the tutoring center. They were able to solve the scheduling issue.

In terms of student awareness of tutoring resources:  students self-reporting increased awareness about the tutoring options and the ease with which they can access them.

I plan on using end-of-term-data from the tutoring center to compare before and after. 

Next term, I will include scheduling a tutoring appointment as a requirement in preparation for oral assessments in hybrid and online classes.


Students teach peers how to schedule Spanish tutoring sessions to practice conversation via Cranium and Brainfuse.

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