CLS LA Quick Start Program - Example 1
This is an example of content from the Learning Assistants Quick Start Program which is a D2L-based mini-course offered at the University of Arizona.
Learning Assistant Comments
"I really found the articles that were posted in the assignments to be very helpful. The articles helped give me a better understanding of the importance of a Learning Assistant in the CLS environment and how it benefits both the professor and the students."
"The videos and articles about teaching and how to work with students was helpful to better understand how to be a learning assistant."
Example 1: Reading, Video & Quiz: Evidence-Based Active Learning
Learning Objective: The purpose of this activity is to help you develop a fundamental understanding of evidence-based active learning. This activity includes:
- Reading from peer institution
- Video from peer institution
- Quiz about reading and video
Evidence-Based Active Learning
Literature about the benefits of evidence-based active learning is abundant. It is important for Learning Assistants to have a fundamental understanding of active learning. Felder & Brent (2009) define active learning as "anything course-related that all students in a class session are called upon to do other than simply watching, listening and taking notes." Evidence-based indicates that these strategies are known to help improve student learning based on significant and reliable evidence, derived from research. To learn more about evidence-based active learning, please read the following information provided by educators at our peer institution who engage in education research:
The Science Education Initiative Videos are quite good and are applicable to other disciplines not solely science education. Please view:
The following quiz will assess whether you understand the key information regarding evidence-based active learning.