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Abstract Title: Learning Assistants and their Contributions to a Curriculum Development Project
Abstract: At Boston University, we are in the first year of an NSF-funded curriculum development project examining the effectiveness of simulations as dynamic visual representations for learning physics concepts. This study is being conducted in a multi-section, algebra-based, introductory physics class for life science students, taught in a highly interactive studio classroom.  In addition to the teaching staff of this course, each section employs undergraduate Learning Assistants (LAs) as key members of the instructional team.  We have been investigating how to utilize the insights and experiences of LAs to support traditional curriculum development methods, drawing on the expertise of the LAs to assist in the design of the curriculum as well as help in its pedagogical implementation.  We will report on our exploration of this new framework for the use of LAs for education research and course development.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B41

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Manher Jariwala
Boston University
590 Commonwealth Avenue
Department of Physics, Boston University
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 6173535766
and Co-Presenter(s)
Emily Allen, Boston University
Andrew Duffy, Boston University