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Learning Assistants Supporting STEM Instruction (LASSI)

 partners talented undergraduates (learning assistants or LAs) with faculty teaching large-enrollment science and math courses to create learner-centered classrooms that are conceptually driven, cognitively challenging, and authentic to the discipline. LAs primary responsibilities include working with small teams of students, either within a large-lecture class meeting, in recitation, or in office hours.

LA Experience
  1. Content: LAs will meet regularly with their faculty instructors to plan instruction, reflect on previous weeks, and analyze student assessment data.
  2. Practice: LAs will facilitate collaborative learning by providing multiple opportunities for formative assessment to both the students and instructor.
  3. Pedagogy: LAs from all departments will participate in a weekly, 1-credit Science of Learning seminar that explores evidenced-based instructional practices in undergraduate science and math courses.

LAs work approximately 8-10 hours per week (see below) during an academic semester and earn a stipend of $1000.

  • Weekly meeting with faculty mentor (~1 hour)
  • Attending all class session of course for which you are an LA (3-5 hours)
  • Meeting with students outside of class (1-2 hours)
  • Providing feedback on student work or grading (1-2 hours)
  • Preparing for course as assigned by faculty mentor (1-2 hours)

NOTE: NEW LAs are required to enroll in the Science of Learning seminar (STEM 303), which meets on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:45 PM each semester.

We will soon recruit LAs for the Spring 2015 semester!

Are you interested in joining the LASSI program to improve instruction at NDSU? Check back soon to complete the online application.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Jeff Boyer,

Current LA Supported Courses

Biological Sciences

BIOL/ZOO 124: Environmental Science
BIOL 126: Human Biology
BIOL 150 and 151: General Biology I and II
BIOL 220 and 221: Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II
BIOL/ZOO 364: General Ecology
BIOL 459: Evolution
ZOO 370: Cell Biology
ZOO 452: Ichthyology

Chemistry & Biochemistry

CHEM 117: Chemical Concepts and Applications
BIOC 460: Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I

Computer Science

CSCI 160 and 161: Computer Science I and II


GEOG 455/655: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems


PHYS 120: Fundamentals of Physics
PHYS 251 and 252: University Physics I and II


PSYC 250: Developmental Psychology


STAT 330: Introduction to Statistics
STAT 367: Probability

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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 14, 2014 4:13:59 PM