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Due to the generous support of the National Science Foundation and the Halliburton Foundation, funds are available to support faculty with stipends and and pay for LAs to support course transformations.

What are the goals of an LA Program?

Texas State Learning Assistant Program

How is the LA model different from other models of undergraduate peer instruction?

The LA model has all of the following characteristics that distinguish it from other undergraduate support programs:

  • LAs work with groups of students, on group-worthy activities; they are part of the instructional team in transformed courses.

  • LAs mainly assist learners rather than teachers.

  • LAs participate in a special seminar targeted at helping them integrate content, STEM-specific pedagogy, and practice.

  • Faculty meet with their LAs every week to work through curriculum and plan instruction.

  • The program explicitly supports  teacher recruitment and preparation.

  • A collaborative educational research program accompanies course transformations to evaluate the effects of the LA model.


Interested in Using LAs?

  1. Faculty that apply to use LAs agree to:
    • use LAs to promote interaction and collaboration among students enrolled in the course
    • meet in weekly planning sessions with the LAs who support their courses
    • participate in ongoing community events
    • evaluate transformations and assess learning in their own courses
  2. Click here to download the Faculty LA Application - complete it and send it via email using the send button on the application.

 

Questions?  Contact Dr. Eleanor Close at eclose@txstate.edu