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Spotlight: What is the Learning Assistant Model?

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What is the Learning Assistant Model? Transforming Your Course into an LA-Supported Course

by Kim B. Kurz, Jason Listman, Daniel Maffia, Margueite Carrillo

Proceedings abstract

The Learning assistant (LA) model is for improving the recruitment and education of STEM teachers. LA are undergraduate students that adopt both roles, teacher’s assistant and tutor. Roles of LA include guiding weekly preparation sessions with students, facilitating discussions in and outside of the classroom, and providing feedback to improve the effectiveness of teaching. Learning assistant model was established in 2003 at the University of Colorado Boulder.  Research has shown dramatic increases in student achievement in LA-supported courses and decreased failure rates. 

The faculty at NTID have adopted and modified this model for interpreting students.  The workshop will discuss how learning assistances support both ASL and interpreting classes, in addition to data collected on the success of our implementation.  We will provide attendees with ideas on how to incorporate the model in their own programs.

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About this Spotlight Series

CIT has played a significant role in the history of interpreter education in the United States. The conference proceedings on this page include workshop abstracts, papers, and business meeting minutes for many of these conferences.

The goals of the Proceedings Spotlight are to highlight:

  1. the valuable information and hard work that has gone into creating the CIT Proceedings,
  2. the importance of CIT in the history of interpreter education in the United States, and how conference proceedings have played a part in furthering interpreter education,
  3. different ways that Proceedings can be used to enhance and support research, education, and mentoring within the interpreting field,
  4. and positive outcomes, such as student success or enhanced skill development, as a result of applying the information shared within the CIT Proceedings.