Dr. Jeff Boyer | "How Undergraduate Assistants Can Help Create a Better Student Learning Environment"
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 3 PM - 4 PM
Meetings, Lectures / Seminars
Contact: Chelsea Lupien 701.777.3325
Contact Dept: Instructional Development
Memorial Union Badlands Room
2901 University Ave.
Grand Forks, ND 58202
On Tuesday, May 9 from 12:30-1:30pm in the River Valley Room (Memorial Union), Dr. Jeff Boyer (NDSU) will present his research on “Using Undergraduate Learning Assistants: A Practical & Pedagogically Sound Approach.”
Learning Assistant (LA) programs have had a large impact at institutions across the country. Learning assistants (LAs) are high-achieving undergraduate students who help create interactive learning environments and facilitate student learning in high enrollment courses. For example, LAs can guide small-group discussions and problem solving, hold help sessions and office hours outside of class, and provide feedback on learning to both the instructor and students.
Dr. Boyer is in the Dean’s Office of the College of Science & Mathematics at North Dakota State University and serves as the director of the College’s Learning Assistants (CSM LA) program. This academic year, the CSM LA Program has placed 105 learning assistants in over 50 classrooms. Nearly 5500 students have worked with LAs through the program. At NDSU LAs have proven to be an effective strategy for decreasing DFW rates and improving learning gains. LAs help faculty incorporate active learning methods in high enrollment courses and support the development of increased classroom interactions. Research has also shown that learning gains of students in LA-supported courses are significantly higher than those of students in non-LA supported courses and that the use of LAs contributes to curricular improvement in these courses.
Dr. Boyer also provides college-wide faculty development on designing curriculum, implementing active learning, developing and aligning assessment, and infusing technology. His research explores how active learning methods and undergraduate learning assistants contribute to the learning gains, achievement, retention and persistence of undergraduate STEM majors.
Register below to join us for lunch. We’d also like to invite you to attend an event that afternoon (May 9 from 3-4:00pm in the Badlands Room).
“How Undergraduate Assistants Can Help Create a Better Student Learning Environment: A Look at Campus Practices”
For this panel discussion, Dr. Boyer will be joined by several program directors and faculty at UND who utilize undergraduates as teaching assistants in their classrooms. Come hear more about the modes that we know work in our context and how you might structure an undergraduate learning experience for your students that also helps with the management of larger classes.
To register for both or either events (and reserve a lunch for the keynote) register by May 1 here: https://und.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4NL9VZTgQEbtyC1
Parking InformationUnless special parking arrangements have been stated above, off-campus guests for this event may use the pay-as-you-go option in the Parking Ramp (corner of 2nd Ave N and Columbia Road), the Visitor Lot (off Centennial Drive), or a Parking Meter. Parking in any other parking lot on-campus requires a parking pass which can be purchased directly through UND Parking and Transportation Services, 3925 Campus Rd Stop 9030 (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday).
Other Events on This Day
- Semester Examination Period (All Day)
- Zemer Peled's Suspension and Susana Amundarain paintings (All Day)
- Sunrise Yoga (6 AM)
- Asbestos Supervisor Initial (8 AM)
- Zen in 10 (9 AM)
- Snow Country Prison (9 AM)
- Zemer Peled's Suspension and Susana Amundarain Paintings (9 AM)
- Mollie Douthit Paintings (9 AM)
- Zen in 10 (9:30 AM)
- PreSchool Storytime (10 AM)
- Zen in 10 (10:10 AM)
- Zen in 10 (10:40 AM)
- Faculty Handbook Committee Meeting (11 AM)
- "Who Done It" Book Club (12 PM)
- Dr. Jeff Boyer | “Using Undergraduate Learning Assistants: A Practical and Pedagogically Sound Approach” (12:30 PM)
- Weekly meeting of the Senate Budget Restructuring and Reallocation Committee (4:30 PM)
- This & That Book Club (7 PM)
- Study Break Snacks (8 PM)