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Additional Resources

This page contains resources to support student learning assistants, faculty working with LAs, or anyone interested in learing more about the LA Program or related pedagogies. The LA Program is part of the Learning Assistant Alliance. For more information on this organizaton, please click here

Resource Topics

Working with Learning Assistants in the Classroom

  1. Talbot et al. (2015) Transforming Undergraduate Science Education With Learning Assistants: Student Satisfaction in Large Enrollment Courses. Journal of College Science Teaching. Vol. 44, No. 5, pp. 24-30. Read More

  2. Otero et al. (2006) Who Is Responsible for Preparing Science Teachers? Science. Vol. 313, No. 5786, pp. 445-446. DOI: 10.1126/science.1129648 Read More

  3. Close et al. (2016) Becoming physics people: Development of integrated physics identity through the Learning Assistant experience. Physical Review – Physics Education Research. Vol 12, No. 1., 010109. Read More

  4. Van Dusen et al. (2016). The impact of learning assistants on inequities in physics student outcomes. In D. L. Jones, L. Ding, & A. Traxler (Eds.), Physics education research conference proceedings pp. 360–363. Read More

  5. Finkelstein et al. (2006) Teaching to Learn: The Colorado Learning Assistant program's impact on learning content. This piece [is a summary article that] discusses the Colorado Learning Assistant (LA) program, and focuses on its impact on the content expertise of future physics teachers. Read More

  6. Top et al. (2018) Development of pedagogical knowledge among learning assistants. International Journal of STEM Education, Vol. 5, No. 1. Read More

  7. Nadelson and Finnegan. (2014) A Path Less Traveled: Fostering STEM Majors’ Professional Identity Development through Engagement as STEM Learning Assistants. Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice. Vol. 14, No. 5. pp. 29-41. Read More

  8. Gold. (2019) Transformative Learning Gains in Undergraduate Learning Assistants. Honors thesis, Bowling Green State University. Read More

  9. Goertzen et al. (2011) Moving toward change: Institutionalizing reform through implementation of the Learning Assistant model and Open Source Tutorials. Physical Review Special Topics – Physics Education Research. Vol. 7, No. 2, 020105., DOI:10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.7.020105 Read More

  10. Davenport et al. (2017) Exploring the Underlying Factors in Learning Assistant - Faculty Partnerships. Physics Education Research Conference 2017 Part of the PER Conference series Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, Pages 104-107. DOI: 10.1119/ Read More

Incorporationg Learning Assistants into Online Classrooms

  1. Suggestions for Incorporating LAs Into Online Courses From the RIT LA Program Read More

Videos and Podcasts on Pedagogy

  1. What is Pedagogy? | 4 Essential learning Theories | Satchel Watch Here

  2. Confessions of a Converted Lecturer: Eric Mazur Watch Here

  3. The Power of Yet | Carol S. Dweck |TEDxNorrköping Watch Here 
  4. Teaching in Higher Ed Poscast More Here
  5. The Cult of Pedagogy Podcast More Here

Education and Pedagogy Websites

  1. The Learning Assistance Alliance 

  2. Teaching Elements (strategies) from RIT's Teaching and Learning Services

  3. The Chronicle of Higher Education

  4. The National Science Teacher Association

  5. CIRTL (Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning)

  6. Teaching in Higher Education Blog

  7. The Cult of Pedagogy Blog

Higher Education Journals

  1. The Journal of Higher Education
  2. Journal of STEM Education
  3. International Journal of STEM Education
  4. American Association of Colleges and Universitites
    ​​​​Liberal Education (Journal)
    Peer Review (Journal)
    Diversity and Democracy (Journal)
  5. National Teaching and Learning Forum
  6. Sage Journals: Education
    Active Learning in Higher Education
    European Educational Research Journal
    Arts and Humanities in Higher Education

Book Recommendations

  1. The Joy of Teaching: A Practical Guide for New College Instructors, by Peter Filene
  2. What the Best College Teachers Do, by Ken Bain
  3. Student Engagement Techniques: A handbook for College Faculty, by Elizabeth F. Barkley
  4. Understanding by Design, by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe
  5. Classroom Assessment Techniques, by Thomas A. Angelo and K. Patricia Cross
  6. Mindset, by Carol Dweck
  7. Drive, by Daniel H. Pink


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