Generally, after submitting a request, you will hear from a SCOT via email within 2-3 school days. However, if we have a lot of requests that have come in at once or if there are not very many SCOTs with availability at the time your class(es) is (are) held, then it may be 1-2 weeks. The coordinator contacts professors directly who may have a few weeks worth of wait time after requesting a SCOT.
This is entirely up to you! A SCOT can come into your class to do observations and not be identified at all. If students ask the SCOT, they will let students know that they are working with you and just doing an observation.
Other times, professors like to point out the SCOT and let the class know they are a Student Consultant or that they are working with you.
The best way to introduce the SCOT for a Focus Group is to let your students know that they are a Student Consultant that is working with you to get your students' feedback. Let the students in your class know that you are interested in getting their feedback/ suggestions/ ideas to improve/make changes in your class either for that semester or for future semesters.
Yes, however there are a few things to consider. If your class is small, you get to know your students and this makes it harder to have a SCOT come and remain anonymous. We highly encourage meeting with a SCOT beforehand and giving them days that you will be teaching and having them choose a few to show up to without giving you a heads up, this way you will not alter your teaching knowing that the SCOT is there.
In the case that you are teaching a section where you would not be able to identify a SCOT, you can contact the SCOT coordinator to set up this service. The SCOT coordinator will explain what the program is designed to do, you may need to read and respond to an email indicating you understand what a SCOT will be doing as an anonymous observer. We will also need you to provide some possible dates a SCOT could come in, days where you know that you will be teaching ( this way we don't show up on student presentation days, guest presenters, or video days). We'll also need to know if you want multiple observations. The SCOT will contact you after the reports are done to discuss their findings.