Colorado Learning Assistant Workshop

October 13, 2010 - October 14, 2010 in Boulder, CO at the University of Colorado at Boulder

The PhysTEC project sponsored a workshop focusing on the University of Colorado's Learning Assistant (LA) program. The Learning Assistant program is a highly supported peer teaching experience that has been shown to improve students learning and attitudes toward science in undergraduate lecture classes and recruit talented science and math students into teaching careers. The workshop was held on October 13 and 14 and was open to representatives of PhysTEC Member Institutions.

Workshop Agenda

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1:00-1:45 Welcome and Lunch (Valerie Otero)
2:00-2:30 Program Overview (Valerie Otero)
2:45-4:00 Learning Teams and Weekly Meetings with LAs (Steven Pollock and Laurie Langdon)
4:00-5:00 Breakout Groups with LAs and Noyce Fellows
5:00-5:30 Overview of Pedagogy Course (Valerie Otero and Kevin O'Connor)
6:00-8:00 Dinner and Pedagogy Course Participation

8:30-11:45 Parallel Sessions
A. Data Collection and Departmental Scale - Funding and Sustainability (Steven Pollock, Noah Finkelstein)
B. Getting Started and Keeping it Going: The Campus Wide Scale - Funding and Sustainability (Valerie Otero, Laurie Langdon, Olivia Holzman)
C. Learning Team Observations
D. Lessons Learned: Emulating the LA program at other Institutions (Laird Kramer, Monica Plisch)
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:30 Breakout Groups with Experts - Biology, Astronomy, Chemistry, Math, Applied Math, Engineering
2:30-3:00 Closing

For more information about the LA program, see the University of Colorado's page.