This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. EPS-1003907.
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Learning Assistants (LA) Program—Overview
The Learning Assistant (LA) Program at West Virginia University uses the transformation of large-enrollment science courses as a mechanism for achieving four goals:
- To recruit and prepare talented science majors for careers in teaching
- To engage science faculty in the recruitment and preparation of future teachers
- To improve the quality of science education for all undergraduates
- To transform departmental cultures to value research-based teaching for ourselves and for our students
The transformation of large-enrollment courses involves creating environments in which students can interact with one another, engage in collaborative problem solving, and articulate and defend their ideas. To accomplish this, undergraduate LAs are utilized to facilitate small-group interaction.