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Overview of LA Program
The Eberly College of Science Learning Assistant Program is supported by the Pennsylvania State University Center for Excellence in Science Education (CESE). The CESE identified the need for peer facilitation in classrooms where faculty were trying to engage students in collaborative active learning activities and, in response, catalyzed the Learning Assistant (LA) Initiative in the Fall of 2011. The LA initiative encompasses a group of faculty and motivated students who all have the common goal of enhancing the learning experience in science and math classes.
What is a LA?
A Learning Assistant (LA) is an undergraduate student who has been recruited and trained to facilitate learning in large or small group settings.
What Courses Use LAs?
List of courses that use LAs
How to Apply to be a LA
A list of LA applications for the Eberly College of Science
Faculty Resources
A list of resources to help faculty get started or continue using LAs.
Excellence in LA Leadership
The CESE supports several experience LAs per semester with a small award for Excellence in LA Leadership. These LAs have facilitated learning for at least two semesters and seek the opportunity to participate in a more advanced role in the program. This role may include designing curriculum, acting in a mentoring role to new LAs, or holding additional events to improve the course or LA experience. For more information about eligibility or to apply, please email Dr. Jennelle Malcos (
Assessment of the LA Program
Marley Pillion's Analysis of the Eberly College of Science Learning Assistants Program in the Context of National Science Education Reform
LA Informational Posters
Links to the posters presented at the Learning Assistant Poster Session
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