The Learning Assistant (LA) Model at RIT is designed to acheive four goals:
Provide resources to help faculty implement pedagogical change in their classrooms
Recruit and prepare talented science majors for teaching careers
Engage science faculty and departments in recruitment and preparation of future teachers
Improve the quality of science education for all undergraduates
The program is based on the model developed at the University of
Colorado - Boulder. From their website:
The transformation of science 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 or other interaction in the classroom.
National Science Foundation: The RIT LA Program is supported by a grant from NSF.
College of Science: The RIT LA Program is housed in the College of Science.