STEP Learning Assistants Program
About the STEP LA Program
As we celebrate our growth at Texas Tech, we remain mindful of our commitment to providing students with a personalized educational experience. To achieve our mission of effectively shrinking the lecture hall and providing Red Raiders with more individual attention for problem solving, the TLPDC is announcing the integration of STEP Program Learning Assistants into high enrollment STEM courses.
This program, modeled from the highly successful Learning Assistant Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder, will be customized to suit the needs of students and faculty at Texas Tech. Specifically, STEP LAs will lead learning communities and facilitate active-learning in large enrollment STEM courses.
LAs will recieve weekly pedagogy training and course specific content review to empower them to be both content competent and effective communicators in the classroom.
We surveyed students taking CHEM 1307. Here are a few of their anonymous comments:
"I think the LAs help a lot in this class. They take the time to be patient and help you at the pace you need. I think that important in learning because when you actually understand the material it makes a difference rather than just rushing through it. I like how the LAs ask how you're doing and you can be honest with them and they're eager to help you out. They are great overall!" -CHEM 1307 Student
"I like the LAs. They are very helpful, especially if I want to ask a question not in front of the whole class. They help me with my mistakes, not just go over the right way to do it." -CHEM 1307 Student
"The LAs have been a great addition to this course because having someone to help work through the problem instead of just giving you the answer. Since we have the LAs, the class has slowed down and we are actually given time to work out problems and take better notes." -CHEM 1307 Student