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