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# LA Program Dates

August | |||

08/22 | New LA Orientation | UMC 235 | 9 a.m.–noon |

08/22 | Lunch (faculty, LAs) | UMC 235 | noon–1 p.m. |

08/22 | Dept LA prep sessions | Specified by dept | 1 p.m. |

September | |||

TBD | Faculty LA applications open | ||

October | |||

10/09 | LA Info Session | UMC 235 | 6-8 p.m. |

10/09 | LA applications open | ||

November | |||

11/02- 11/04 | National LA Workshop | ||

December | |||

12/09 | LA/Noyce Poster Session | C4C Abrams Lounge | 5-7 p.m. |

12/10 | LA/Noyce Poster Session | UMC 235 | 5-6:30 p.m. |

# The Colorado Learning Assistant (LA) Model

The Colorado Learning Assistant (LA) Model at the University of Colorado-Boulder 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 hired to facilitate small-group interaction in our large-enrollment courses. LAs who decide to pursue a K-12 teaching license are eligible for a $6,000 to $10,000 Hach or Noyce Scholarship.

# Learning Assistant Supported Courses

Below is a current and historical list of courses at the University of Colorado-Boulder which have used Learning Assistants. A course with a "Yes" in the last column indicates that it is using Learning Assistants for the specified semester.Applied Mathematics

Transformed Course with Learning Assistants | Fall 2012 | Spring 2013 |
---|---|---|

APPM 1340: Calculus I with Algebra, Part A | Yes | Yes |

APPM 1345: Calculus Ib | Yes | |

APPM 1350: Calculus I for Engineers | Yes | |

APPM 1360: Calculus II for Engineers | Yes | |

APPM 2350: Calculus III | Yes | |

APPM 3050: Scientific Computing in MatLab | Yes | |

APPM 3310: Matrix Methods and Applications | Yes | Yes |

APPM 3570: Applied Probability | Yes | |

APPM 4350: Fourier Series and Boundary Value Problems | Yes | |

APPM 4360: Complex Variables | ||

APPM 4520: Intro to Mathematical Statistics | ||

APPM 4570: Applied Statistics | ||

APPM 4650: Intermediate Numerical Analysis I | Yes | |

GEEN 1340: Special Topics | ||

GEEN 1345: Special Topics | ||

GEEN 1350: Calculus I workshop - small group | Yes | |

GEEN 1360:Calculus II workshop - small group | Yes | |

GEEN 2350: Calculus III workshop - small group | Yes |

Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences

Transformed Course with Learning Assistants | Fall 2012 | Spring 2013 |
---|---|---|

ASTR 1010: Introductory Astronomy I (Solar System) | Yes | Yes |

ASTR 1020: Introductory Astronomy II (Stars & Galaxies) | Yes | Yes |

ASTR 1120: General Astronomy (Stars & Galaxies) | ||

ASTR 2000: Ancient Astronomies |

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

Transformed Course with Learning Assistants | Fall 2012 | Spring 2013 |
---|---|---|

ATOC 1050: Atmosphere and Ocean | Yes | Yes |

ATOC 1060: Our Changing Environment | Yes | Yes |

ATOC 3070: Introduction to Oceanography | Yes |

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Transformed Course with Learning Assistants | Fall 2012 | Spring 2013 |
---|---|---|

CHEM 1113: General Chemistry I | Yes | |

CHEM 1133: General Chemistry II | Yes | |

CHEM 1251: General Chemistry I for Chem/Biochem Majors | ||

CHEM 1271: General Chemistry II for Chem/Biochem Majors | ||

CHEM 4411: Physical Chemistry with Biochem. Applications I | Yes | |

CHEM 4431: Physical Chemistry with Biochem. Applications II |

Education

Transformed Course with Learning Assistants | Fall 2012 | Spring 2013 |
---|---|---|

EDUC 4112: Edu Psychology and Adolescent Development | Yes | Yes |

EDUC 4411: Edu Psychology for Elementary Schools | Yes | Yes |

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Transformed Course with Learning Assistants | Fall 2012 | Spring 2013 |
---|---|---|

EBIO 2040: Principles of Ecology | Yes | |

EBIO 3080: Evolutionary Biology | Yes | Yes |

Engineering

Transformed Course with Learning Assistants | Fall 2012 | Spring 2013 |
---|---|---|

MCEN 2023: Statics and Structures | Yes | |

MCEN 3025: Component Design | ||

MCEN 3034: Dynamics | ||

MCEN 3037: Exp Design & Data Analysis |

Geology

Transformed Course with Learning Assistants | Fall 2012 | Spring 2013 |
---|---|---|

GEOL 1030: Introduction to Geology | ||

GEOL 2100: Environmental Geology | ||

GEOL 3010: Minerology | ||

GEOL 3430: Introduction to Sedimentology |

Independent Learning (online)

Transformed Course with Learning Assistants | Fall 2012 | Spring 2013 |
---|---|---|

ATOC 1050 (online): Weather and Atmosphere | Yes | Yes |

ATOC 1060 (online): Our Changing Environment | Yes | Yes |

Mathematics

Transformed Course with Learning Assistants | Fall 2012 | Spring 2013 |
---|---|---|

MATH 1012: Quantitative Reasoning and Mathematical Skills | Yes | |

MATH 1300: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I | Yes | Yes |

MATH 1310: Calculus I with Biological Applications | Yes | |

MATH 2300: Analytic Geometry and Calculus II | Yes | Yes |

MATH 2400: Calculus III | Yes | |

MATH 3120: Functions and Modeling | Yes | Yes |

Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology

Transformed Course with Learning Assistants | Fall 2012 | Spring 2013 |
---|---|---|

MCDB 1030: Plagues, People and Microorganisms | Yes | |

MCDB 1041: Genetics for Non-Majors | Yes | |

MCDB 1111: Biofundamentals | ||

MCDB 1150: Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology | Yes | Yes |

MCDB 1152: MCB Co-Seminar | Yes | |

MCDB 2150: Principles of Genetics | Yes | |

MCDB 2152: Genetics Co-Seminar | Yes | |

MCDB 4300: Immunology | ||

MCDB 4650: Developmental Biology | Yes |

Physics

Transformed Course with Learning Assistants | Fall 2012 | Spring 2013 |
---|---|---|

PHYS 1010: Physics of Everyday Life I | Yes | |

PHYS 1020: Physics of Everyday Life II | Yes | |

PHYS 1110: General Physics I with Calculus | Yes | Yes |

PHYS 1120: General Physics II with Calculus | Yes | Yes |

PHYS 1240: Physics of Music and Sound | Yes | Yes |

PHYS 2130: General Physics III | Yes | |

PHYS 2170: Foundations of Modern Physics | ||

PHYS 2210: Classical Mechanics and Math Methods I | ||

PHYS 3210:Classical Mechanics and Math Methods II | Yes | |

PHYS 3220: Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Physics I | Yes | Yes |

PHYS 3310: Principals of Electricity and Magnetism I | Yes | |

PHYS 3320: Principals of Electricity and Magnetism II | Yes | |

PHYS 3330: Electronics for the Physical Sciences | ||

PHYS 4810: Computational Physics |