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  1. Effective Use of Undergraduate Learning Assistants Best Practices in Course Redesign July 9, 2012 Dr. Megan E. Bradley, Professor of Psychology @ Frostburg State University mbradley@frostburg.edu

  2. What is a ULA? • Undergraduate-level student assistant • Learning not teaching • Answer questions • All email • Tutor • Some or all grading • Need recruitment requirements • Need

  3. What is a ULA? • Need recruitment requirements • Need training and continued monitoring • Need some sort of “payment” • But can be done for free • Need continued enticement so good ULAs will repeat experience

  4. Your turn • What are the issues you see in using ULAs? • What recruitment criteria do you think is important? • How much training/monitoring is needed before and during?

  5. Psyc150: General Psychology • Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland • Annual enrollment: About 900 • Mostly traditional students and 1st year students

  6. ULA Recruitment • Obtain list of Psychology majors with top GPAs • Submission of names to Department for feedback and approval • Contact students via email for initial interest • Individual or small group meetings • Done before registration

  7. ULA Responsibilities • Assigned 2 small groups (N = 12) of Psyc150 students for all online work • Grade Psyc150 student assignments based on rubrics • Online discussions: Moderate & grade using rubric • Answer student emails

  8. ULA Course • Psyc394: Learning Mentor in Psychology • Purpose • Field experience - Training • Review current research on peer learning & leadership/mentorship • Experience as peer mentor • Taught by Psyc150 instructor (adjunct)

  9. ULA Certificate Program • 6 crs: Pre-requisites • 3 cr: Psychology “Leadership” Courses • 3 cr: Psyc394 – Must earn a C • 6 cr: Electives: Step 2 or 3

  10. ULA internship & paid positions • Can work as intern for our department • ULA + research assistant • Become Supplemental Instructor • Trained by another office • Run 1-3 study sessions/week • Become Tutor • Trained by tutoring office