Here at the University of Michigan, students always appreciate having their GSIs available to them to ask questions or receive important information pertaining to their course. However, the Office Hours that GSIs hold are often during the day, during inconvenient times for the students, or at inconvenient locations. Particularly preceding exams, increased Office Hours would be something that students would definitely take advantage of. Also, sometimes students have trouble understanding their GSI, or struggle to adapt to their particular teaching techniques.
A solution to this problem that edUMize created is called the ROG, or room of GSIs. The university is willing to designate the “Quiet Study Lounge” in the Student Union to GSI space only. The Union is right on campus, and is a convenient location for the majority of students. This lounge will have GSIs available for various subjects, as well as multiple GSIs for one subject. The GSIs will be able to be there from 7 am to 11pm, which gives students a chance to go at night while they are studying. Along with the ROG will come an iphone application that will allow students to find out which GSI is in the ROG, what subject they teach, and how long they will be there for. Through this application, a student can reserve up to 20 minutes of one-on-one time with the GSI of the subject of their choice. We think the ROG as well as the coinciding application solve the problem of inconvenient times, locations, and a lack of GSI understanding.
Please let us know your thoughts. Any suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.