Session Description

Essential Features:
This session focuses on the three key experiences of LAs: interactions with students, weekly content preparation meetings, and participation in a math and science teaching seminar. In this workshop, the roles of LAs, faculty, and curricular materials will be highlighted as participants analyze videos of LAs working with students on tasks designed to engage students in scientific practices

Learning Assistant Pedagogy Course - Training LAs:
We will discuss the role and goals of the pedagogy course and explore different course structures with the purpose of deciding what best suits participant needs. Participants will get to sample some course activities and strategies.

Starting an LA Program:
Presenters will share key structural elements of an LA program and discuss lessons learned and available external resources. Participants will identify their program goals, scope, partners to work with, and existing resources at their institutions.

Expanding and Sustaining a Learning Assistant Program:
In this workshop, participants will develop strategies for garnering support for the LA Program on campus (financial, human resources, visionary), creating a multidisciplinary spin, and meeting the needs of the stakeholders.

LA Panel:
Current LAs share their experiences and provide insight into the impact that an LA program has on the LAs and the students taking the courses.

Recruiting and Supporting Faculty:
Faculty buy-in is essential to a successful LA program. We explore the nature and impact of the faculty development network and discipline-based education research group.

Faculty-led Prep meeting:
In this workshop, we will uncover the key elements that go into the faculty-led weekly prep sessions and discuss why they are so critical to ensuring that your LAs are in fact prepared to assist in lab/lecture/discussion. We will also talk about how to sell prep sessions to faculty that might be interested in using LAs.

Flipping the Classroom:
We will develop a shared understanding of what we mean by flipping the classroom and then embark on an exploration of what it means to move the transmissive activities of teaching outside of the classroom. Participants will identify pedagogic strategies for their own teaching environments that can be enriched and supported through the use of LAs.

Role of Data:
Learn about the role of data in developing and sustaining a Learning Assistant program. Build your awareness of the breadth of data types, how to represent data effectively, and think about which data to collect. We will consider a variety of audiences and discuss compelling data for each.

Your Next Steps:
Workshop organizers work with you to plan your next steps, provide you with planning materials and guidelines, and give feedback on possible implementation pathways for your institution.

Learning Assistant Alliance:
A look at the variety and depth of resources available to faculty and institutions that are interested in starting a Learning Assistant Program.