Stephanie Chasteen

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Using Learning Assistants in Homework Help Sessions part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with Learning Assistants:Examples
Undergraduate Learning Assistants can provide one-on-one instruction in homework help sessions, assisting students with specific questions on weekly homework. These tutoring sessions act as office hours for the Learning Assistant, supplementing instructor office hours and provide students additional support on homework sets than is usually available through a Teaching Assistant.

Using Learning Assistants to Support Peer Instruction with Classroom Response Systems ("Clickers") part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with Learning Assistants:Examples
Undergraduate Learning Assistants have been used in lecture to assist with facilitation of peer instruction during use of classroom response systems ("clickers"). They circulate the class (as does the instructor), making sure all students are engaged in discussion, promoting useful dialogue, answering student questions, and providing feedback to the instructor on student understanding.

Using Learning Assistants in Oral Assessments part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with Learning Assistants:Examples
Undergraduate Learning Assistants – prepared to work productively with students – have been used to facilitate ungraded, voluntary oral assessments offered prior to exams. Oral assessments last one hour, and are offered prior to the three course exams. Orals are geared to improve student understanding and allow instructors to work with students on an individual basis to address misunderstandings. Students attend oral assessments in groups of 5-6 and work at a board to answer scripted, conceptual questions. The facilitator asks the initial scripted questions as well as follow-up probing questions and encourages students to work together.

Using Learning Assistants in Recitation Tutorials part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with Learning Assistants:Examples
Undergraduate Learning Assistants can be used to supplement the instructor and/or Teaching Assistant during recitations. They may help facilitate productive group work on tutorial activities designed to help students develop conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills. In this example, we describe the use of Learning Assistants to support tutorials within recitation in two introductory science courses physics and chemistry.

Various Group Activities Using Learning Assistants part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with Learning Assistants:Examples
Undergraduate Learning Assistants have been used to facilitate group work in a variety of ways, such as in-lecture tutorials and worksheets, group work in required recitations, and group work in optional co-seminars. This page describes some of these various ways that Learning Assistants can be used to help make a course more interactive.

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Teaching with Learning Assistants part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with Learning Assistants
Stephanie V. Chasteen and Valerie Otero, University of Colorado at Boulder What are Learning Assistants? Learning Assistants are talented undergraduate students, primarily in mathematics and the sciences, chosen ...