A Learning Assistant (LA) is an undergraduate student who facilitates discussion and engagement by working with students in small groups during class to encourage active participation.

The main goals of the LA Program include:

  • Curriculum and course transformation to improve the quality of instruction and learning outcomes for undergraduates;
  • Institutional change to transform the culture at the departmental level to value research-based teaching; and
  • Discipline-based education research to continually measure the outcomes of our transformations.  

The LA Program is a national program that was originally designed and implemented at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) in 2001. LA programs have been implemented at a range of institutions and a national study found that the implementation of an LA program improves student performance in academic course work and higher-order assessments (Sellami, Shaked, Laski, Eagan and Sanders. 2017).

Please see important dates for submitting course proposals and applying to be an LA for Fall 2022.