LA Quick Start Program - Example 2
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 thought the discussion activity was very useful, it allowed me to understand what others got from the information and for me to be able to explain what I understood."
"The online discussion was helpful because I was able to interact with other LAs and see what they were thinking.""
"I thought the discussion activities were really helpful. Especially when we got to watch videos and answer different questions and see how different learning assistants would tackle problems."
Example 2: Readings, Video Clips & Discussion: Learn to be an Effective Learning Assistant
Learning Objective: The purpose of this activity is to learn from CLS instructors and experienced Learning Assistants about how to be effective in the Collaborative Learning Spaces. This activity includes the following activities:
- Read suggestions from instructors at a peer institution
- Review the Q&A with UA Faculty Members and Experienced CLS Learning Assistants
- Participate in the D2L Discussion for Learning Assistants
Learn to Be an Effective Learning Assistant
The background and experience of the Learning Assistants who participate in this program vary greatly. In some cases, you are a graduate Teaching Assistant and have excellent knowledge of the subject matter and extensive experience working with undergraduate students. In other cases, you are an undergraduate student who recently completed the course and have less depth of knowledge and little or no experience acting as a peer instructor but relate very well to your peers. Both of these types of Learning Assistants and everyone in between are very important to the team and are greatly appreciated for what they bring to the team.
The University of Colorado has an extensive Learning Assistants Program originally developed for the Physics Department but expanded to included other STEM fields. Please carefully read the following document that was developed to guide Learning Assistants at the University of Colorado.
- Tips and Strategies for TAs and LAs (University of Colorado)
Next, review the below document which is a printout of a Q&A that was included in a CLS Certificate Program for Instructors in Large Courses. As you will note, the discussion includes faculty members from a variety of departments and experienced Learning Assistants.
Finally, participate in the D2L Discussion for Learning Assistants which includes video clips of interviews with experienced Learning Assistants. Directions are included in the Discussion.