Faculty report that Learning Assistants have provided an additional view into students' perceptions and learning in their course. Learning Assistants can be used to practice grammar in a foreign language, scaffold a student struggling with a problem set, or ensure understanding of a text through discussion.
When asked, “What is the best part about having a Learning Assistant?” in Spring 2021, faculty shared the following:
“Everyone who is part of the class benefits from having Learning Assistants! Students in the class feel supported after hours (which is often when they are working on their assignments) and have the perspective of another student who has already taken the class. The Learning Assistants learn and grow so much as a result of repeating the course and helping others through the material, in addition to all the skills you asked about in the previous question. And, I benefit by having my students feel important and valued, and the quality of work they produce under the guidance and help of the learning assistants is always better than without them!”
“Having a student perspective on the curriculum and how we teach it. Having someone who is tuned in to what parts of the curriculum interest students most, as well as where they might be struggling. Talking through pedagogy with someone who is just starting out and still exploring their own interests in teaching & mentoring.”
“Learning from them! They offer useful perspective. Especially for me, as I'm new here and haven't worked with Bowdoin students before. They help me figure out what my expectations should be.” “I have learned so much about the student perspective on work load/assignments and the LA has helped me devise some creative approaches and to refine the assignments.”