Learning assistant program

Learning Assistant Program

The Chemistry Program participates in the Learning Assistants Program, which is run through the STEM Education Center directed by Dr. Michael Moore (memoore@ualr.edu) .

Learning Assistants (LAs) are undergraduates who work with faculty to support active learning development and implementation. As an LA, you will assist faculty and learn research-supported techniques for learning.

The Chemistry Department supports Learning Assistants, faculty, and students by transforming courses so that they are more closely aligned with research-based instructional strategies. The UA Little Rock Learning Assistant Program is based on the national learning assistant model developed at the University of Colorado Boulder.

We currently use learning assistants in our general chemistry 1, some general chemistry 2, organic 1, and organic 2 courses.

At UA Little Rock, our goal is to train undergraduates on how to learn while giving them the tools to help other students to learn. To do this, Learning Assistants take a course on the science of learning where they learn all about evidence-based instruction while building a community dedicated to making learning more equitable for all. LAs work with faculty to design, implement, and in some cases, assess the impact of active learning instruction in both online and face-to-face courses.

For more information about Chemistry LAs, please contact:

Dr. Mark Baillie
Office Location: ETAS 125