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  • Continued implementation of two-credit pedagogy course and the LA program is becoming established as usual practice.


  • Recruiting colleagues in the introductory sequence to implement LAs and Tutorials, a departure from the traditional lecture-based approach.


  • Efforts are underway to institutionalize financial support for the LA program and make the pedagogy course a permanent offering.

Lessons Learned

  • Students enjoy these experiences greatly, but they must be structured in order for students to be well prepared to present information to others.


  • LAs have been used since 2011, with refinements each year in their implementation.
  • Pedagogy course offered for the second time, including an opportunity to teach a brief lesson at a local high school.