About the LA Program
Originating at the University of Colorado Boulder, the Learning Assistant Program is designed to train undergraduate students in education, to enhance their own learning, to help their fellow undergraduates, and to inspire the pursuit of education as a career. The program began at Boston University in Spring 2011 in Chemistry, and has since expanded to several other departments. Expansion of the program within existing departments and into new departments is planned for Fall 2016.
Here at BU, the goal of our program is to improve student learning, both that of the LAs themselves, and of the students who are taking the courses with LAs. We also aim to prepare undergraduate students for careers in education, or careers involving educational best practices.
Our philosophy is “Learn to teach; teach to learn.” By learning how to teach, LAs don’t simply master pedagogical skills; they become lifelong learners.