STEM Alliance Meeting and Poster Session


Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 11:30am to 1:30pm


Facility for Rare Isotopes (FRIB) Auditorium and Lobby

The Learning Assistant Model as a Catalyst for Instructional Improvement and Institutional Change

The STEM Education Alliance invites you to attend and participate in a series of events focused on undergraduate learning assistants (ULAs) in STEM courses. The featured speaker will be Valerie Otero, Professor of Science Education, University Colorado Boulder, and Executive Director, Colorado Learning Assistant Program and International Learning Assistant Alliance. Dr. Otero will give a research talk on Thursday, December 6th, followed by a poster session. We invite members of the MSU community to present posters on ULA programs, the use of ULAs in curricula, or research related to ULAs. In addition to the Thursday session, Dr. Otero will lead a workshop on ULA program implementation and management, which will feature LA Campus software, a centralized system for ULA program management on Friday December 7th.



The learning assistant model began at CU Boulder in 2001 with 4 LAs to support one section of Introductory Astronomy. Since then, the program has grown throughout campus, with 100+ faculty members each year working with 410 LAs in 14 departments in 4 colleges and schools, impacting approximately 20,000 students annually. The International Learning Assistant Alliance has emerged as a group of 1000+ faculty, administrators, and professional society representatives throughout the world, concerned about improving educational conditions for a diverse student population through the use of LAs. I will discuss the history of the LA program and how it has grown and been sustained. In addition to the funding history, I will present data that indicates some of the diverse outcomes that the program has on student success. Finally, I will discuss the tools that are available through the LA Alliance, including the LA Campus management and longitudinal data system, the Learning About STEM Stud ent Outcomes (LASSO) automated assessment system, and resources such as videos, manuals, pedagogy course materials, and ways to use LAs.

Box lunches will be provided. Poster session will immediately follow presentation.

Click here to register for this event.



We invite faculty, specialists, staff, post-docs, graduate students, and research groups from across campus to share information about their ULA programs, the use of ULAs in curricula, or research related to ULAs.


Click here to register to present a poster.


Sponsored by the College of Natural Science and CREATE for STEM Institute at MSU with support from Howard Hughes Medical Institute.