The Learning Assistant (LA) Model at Rochester Institute of Technology
is designed to acheive four goals:
To provide resources (student assistants and money) to help
faculty implement pedagogical change in their classrooms
To recruit and prepare talented science majors for careers in
To engage science faculty and departments in the recruitment and
preparation of future teachers
To 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.
Applications for Fall 2014 are now open.
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.