Colorado Learning Assistant Workshop 2012

October 28, 2012 - October 30, 2012 in Boulder, CO

The PhysTEC project co-sponsored its fourth workshop focusing on the University of Colorado's Learning Assistant program on October 28-30, 2012. 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.


Making the Case: The role of data in supporting educational innovations.
Steven Pollock and Noah Finkelstein, CU Boulder

Colorado LA Program as a model for institutional change: critical elements, national impacts, local implications
Valerie Otero, CU Boulder

Workshop Agenda

Sunday, October 28
Location: Millenium Harvest Hotel
6:30pm-8:00pmDessert Reception: Registration, Welcome & Overview, and Networking (Please arrive on time!)

Monday, October 29
Location: CU-Boulder Campus
9:00am - NoonKey components of the LA model; LA panel discussion
Noon - 1:00pmLunch
1:00 - 5:00pmConcurrent sessions and opportunities to observe LAs working in various departments on campus (sessions to include focus on resources for running the LA pedagogy course, use of data in LA-transformed courses, discipline-specific discussions about use of LAs)
5:00 - 6:30pmPoster session and networking (invited posters from CU-Boulder faculty and other institutions that are running their own LA programs)

Tuesday, October 30
Location: Millenium Harvest Hotel
9:00 - 10:30amNuts and bolts for starting, running, and sustaining an LA program (includes panel discussion with faculty who run LA programs at other institutions)
10:30 - 11:30amPlanning and reporting out
11:30 - 11:45amClosing remarks, workshop officially ends
Afternoon, evening
Additional opportunities to observe LAs, meet with CU-Boulder faculty, and participate in the LA pedagogy course that meets Tuesdays 5 – 7 p.m. These opportunities will all take place on the CU-Boulder campus.

Learning Assistant Program Information

For resources and more information on the CU LA Program, visit the Colorado University LA Program website.