Innovative Teaching at Penn State offers workshop on learning assistants

November 13, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Innovative Teaching at Penn State (ITAP) Brown Bag Lunch series will present the following free workshop as part of its "From Novice to Expert: How Learning Assistants Can Help YOU Bridge the Knowledge Gap" series.

Jennelle Malcos will present a talk on the Eberly College of Science Learning Assistant Program, from 12:05 to 1:20 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, in the Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library, University Park.  This event will also be available via Zoom:

This series of talks highlights interesting teaching innovations at Penn State.The goal is to help further build a community of instructors who are interested in improving learning by their students and assessment plans. All are welcome; attendees may bring a lunch.

The College of Information Sciences Technology and Eberly College of Science incorporate peer-to-peer instruction to improve student engagement and opportunities for active learning in courses. Each academic year, over 800 undergraduate learning assistants (LAs) work in introductory and advanced courses through these two programs. LAs are trained in evidence-based instructional practices based on what cognitive science says about how students learn. During this workshop, we will share with you the structure of our programs with an emphasis on what LAs know and how you can maximize their training to improve   student learning, thereby bridging the knowledge gap between you and your students. 

For those unable to attend in person, the talk will be available via Zoom at:

This event is co-sponsored by Innovative Teaching at Penn State (ITAP), University Libraries, and the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence.

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Last Updated December 05, 2018