Learning Assistant Program
LA vs other models
How does a Learning Assistant (LA) differ from other peer-instruction models?
There are a handful of peer-instruction models that are on the campus (probably more than listed below):
- TAs (Teaching Assistants) - Typically grad students. Often do grading, often teach on their own (courses, labs, recitations, etc.). They do not usually attend the course or class taught by the professor. A very common peer-instruction model in academia.
- Academic tutors - Top students (undergrads) who recently took the course. Hired by tutoring centers or departments to offer general help sessions on various topics. They do not concurrently attend the classes they tutor for and generally help students with their out-of-class assignments and exam preparation. Students only benefit from this kind of tutoring if they seek it out. Also a very common model in higher education.
- SI Leaders - (Supplemental Instruction) - SI Leaders are often described as "course-integrated tutors." They attend the course they are tutoring for, so they have a lot of context when it comes to helping those students.