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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. EPS-1003907.


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Department of Physics
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West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV 26506-6315

Phone: (304) 293-4939
Fax: (304) 293-5732
Email: Paul.Miller@mail.wvu.edu

Congratulations to our LAs for Fall 2014! Good Luck!

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Learning Assistants (LA) Program—Overview

The Learning Assistant (LA) Program at West Virginia University uses talented undergraduate students to help promote active learning in our large-enrollment calculus-based general physics courses.

  • Learning Assistants improve student learning. Universities who have implemented LA programs have published peer-reviewed studies demonstrating improvements in learning gains by students enrolled in LA-supported courses.
  • Learning Assistants have early teaching experiences. While being a teacher is not a requirement for being a learning assistant, some learning assistants choose to pursue teaching as a result of their experience and thus choose a career in a high-need area.
  • Learning Assistants are mentored and trained in both physics content and science education pedagogy. As LAs begin to take on the challenges of teaching groups of peers, they enroll in a pedagogy course and meet regularly with a physics faculty member so that the skills they develop are informed by current educational research.