The pedagogy course serves as a condensed personal development training in which LAs acquire knowledge of collaborative pedagogy techniques that will help the LAs 1) develop themselves as better learners and discussion leaders, 2) learn about formative assessment and bridging techniques, 3) build teaching, communication, inclusivity and anti-racism skills that shall engage all students, and 4) get introduced to and participate in engineering education research. Usually, in the form of a seminar or a reading group, the pedagogy course meets once a week for 50 minutes to discuss reading assignments, brainstorm ideas to implement research-based learning techniques in the classroom, and reflect on class dynamics. LAs are required to attend the pedagogy course while performing their LA duties. At the end of the semester, LAs receive a grade (S/U grade) that reflects their performance in the LA role.
The Pedagogy Course is a 1-credit BME Special Topics Course, BME 4931 Educational Methods for BME Learning Assistants (LAs). Students who have applied and were accepted into the LA program must contact the BME undergraduate advisor coordinator, Kelly Stalter (firstname.lastname@example.org), to register for BME4931.