“Light touch” interventions from faculty improve students’ perception of courses, instructors: study

January 15, 2019

Students who receive occasional emails from their instructors offering “light touch” feedback and offering support have better perceptions about both their instructors and courses, according to a new US-based study. Preliminary research called “My Professor Cares: Experimental Evidence on the Role of Faculty Engagement,” found that when students received small email “nudges” offering feedback or inquiring into that student’s course experience, those students reported higher satisfaction with the instructor’s level of engagement in the course. “This is an untapped space where we should think about moving the graduation rate,” said study co-author Michal Kurlaender. Inside Higher Ed (International)