LA Program Detail for Laboratory Course LS 23L

Students who have completed the lab course LS 23L, and are interested in learning teaching skills, may apply for participation in the Undergraduate Learning Assistant Program Life Sciences Teaching Practicum. This course carries 4 units and provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to assist their peers in learning in an instructional laboratory setting. LAs assist graduate Teaching Assistants on the teaching of lab course LS 23L (Introduction to laboratory and scientific methodology). LAs also are instructed in teaching methods such as effective lecture techniques, presentation of course material, and exam preparation through weekly LA meetings (LS 192C) and one pedagogy seminar (LS 192A).

Learning Assistant (LA) Responsibilities:

The program will consist of the following commitments:

First time LAs:  Application

You MUST be available from 4-5pm on Tuesdays for the weekly Seminar meetings.

Please remember that these meetings are mandatory.

1 unit pedagogy seminar (LS 192A)

  •  Attend a 1 hour seminar each week (Tuesdays 4pm-5pm)
  •  2 hours reading and prep time
  • Write a short teaching reflection every week
  • Conduct and respond to mid-quarter student evaluations

4 unit LA Clinic (LS 192C)

  •   1.5 hour meeting every week on Fridays 2:00pm-3:30pm  meeting with the LA Coordinator (LA Meeting) to go over conceptual details of the lab content and to practice your presentation skills
  •   2 hour content meeting with the instructor and the TAs (TA Meeting) for a hands on lab meeting covering the lab content for the following week every week on Fridays 3:30pm-5:30pm
  •   Every  week, assist in two lab sections (3 hours each, for a total of 6 hours every weeks)
    • Spend 2.5 hours per week on at home tasks
    • Reading course materials and preparing for your presentations

You should commit a total of 12 hours per week for 4 units.

Repeat LAs:   Application

4 unit LA Clinic (LS192C)

  •   1.5 hour meeting every week on Fridays 2:00pm-3:30pm  meeting with the LA Coordinator (LA Meeting) to go over conceptual details of the lab content and to practice your presentation skills
  •   2 hour content meeting with the instructor and the TAs (TA Meeting) for a hands on lab meeting covering the lab content for the following week every week on Fridays 3:30pm-5:30pm
  •  Every  week, assist in two lab sections (3 hours each, for a total of 6 hours every weeks)
    • Depending on availability and interests, alternate assignments can replace lab hours
    • Conduct LOPUS (Laboratory Observation Protocol for Undergraduate STEM)
    •  Prepare multiple choice and short answer examination questions based on the week’s lab material.
    • Responding to student questions on the lab discussion board
    • Spend 2.5 hours per week on at home tasks
    • Reading course materials and preparing for your presentations

You should commit a total of 12 hours per week for 4 units.

All LAs:

Further details regarding your commitments:

You MUST be available from 2-5:30pm on Fridays for a weekly meeting. Please remember that these meetings are mandatory.

Every week you will:

  • You will attend a meeting for LAs on Fridays. In LA Meetings you will:
    • Learn relevant educational techniques and skills.
    • Review experiences in the classroom.
    • Review material to be taught in the following teaching week.
    • Additionally, each LA will be expected to prepare and present one micro teaching demonstration per quarter to the other LAs during the LA Meeting. This demonstration will increase fellow LAs’ expertise in related course concepts and allow for evidence based teaching practices.

 

  • Assist the TA in the running of two lab sections each week.
    • This includes arriving early to help prepare the lab for student use and remaining after lab to complete clean-up.
    • Give 1 small (7 to 10 minute), pre-prepared mini-lecture during lab on a specific topic as part of the in lab lecture.

 

 

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