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Learning Assistants Program


The Learning Assistants program partners talented undergraduates with faculty teaching large-enrollment 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.

Essential Elements of the LA Experience
  1. Student-LA interactions: facilitate small group learning and provide feedback to students.
  2. Weekly LA-instructor meetings: meet with faculty mentor (course instructor) to review previous class sessions and plan for upcoming sessions.
  3. Science of Learning seminar: learn how undergraduates learn, practice communication and interaction skills, and explore evidence-based instructional practices.
What do LAs do?

LAs work approximately 7.5 hours per week (see below) during an academic semester and can earn up to $1200.

  • Attend class sessions (2-4 hours, depending on course), which may include:

    • Facilitating student discussions and other small group learning activities
    • Assisting instructor with administrative tasks
    • Providing feedback to students and instructor

  • Participate in weekly LA-instructor meetings with faculty mentor (1 hour)
  • Meet with students outside of class in office hours or during help/review sessions (1-2 hours)
  • Provide feedback on student work or score assignments/exams (1-2 hours)
  • Prepare for course as assigned by faculty mentor or review course content (1-2 hours)

IMPORTANT: ALL LAs should attend the LA Orientation, which is scheduled for 10:30-11:00 AM on Monday, January 13, 2020. Location: TBD

IMPORTANT: NEW LAs are required to enroll in the 1-credit Science of Learning seminar (STEM 303, class #7906), which meets on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:45 PM in Hill 326. In addition, NEW LAs should attend the New LA Orientation, which is scheduled for 10:00-10:30 AM on Monday, January 13, 2020. Location: TBD

We are currently recruiting LAs for the Spring 2020 semester!

Are you interested in becoming an LA to improve student learning at NDSU? The application is available HERE. See the list of courses below. Please be sure you are available for ALL meeting times for a course BEFORE you apply to serve as an LA.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Jeff Boyer, jeffrey.boyer@ndsu.edu.

LA-supported courses for Spring 2020

INSTRUCTOR

COURSE

MEETING TIMES

Booth

BIOL 111: Concepts of Biology

TuTh 9:30-10:45

Montplaisir

BIOL 151: General Biology II

TuTh 8:00-9:15

Momsen

BIOL 151: General Biology II

TuTh 11:00-12:15

Hodgson

BIOL 151: General Biology II

WF 9:30-10:45

Kenyon

BIOL 221: Human Anatomy & Physiology II

TuTh 9:30-10:45

Kenyon

BIOL 221: Human Anatomy & Physiology II

TuTh 12:30-1:45

Bowsher

BIOL 359: Evolution

TuTh 11:00-12:15

Hamilton

BIOL 364: General Ecology

WF 12:30-1:45

Mohammad

BIOL 370: Cell Biology

WF 12:30-1:45

Reindl

BIOL 444: Vertebrate Histology

MF 10:00-10:50 and W 10:00-11:50

Travers

BIOL 472: Structure and Diversity of Plants and Fungi

Tu 1:00-4:45, Th 3:30-4:45

Gillam

BIOL 476: Wildlife Ecology and Management

WF 12:30-1:45

Kim

BIOL 483: Cellular Mechanisms of Diseases

TuTh 11:00-12:15

Nyachwaya

CHEM 121: General Chemistry I

MWF 3:00-3:50

Leonytev

CHEM 342: Organic Chemistry II

MWF 8:00-8:50

Radermacher

CSCI 160: Computer Science I

TuTh 9:00-9:50

Radermacher

CSCI 160: Computer Science I

TuTh 10:00-10:50

Radermacher

CSCI 160: Computer Science I

TuTh 2:00-2:50

Latimer

CSCI 161: Computer Science II

TuTh 11:00-11:50

Latimer

CSCI 161: Computer Science II

TuTh 12:00-12:50

Latimer

CSCI 161: Computer Science II

TuTh 4:00-4:50

Fischer

ENVD 172: Environmental Design Fundamentals

MW 8:30-10:00

Fischer

ENVD 172: Environmental Design Fundamentals

MW 10:30-12:00

Fischer

ENVD 172: Environmental Design Fundamentals

MW 12:30-2:00

Fischer

ENVD 172: Environmental Design Fundamentals

MW 2:30-4:00

Tackett

GEOL 106: Earth Through Time

MWF 1:00-1:50

Laabs

GEOL 201: Geology of Climate Change and Energy

MWF 9:00-9:50

Kureczko

MATH 144: Mathematics for Business

MWF 11:00-11:50

Kureczko

MATH 144: Mathematics for Business

MWF 3:00-3:50

Kureczko

MATH 146: Applied Calculus I

MWF 12:00-12:50

Boynton

MATH 165: Calculus I

MWF 12:00-12:50

Dorfmeister

MATH 166: Calculus II

MWF 12:00-12:50

Greenwood

MATH 166: Calculus II

MWF 3:00-3:50

Buncher

PHYS 212: College Physics II

TuTh 2:00-3:15

Sefannaser

PHYS 251: University Physics I

M 11:00-12:50 and WF 11:00-11:50

Denton

PHYS 252: University Physics II

MF 9:00-10:15 and W 9:00-9:50

Wissman

PSYC 111: Introduction to Psychology

TuTh 3:30-4:45

Duggan

PSYC 250: Developmental Psychology

TuTh 11:00-12:15

Irish

PSYC 351: Research Methods II

MWF 10:00-10:50

Balas

PSYC 460: Sensation and Perception

MWF 11:00-11:50


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