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Learning Assistants Program

  • Learning Assistants Program

    Sacramento State’s Learning Assistant (LA) program is based on University of Colorado-Boulder’s internationally renowned program. Our goal is to turn STEM students on to the excitement of teaching, which will increase the desperately short supply of highly qualified K-12 science teachers.  The learning assistant role is to facilitate discussion, helping to transform the instructor-centered environment typical of  large-enrollment classes into a more interactive, collaborative, and engaging one. LAs receive training directly from the class instructor, and also participate in a weekly pedagogy course. 

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  • History

    The LA program ran at Sacramento State for the first time in Fall 2011. Five LAs worked with about 80 students enrolled in an Introduction to Astrobiology (ASTR 4C) class. Students and LAs worked collaboratively on projects that were presented during our end of semester celebration. 

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  • Become a Learning Assistant

    Applications for Spring 2017 are due December 19. If you fill out an application and your plans change please let us know as soon as possible so another student can be hired. Notify us by sending an email to Prof. Margoniner.

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    LA Group photo

Watch an LA Class in Action

Questions?


PHYSICS
e-mail Prof. Jerome Buerki at buerki@csus.edu
or Prof. Margoniner at vera.margoniner@csus.edu

BIOLOGY
e-mail Prof. McDonald at mcdonald@saclink.csus.edu

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