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  Session: Introductory Courses
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Investigating the Effects of Learning Assistant - Supported Active Learning Environments
  Meeting: 2017 Summer Meeting: Cincinnati, Ohio
  Location: N/A
  Time: 9:00AM
  Author: Mary K. Nyaema,, Florida International University,
3194001658, mnyaema@fiu.edu
  Co-Author(s): Idaykis Rodriguez, Hagit Leshem, Laird Kramer, Oscar Diaz
  Abstract: Our expanded multi-site study on active learning classrooms supported by Learning Assistants (LAs) aims to understand the connections between three classroom elements: the activity, student learning, and how LAs support the learning process in the classroom. At FIU, LAs are used in a variety of active learning settings, from large auditorium settings to studio classroom with movable tables. With an emphasis on the amount of time spent on active learning in class, we considered factors such as classroom activities, instructional practices, patterns of student engagement and student outcomes. Preliminary results show that LAs spend more time interacting with students in some classes, regardless of the classroom setting, while in other classrooms, LA-student interactions are mostly brief. We will discuss to what extent do activities and instructional practices contribute to student engagement and help them learn.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: AAPT_Presentation_final_ready.pptx

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