LA Program Dates

August
08/22New LA OrientationUMC 235 9 a.m.–noon
08/22Lunch (faculty, LAs)UMC 235 noon–1 p.m.
08/22Dept LA prep sessionsSpecified by dept1 p.m.
September
TBDFaculty LA applications open
October
10/09LA Info SessionUMC 2356-8 p.m.
10/09LA applications open
November
11/02- 11/04National LA Workshop
December
12/09LA/Noyce Poster SessionC4C Abrams Lounge5-7 p.m.
12/10LA/Noyce Poster SessionUMC 2355-6:30 p.m.

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

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