Central approach at University of Twente is student-driven learning, where students are (co)responsible for their own learning process. To facilitate this and to enhance quality of education in general, students are appointed as Learning Assistants (LAs). Tasks include supporting other students in labwork, groupwork, tutoring and (online) tutorials. CELT offers pedagogical and didactical training to support LAs in their tasks.
This training was redesigned in 2020, with more attention for the learning process of students. The intervention is not only meant to support students’ learning, but also to contribute to efficient and continuous learning of LAs themselves.
The goal is to support LAs to support students’ learning and to enhance efficient and continuous learning of LAs.
Content of the training is:
- Basic generic pedagogical and didactical skills
- Reflection and other learning skills
General objectives include:
- LAs show a reflective, professional attitude aimed at improving their practice as LA;
- LAs understand goals, learning activities and assessment of the course in which they work;
- LAs make the shift from learner to educator perspective and role.
Two trainings with the duration of one month and a 4 month trajectory have been developed, aimed at LAs with different tasks and roles. The training and trajectory have been designed in a blended (online) format.
For Learning assistants.
Learning assistants are:
- Student Assistants: assisting teachers by supporting student learning e.g., during practicals
- Tutors: guide students during group work in the project process
- Learning Assistant Expert: assist student learning and groupwork, also assist teachers in educational design
1: LA practitioner – Student Assistant
2: LA practitioner – Tutor
3: LA Expert = LA practitioner + intervision/theory sessions