Role Model Interviews
A role model interview is generally a conversation between two people in which one person acts as an interviewer to ask a set of questions, and the other person answers the question as an expert. Role model interviews can also consist of several people as a panel asking questions of one or more role models.
Application to All Courses
- Role model interviews function to convey to students information and attitudes that are necessary to succeed.
- Role model interviews give students real-world examples of successful persons and allow students to ask questions in order to model their success.
Synchronous Role Model Interviews
- Set up a text only interview using an IM or chat tool.
- Set up a multimedia interview using whiteboards or web conferencing.
Asynchronous Role Model Interviews
- Create a discussion board forum in which students can post questions for the role model.
- Create a blog on which students can post questions for the role model.
- Have students submit questions to the instructor in advance and create a Mediasite or YouTube recording of the responses.
- Have students submit questions to the instructor in advance and create and post a transcript of the responses to a blog, course site, or discussion board.
- Interview Your Role Model: An article and set of guidelines on interviewing a role model.
- Role Model Study Guide: Questions for teachers to pose to students.
- Role Model Interview Questions: How to decide what questions to ask in a role model interview.
For information on tools available to conduct synchronous Role Model Interviews visit:
For information on tools available to conduct and evaluate asynchronous Response Groups visit:
Keep accessibility in mind as you develop course content and build assignments and assessments. Many online tools are not fully accessible, so it’s important to think about how you will make the assignment accessible if requested. The Disability Resource Center and the UF Accessibility page will guide you in making appropriate accommodations. You can also find out more about accessibility at our toolbox page on Accessibility in the Online Classroom.