I wanted to see more communication from tutors during a meet & greet session with faculty. The session was intended to allow the two parties to share information.
I realized the panel format I was using did not create an environment encouraging outreach from the tutors; I had grouped faculty together, and tutors composed the audience.
I eliminated the panel format; instead, I asked each faculty member to sit at a table and asked the tutors to sit about three per table. I placed prompts on the tables to help generate conversation. Prompts were directed towards faculty: What are the three biggest challenges your student face? What is your philosophy on the process of writing? What are your expectations of writing tutors? Every 10-15 minutes I asked the faculty members to rotate in order to meet with different tutors.
I observed active conversation and received informal feedback afterwards that was positive. Full results will be posted by Fall 2020.
At this time, I feel that the intervention was successful. I look forward to refining the activity based on the feedback I received.
The meet & greet session change from a panel format to a conversation format has proven to be a springboard for the future.