Learning from peers in science and mathematics classes
As a science student, you will discover and be pleasantly surprised by OSU's student-centered methods of teaching and learning. Your learning will be strengthened by peer engagement and increased student discourse during lecture in large enrollment science and mathematics courses.
OSU and the College of Science have emerged as pioneers in shaping a new era of improved science teaching, replacing the traditional lecture format with active learning strategies to maximize student engagement and learning in STEM courses. Studies have shown that students learn and retain key disciplinary concepts more effectively when instructors adopt evidence-based pedagogical approaches, such as interactive engagement with frequent feedback, in large introductory classes. At OSU, peer learning assistants facilitate discussions and collaborative learning in the classroom, promoting student learning skills and higher-order cognition that are important for success in science and mathematics majors.
Make your voice heard in a large classroom
In an OSU science or mathematics introductory class, you will never just be part of the crowd or left to your own resources to grapple with complex course material. Instructors and learning assistants will guide you to success by providing targeted feedback and useful interactions during class that will improve your problem solving skills and help you master foundational concepts.
The OSU Learning Assistant (LA) program aims to improve education and success of all STEM students and to promote use of evidence-based instructional strategies. Begun by biology faculty and award-winning educators Devon Quick and Lori Kayes and Dennis Bennett (Writing Center), the LA program has grown to impact 3500-4500 students per term. The program originated in integrative biology and has spread to other units, including physics, engineering, math, and more. In Fall 2017, the OSU LA Program had more than 100 LAs working with 19 different faculty, impacting more than 4,582 STEM students per term. Overall, courses transformed with the help of LAs have increased their student success rates. LAs help with introductory classes in biochemistry and biophysics, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics as well as engineering.