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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:ALLLAs should attend the LA Orientation, which will be scheduled at a later date. Location: TBD

IMPORTANT: NEWLAs 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 will be scheduled at a later date. Location: TBD

We will be recruiting LAs for the Fall 2021 semester soon!

Are you interested in becoming an LA to improve student learning at NDSU? The application will be available HERE eventually. See the list of courses below once they are updated. 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. Warren Christensen at  warren.christensen@ndsu.edu.

LA-supported classes for Fall 2020

Instructor Course Meeting times
Booth BIOL 126: Human Biology TuTh, 11:00-12:15
Hodgson BIOL 150: General Biology I TuTh, 9:30-10:45
Slominski BIOL 150: General Biology I MW, 12:30-1:45
Montplaisir BIOL 150: General Biology I MW, 8:00-9:15
Smith BIOL 150: General Biology I MW, 11:00-12:15
Kenyon BIOL 220: Human Anatomy & Physiology I TuTh, 12:30-1:45
Heidinger BIOL 359: Evolution TuTh, 9:30-10:45
Aldrich-Wolfe BIOL 461: Plant Ecology MW, 12:30-1:45
Gillam BIOL 463: Animal Behavior MW, 9:30-10:45
Bowsher BIOL 482: Developmental Biology TuTh, 9:30-10:45
Kilina CHEM 121: General Chemistry I MWTh, 5:00-5:50
Cook CHEM 240: Survey of Organic Chemistry TuTh, 8:00-9:15
Walden COMM 375: Principles of Strategic Communication MWF, 11:00-11:50
Radermacher CSCI 160: Computer Science I TuTh, 1:00-1:50
Radermacher CSCI 160: Computer Science I TuTh, 2:00-2:50
Latimer CSCI 161: Computer Science II TuTh, 9:00-9:50
Latimer CSCI 161: Computer Science II TuTh, 11:00-11:50
Latimer CSCI 161: Computer Science II TuTh, 12:00-12:50
Malik CSCI 345: Special Topics in Software Engineering TuTh, 12:30-1:45
Yonk ECON 202: Principles of Macroeconomics TuTh, 8:30-9:45
Fischer ENVD 130: Drawing Basics of Environmental Designers MW, 8:30-11:00
Fischer ENVD 130: Drawing Basics of Environmental Designers MW, 10:30-12:00
Linker HNES 254: Curriculum, Standards, and Assessment in Physical Education TuTh, 9:30-10:45
Le IME 485: Industrial and Manufacting Facility Planning TuTh, 2:00-3:15
Kureczko MATH 144: Mathematics for Business MWF, 10:00-10:50
Kureczko MATH 144: Mathematics for Business MWF, 1:00-1:50
Kureczko MATH 146: Applied Calculus I MWF, 3:00-3:50
Boynton MATH 165: Calculus I MWF, 12:00-12:50
Greenwood MATH 165: Calculus I MWF, 3:00-3:50
Striker MATH 166: Calculus II MWF, 12:00-12:50
Condry MICR 350: General Microbiology MWF, 10:00-10:50
McDaniel NURS 422: Contemporary Issues of Mental Health Nursing Online
Buncher PHYS 211: College Physics I MWF, 10:00-10:50
Christensen PHYS 251: University Physics I MWF, 9:30-10:45
Kryjevskaia PHYS 252: University Physics II MTuWF, 11:00-11:50
Duggan PSYC 250: Developmental Psychology TuTh, 9:30-10:45

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