Important Upcoming LA Program Dates

New LA Orientation for Spring 2015: Jan. 9, 2015
Departmental LA Prep Sessions: Jan. 9, 2015

The Colorado Learning Assistant (LA) Model

Valerie Otero with two Learning Assistants (LAs)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

These University of Colorado-Boulder courses are using Learning Assistants during the 2014-2015 school year.

APPLIED MATHEMATICS Fall 2014 Spring 2015
APPM 1235: Pre-Calculus for Engineers X X
APPM 1340: Calculus 1 with Algebra, Part A X
APPM 1345: Calculus 1 with Algebra, Part B X X
APPM 1350: Calculus 1 for Engineers X X
APPM 1360: Calculus 2 for Engineers X X
APPM 2350: Calculus 3 for Engineers X X
APPM 3310: Matrix Methods and Applications X X
APPM 3570: Applied Probability X
APPM 4350: Methods in Applied Mathematics: Fourier Series and Boundary Value Problems X
APPM 4440: Undergraduate Applied Analysis 1 X
APPM 4520: Introduction to Mathematical Statistics X
APPM 4650: Intermediate Numerical Analysis 1 X
GEEN 1350: Calculus 1 Work Group X X
GEEN 1360: Calculus 2 Work Group X
GEEN 2350: Calculus 3 Work Group X X
ASTROPHYSCIAL & PLANETARY SCIENCES Fall 2014 Spring 2015
ASTR 1010: Introductory Astronomy 1 X X
ASTR 1020: Introductory Astronomy 2 X X
ASTR 2000: Ancient Astronomies of the World X
ATMOSPHERIC AND OCEANIC SCIENCES Fall 2014 Spring 2015
ATOC 1050: Weather and the Atmosphere X X
ATOC 1060: Our Changing Environment: El Nino, Ozone, and Climate X X
CHEMISTRY Fall 2014 Spring 2015
CHEM 1021: Introductory Chemistry X
CHEM 1113: General Chemistry 1 X
CHEM 1251: General Chemistry 1 for Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors X X
CHEM 1271: General Chemistry 2 for Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors X
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING & APPLIED SCIENCE Fall 2014 Spring 2015
COEN 1010: Engineering Explorations Through Physics X
EVOLOUTIONARY BIOLOGY Fall 2014 Spring 2015
EBIO 1010: Introduction to Quantitative Thinking for Biologists X
EBIO 3080: Evolutionary Biology X X
EBIO 4460: Special Topics X
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION Fall 2014 Spring 2015
EDUC 4112: Educational Psychology and Adolescent Development X X
EDUC 4411: Educational Psychology for Elementary Schools X X
MATHEMATICS Fall 2014 Spring 2015
MATH 1021: Numerical and Analytical College Trigonometry X X
MATH 1112: Mathematical Analysis in Business X
MATH 1300: Calculus 1 X X
MATH 1310: Calculus, Stochastics, and Modeling X X
MATH 2300: Calculus 2 X X
MATH 3120: Functions and Modeling X
MOLECULAR, CELLULAR, & DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY Fall 2014 Spring 2015
MCDB 1041: Fundamentals of Human Genetics X
MCDB 1150: Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology X X
MCDB 2150: Principles of Genetics X X
MCDB 2152: Problem Solving Co-Seminars for Genetics X X
PHYSICS Fall 2014 Spring 2015
PHYS 1110: General Physics 1 X X
PHYS 1120: General Physics 2 X X
PHYS 1240: Sound and Music X X
PHYS 2130: General Physics 3 X
PHYS 2210: Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Methods 1 X X
PHYS 3220: Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Physics 1 X
PHYS 3310: Principles of Electricity and Magnetism 1 X X
PHYS 3320: Principles of Electricity and Magnetism 2 X
PHYS 3330: Electronics for the Physical Sciences X
PSYCHOLOGY & NEUROSCIENCE Fall 2014 Spring 2015
NRSC 2200: Laboratory Techniques in Neuroscience X
PSYC 1001: General Psychology X
PSYC 2145: Introductory Cognitive Psychology X
PSYC 4443: Research Methods in Clinical Psychology X