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Using Learning Assistants in Oral Assessments
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Undergraduate Learning Assistants -- prepared to work productively with students -- have ...

Undergraduate Learning Assistants -- prepared to work productively with students -- have been used to facilitate ungraded, voluntary oral assessments offered prior to exams. Oral assessments last one hour, and are offered prior to the three course exams. Orals are geared to improve student understanding and allow instructors to work with students on an individual basis to address misunderstandings. Students attend oral assessments in groups of 5-6 and work at a board to answer scripted, conceptual questions. The facilitator asks the initial scripted questions as well as follow-up probing questions and encourages students to work together.

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Arts and Humanities
Education
Mathematics
Science and Technology
Economics
Social Sciences
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Activities and Labs
Assessments
Instructional Material
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Starting Point (SERC)
Author:
Mary Nelson
Stephanie Chasteen
Using Learning Assistants in Recitation Tutorials
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Undergraduate Learning Assistants can be used to supplement the instructor and/or Teaching ...

Undergraduate Learning Assistants can be used to supplement the instructor and/or Teaching Assistant during recitations. They may help facilitate productive group work on tutorial activities designed to help students develop conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills. In this example, we describe the use of Learning Assistants to support tutorials within recitation in two introductory science courses physics and chemistry.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Education
Chemistry
Physics
Science and Technology
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Starting Point (SERC)
Author:
Laurie Langdon
Noah Finkelstein
Stephanie Chasteen
Steven Pollock
Using Learning Assistants to Support Peer Instruction with Classroom Response Systems ("Clickers")
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Learning Assistants are used to facilitate student discussion in peer instruction during ...

Learning Assistants are used to facilitate student discussion in peer instruction during clicker questions (i.e., classroom response systems), by asking Socratic questions, emphasizing reasoning, and probing student thinking.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Arts and Humanities
Education
Life Science
Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Science and Technology
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Starting Point (SERC)
Author:
Douglas Duncan
Jennifer Knight
Noah Finkelstein
Stephanie Chasteen
Steven J. Pollock
Using PhET Simulations in a Large Lecture Class: The Photoelectric Effect
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This activity provides a complete curriculum for teaching the photoelectric effect using ...

This activity provides a complete curriculum for teaching the photoelectric effect using the PhET Photoelectric Effect simulation in a large-lecture modern physics course. It includes links to powerpoint slides for two to three 50-minute lectures using Peer Instruction with clickers, and one homework assignment suitable for an online homework system. Research has demonstrated that students in classes using this curriculum have a better understanding of the photoelectric effect than students in classes using traditional instruction supplemented by a computerized tutor.

Subject:
Engineering
Education
Physics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Simulations
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Starting Point (SERC)
Author:
Sam McKagan
Various Group Activities Using Learning Assistants
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Undergraduate Learning Assistants have been used to facilitate group work in a ...

Undergraduate Learning Assistants have been used to facilitate group work in a variety of ways, such as in-lecture tutorials and worksheets, group work in required recitations, and group work in optional co-seminars. This page describes some of these various ways that Learning Assistants can be used to help make a course more interactive.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Education
Life Science
Biology
Mathematics
Astronomy
Chemistry
Physics
Space Science
Science and Technology
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Starting Point (SERC)
Author:
Amy Palmer
Douglas Duncan
Jennifer Knight
Laurie Langdon
Michelle Smith
Seth Hornstein
Stephanie Chasteen