What's an LA?
LAs are undergraduates who serve as learning coaches in structured activities. They are students who have excelled in the course in previous semesters, and who work with the instructor to improve student learning in the course.
What do LAs do?The specifics vary by course, but generally LAs work with students in structured activities during class. For example, LAs might attend class, facilitating in-class discussion (perhaps in conjunction with clicker questions or during small group work). LAs also meet with the instructor weekly and attend a weekly seminar with College of Education faculty on Math and Science Education to connect their practical activities with formal ideas about teaching and learning.
Do I get paid? How much time does it take?
Yes, LAs receive a stipend based on the specific time commitments associated with their assignments.
- weekly meeting with course instructor
- weekly seminar on Teaching and Learning (meets every Tuesday 4-5:30pm)
- working with students during course meeting times
What will I get out of being an LA?
You get to help other students learn math/science! Most LAs find this to be rewarding. Most LAs develop deeper understanding of the material and more sophisticated views of learning. You'll also get a chance to try out teaching -some LAs discover they want a career in teaching.