Video Resource for LA Development

The Video Resource for Learning Assistant Development is a package of thematic case-based "video workshops," designed to supplement the University of Colorado's widely disseminated LA development program. In a video workshop, short, compelling video episodes are accompanied by captions, transcript, excerpts from instructional materials, and targeted discussion questions to help LAs and faculty explore the principles and values that inform instructor and student behavior. The video episodes for this project will showcase a variety of exemplary (yet real-life) LA-relevant instructional formats including Tutorials in Introductory Physics, Modeling Instruction, labs developed at Western Washington University, and Open Source Tutorials.

The materials are available to instructors under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License.

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Week 0 - Orientation

Orientation: Introduction to Learning Assistants
What should LAs be doing in this course?
Workshop 1 Materials
Worksheet: Available in .pdf and .pptx
Movie: "Depth," available in .mp4 format
Instructional materials: "Pressure," - Open Source Tutorials - Available in .doc

Workshop 2 Materials
Worksheet: Available in .pdf and .pptx
Movie: "Ranking Forces," available in .mp4 format
Instructional materials: "Newton's Second and Third Laws," - Tutorials in Physics - Available in .pdf

Orientation: Introduction to Collaborative Learning
What should students be doing in this course?
Workshop Materials
Worksheet: Available in .pdf and .pptx
Movie: "Jump Up," available in .mp4 format
Instructional materials: "Electrostatics," - Open Source Tutorials - Available in .doc

Week 1 - Univocal and dialogic discourse

What are different kinds of teacher-student interactions good for?
Workshop 1 Materials
Worksheet: Available in .pdf and .pptx
Movie: "Ranking Forces," available in .mp4 format
Instructional materials: "Newton's Second and Third Laws," - Tutorials in Physics - Available in .pdf

Workshop 2 Materials
Worksheet: Available in .pdf and .pptx
Movie: "Normal Force," available in .mp4 format
Instructional materials: "Newton's Second and Third Laws," - Tutorials in Physics - Available in .pdf

Week 2 - Types of Questions

What are different kinds of teacher questions good for?
Workshop 1 Materials
Worksheet: Available in .pdf and .pptx
Movie: "Tension," available in .mp4 format
Instructional materials: "Pulses," - Open Source Tutorials - Available in .doc

Workshop 2 Materials
Worksheet: Available in .pdf and .pptx
Movie: "Hello," available in .mp4 format
Instructional materials: "Work and Energy," - Open Source Tutorials - Available in .doc

Week 3 - Mental Models

What useful science ideas do students already have?
Workshop 1 Materials
Worksheet: Available in .pdf and .pptx
Movie: "Jump Up," available in .mp4 format
Instructional materials: "Electrostatics," - Open Source Tutorials - Available in .doc

Workshop 2 Materials
Worksheet: Available in .pdf and .pptx
Movie: "Potholes," available in .mp4 format
Instructional materials: "Work and Energy," - Open Source Tutorials - Available in .doc

Workshop 3 Materials
Worksheet: Available in .pdf and .pptx
Movie: "Kite," available in .mp4 format
Instructional materials: "Fields," - Open Source Tutorials - Available in .doc

Week 4 - Formative Assessment

What do teachers do to learn about student ideas?
Workshop 1 Materials
Worksheet: Available in .pdf and .pptx
Movie: "Depth," available in .mp4 format
Instructional materials: "Pressure," - Open Source Tutorials - Available in .doc

Workshop 2 Materials
Worksheet: Available in .pdf and .pptx
Movie: "Torture," available in .mp4 format
Instructional materials: "Velocity and Acceleration," - Open Source Tutorials - Available in .doc

Week 5 - Student Ideas in the Content Areas

What ideas do students have about the specific topics they are studying?
Workshop 1 Materials
Worksheet: Available in .pdf and .pptx
Movie: "Thought Experiment," available in .mp4 format
Instructional materials: "Forces," - Labs developed at Western Washington University - Available in .doc
Physics supplement: Available in .pdf and .pptx

Workshop 2 Materials
Worksheet: Available in .pdf and .pptx
Movie: "Quilted," available in .mp4 format
Instructional materials: "Electrostatics," - Open Source Tutorials - Available in .doc

Workshop 3 Materials
Worksheet: Available in .pdf and .pptx
Movie: "Sparks," available in .mp4 format
Instructional materials: "Electrostatics," - Open Source Tutorials - Available in .doc

Week 6 - Cooperative Learning

Cooperative learning: How is a student's learning enhanced through interaction with others?
Workshop Materials
Worksheet: Available in .pdf and .pptx
Movie: "Soft Bed," available in .mp4 format
Instructional materials: "Pressure," - Open Source Tutorials - Available in .doc

Week 7 - Argumentation and Metacognition

Argumentation
How do students articulate and defend their ideas to others?
Workshop Materials
Worksheet: Available in .pdf and .pptx
Movie: "Bouncing," available in .mp4 format
Instructional materials: "Acceleration in One Dimension," - Labs developed at Western Washington University - Available in .doc

Metacognition
How do students articulate and defend their ideas to themselves?
Workshop Materials
Worksheet: Available in .pdf and .pptx
Movie: "Scratched," available in .mp4 format
Instructional materials: "Newton's Third Law," - Open Source Tutorials - Available in .doc

Week 10 - Nature of Science

What do students do that is similar to what scientists do?
Workshop Materials
Worksheet: Available in .pdf and .pptx
Movie: "Pie," available in .mp4 format
Instructional materials: "Ball Bounce Lab," - Modeling Instruction - Available in .doc

*Weeks 8 and 9 do not have associated content.