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  Session: Lecture and Classroom Posters
  Paper Type: Poster
  Title: Learning Assistants in Introductory Physics: Successes and Challenges at WVU
  Meeting: 2014 Summer Meeting: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  Location: N/A
  Time: 5:00PM
  Author: Paul M. Miller, West Virginia University
304-293-4939, paul.miller@mail.wvu.edu
  Co-Author(s): Jeffrey S. Carver, Kimberly Quedado
  Abstract: In the fall of 2011, the West Virginia University Learning Assistants (LA) program began. Since the funding came as a component of a larger grant, our situation was well-suited to replication. Our program was designed after attending the LA Workshop at the University of Colorado. From the perspective of three years of LAs in our courses, we report successes, challenges, and lessons learned for both semesters of calculus-based introductory physics. We present content learning gains (from the FMCE and CSEM) and attitudes (from the CLASS) data. We show that the program has improved learning gains overall and in some targeted categories, such as first-generation students. Finally, we document and explore differences in course readiness between fall and spring enrollees that were revealed through program assessment. (This project is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. EPS-1003907.)
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: Miller-AAPTMiller14small.pdf

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