Proposal Title

POSTER: How Do Students Choose Elective Courses? Role of Professor’s Characteristics

Presentation Type

Poster

Start Date

19-2-2019 10:15 AM

End Date

19-2-2019 12:45 PM

Proposal Abstract

The study uses survey data from 246 students in the School of Business and Economics to examine the role that professor’s characteristics play when students choose elective courses. Of the surveyed students, about 80% consider professor’s characteristics to be an important or a very important factor when choosing their elective course. Among the professor’s characteristics, ‘Professor is Easy to Understand’ is viewed by 92% students as an important or a very important factor. Another important characteristic is ‘Professor is Knowledgeable’ which is considered to be “important” or “very important” by 91% of the surveyed students. Characteristics ‘Professor is Organized’ and ‘Professor is a Generous Marker’ are viewed as “important” or “very important” by 81% and 57% of the surveyed students respectively. The study split the sample with respect to gender, year of study, and residency and examined how those characteristics influence students’ view toward the role played by professor’s characteristics in choosing their elective courses. The presenters will be present during poster session to engage audiences in the discussion about the content of the poster.

Statement

The content of this poster is relevant to the “Adventures in Teaching” conference theme. This poster will provide the information about the professor characteristics that the students are looking for when choosing an elective course. When the faculty create elective courses with a bold and innovative content not only are they going on an adventure in teaching, they are also taking a risk as to whether or not the new course will attract students. The awareness of the factors that the students are looking for will allow the faculty to reduce the risks associated with the introduction of new and innovative courses.

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Feb 19th, 10:15 AM Feb 19th, 12:45 PM

POSTER: How Do Students Choose Elective Courses? Role of Professor’s Characteristics

The study uses survey data from 246 students in the School of Business and Economics to examine the role that professor’s characteristics play when students choose elective courses. Of the surveyed students, about 80% consider professor’s characteristics to be an important or a very important factor when choosing their elective course. Among the professor’s characteristics, ‘Professor is Easy to Understand’ is viewed by 92% students as an important or a very important factor. Another important characteristic is ‘Professor is Knowledgeable’ which is considered to be “important” or “very important” by 91% of the surveyed students. Characteristics ‘Professor is Organized’ and ‘Professor is a Generous Marker’ are viewed as “important” or “very important” by 81% and 57% of the surveyed students respectively. The study split the sample with respect to gender, year of study, and residency and examined how those characteristics influence students’ view toward the role played by professor’s characteristics in choosing their elective courses. The presenters will be present during poster session to engage audiences in the discussion about the content of the poster.