Learning Assistant Program

Learning Assistant Program

The University of Montana Learning Assistant (LA) Program gives undergraduate students who have successfully completed a course an opportunity to return to that course as a Learning Assistant.

Working closely with the course instructor and taking a seminar in evidence-based learning practices designed specifically for them, Learning Assistants become well-versed in research-based instructional strategies, and they discuss their experiences with other Learning Assistants around campus. The course instructors collaborate with the Learning Assistants in weekly meetings where they discuss course materials and provide feedback to one another.

LA’s are classroom volunteers, but they are able to earn up to three upper-division credits, which can go towards experiential learning requirements.

Once the student has completed the Learning Assistant Program, they have the option to move on to be a Learning Assistant Mentor. This role helps new and current LAs with their programs, leads the weekly seminars, and assists in the recruitment and selection of the next set of LAs. Mentors can earn a stipend of $1,000 per semester.

There were 31 instructors who mentored Learning Assistants in the 2020-2021 academic year, impacting over 1,700 UM students.

For more information, or to apply to the fall 2021 Learning Assistant Program, go here: https://coehs.umt.edu/nsfnoyce/default.php

Contact: Josh Herring, LA Program Coordinator, josh.herring@mso.umt.edu.