The Physics Department at Texas State University has had a Learning Assistant (LA) program since 2012. LAs are supported with funding from the National Science Foundation, PhysTEC, and the Halliburton Foundation, as well as from the physics department, the College of Science and Engineering, and the Office of the Provost.
The NSF STEM Rising Stars project at Texas State University includes funds for expanding interactive instruction with support from Learning Assistants (LAs). STEM Faculty can apply for LA support - see Faculty Information for details
A Learning Assistant program supports Learning Assistants, faculty, and students by transforming courses so that they are more closely aligned with research-based instructional strategies.
Every LA Program incorporates four major goals of varying emphasis: curriculum & course transformation, discipline-based education research, institutional change, and K-12 teacher recruitment and preparation.
These Texas State University courses have used or are using Learning Assistants.
PHYS 1325 - General Physics I
PHYS 1324 - General Physics II
PHYS 1430 - Introductory Mechanics
PHYS 2425 - Introductory Electricity & Magnetism
PHYS 2435 - Introductory Waves & Heat
PHYS 3311 - Mechanics I
PHYS 3312 - Modern Physics
PHYS 4312 - Quantum Mechanics
Computer Science Department
CS 1428 - Foundations of CS 1
HON 3480C - Teaching Physics Science to Children
Chemistry and Biochemistry Department
CHEM 2341 - Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 2342 - Organic Chemistry II