Modification of teaching techniques in a required technical course can greatly affect student attitude and evaluations of the course. Changes in the organization and teaching techniques of a Dairy Anatomy and Physiology course at The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute were instituted due to peer and student evaluations. Modifications consisted of improved integration of course material, improved specimens for student examination, smaller discussion groups, improved instruction, and decreased turn around time of assignments. Although there was little change in course content, these modifications resulted in markedly-improved evaluation ratings of the course and instructor. Instructors, especially of required technical courses, need to be willing to change techniques to encourage students to be positive about courses and learning experiences.



student evaluations, technical course, enthusiasm

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