The University of Iowa

Learning Assistant Program

Learning Assistant Program

Learning Assistants are undergraduate students who, with training and support, help faculty facilitate activities during class sessions to increase active collaboration and participation to improve student learning. For Spring 2021, facilitating will involve helping students navigate through recorded lectures and Think Tasks via Zoom. Learning Assistant positions are available for CHEM:1110 Principles of Chemistry I and CHEM:1120 Principles of Chemistry II.

See below for more information. You can also click here to learn about the three main components of the Learning Assistant Model: PDF iconLA Model

Why be a Learning Assistant?

-Develop skills in effectively facilitating collaborative learning environments

-Solidify foundational knowledge in chemistry

-Receive 3 hours of elective credit

-Fulfills "Honors Teaching Practicum" for the University of Iowa Honors Program


Current LAs have said:  

"Being an LA has increased my confidence in sharing the knowledge I have. I can instantly
reconstruct course content to support student understanding."

"The LA role inspired confidence in my public speaking skills and gave me the opportunity
to work on my leadership skills to eventually put on graduate school applications."

Eligibility Requirements

-3.00 UI Cumulative GPA

-Earned a B or higher in the course you would like to LA

  • CHEM:1110  Principles of Chemistry I OR
  • CHEM:1120  Principles of Chemistry II

 

LA for Principles of Chemistry I Role Requirements

-Attend pre-semester training days on:

  • Wednesday, January 20th AND
  • Thursday, January 21st

-Attend each week's lectures to facilitate activities (three 50 minute lectures per week). Two sections are available: 

  • 000A – 8:30 to 9:20 AM; Monday, Wednesday, and Friday OR
  • 000B – 10:30 to 11:20 AM; Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

-Attend a once a week, 75 minute pedagogy course about creating collaborative learning environments. Two sessions times will be offered for enrollment:

  • Tuesdays 2-3:15 PM OR 
  • Thursdays 11-12:15 PM

-Attend a once a week prep meeting with faculty. Two meeting times will be available:

  • Mondays 4:30-5:20 PM OR
  • Thursdays 2-2:50 PM

-Students should anticipate spending 6-8 hours a week on the Learning Assistant role.

Principles of Chemistry II LA Role Requirements

-Attend pre-semester training days on:

  • Wednesday, January 20th AND
  • Thursday, January 21st

-Attend each week's lectures to facilitate activities (three 50 minute lectures per week). Three sections are available: 

  • 000A – 8:30 to 9:20 AM; Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
  • 000B – 11:30 AM to 12:20 PM; Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
  • 000C – 8:30 to 9:20 AM; Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

-Attend a once a week, 75 minute pedagogy course about creating collaborative learning environments. Two sessions times will be offered for enrollment:

  • Tuesdays 2-3:15 PM OR
  • Thursdays 11-12:15 PM

-Attend a once a week prep meeting with faculty. Two meeting times will be available:

  • Mondays 3:30-4:20 PM OR
  • Thursdays 12:30-1:20 PM

-Students should anticipate spending 6-8 hours a week on the Learning Assistant role.

How to Apply

Apply Here: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9U2SGpZPORmmPtj

Questions? Contact Dusty Persinger at dusty-persinger@uiowa.edu