COVID-19 Announcement and Virtual Conference

In March, we announced that both the LA Research Symposium and International LA Conference would be remote in 2021. In June, we re-evaluated that decision to consider whether all or part of these events might be held in person this year, given changes in restrictions and circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Ultimately we decided to keep to our original decision for 2021. Be assured that the organizing committees are designing the conference and symposium with these goals in mind:

  1. Build from the successful experiences, content, and community established in last year’s remote events
  2. Include intentional activities for engagement among participants 
  3. Provide opportunities for content to be available asynchronously for those who want/need to view before/during/after the conference

2021 International LA Conference
October 23-25

The Learning Assistant Alliance and the University of Colorado Boulder LA Program will once again host this annual conference virtually in 2021.

The conference brings together new and mature programs to share ideas and experiences. Beginner and advanced user sessions are available. We will have a mix of asynchronous and synchronous sessions, and you can expect most synchronous sessions to be in a workshop style, with breakout rooms and opportunities for small groups of participants to engage in discussions and work together. A few sessions will be structured as panels or presentations.

We are happy to announce the inclusion of a complimentary LA component to the International LA Conference (ILAC) this year. Once faculty/staff attendees register for the conference, they will receive an email containing information on how to invite up to 2 LAs. The selected LAs can attend the Saturday afternoon programming (2-6 pm Mountain Standard Time) with their faculty/staff mentor.

Visit this website for more detailed information, links to registration, and scholarship application.

Representative sessions from recent conferences include:

Essential Elements Ways to Use LAs Supporting Faculty
Building, Scaling, and Sustaining LA Pedagogy Course Content Preparation Sessions
Evaluating Your Course Innovations and Program Learning About STEM Student Outcomes Assessment System LA Campus Program Management System

2021 LA Research Symposium
October 21-22

This two half-day virtual event will feature a mix of asynchronous and synchronous sessions, including a plenary talk, short research presentations, and a poster session. Similar to past years, the Research Symposium will be scheduled just prior to the International LA Conference. We hope attendees will be able to join both events. 

During the symposium, LA researchers can share their work and ideas with a small group of research-engaged and research-interested colleagues (limited to 45 participants). The format of the Research Symposium provides opportunities for colleagues to give and receive feedback on research projects related to the LA Model, and create and strengthen connections and collaborations within our community.

Presenters, participants, and submission reviewers are selected through an application process reviewed by the Symposium's Organizing Team, and a peer review process is used to select oral talks and poster presenters. Visit this website for more detailed information, links to the application, and schedule.

Regional LA Workshops

Paused for 2021 — consider requesting a virtual workshop or site visit for your campus/community

Regional Workshops are typically offered in the spring and summer, at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Regional Workshops provide the opportunity to bring together a smaller group of participants (~50) while at the same time reducing potential travel constraints by offering workshops around different regions of the country and at different times of the year.

Topics included in Regional Workshops are similar to those at the International LA Conference, with local specializations highlighted. Standard Regional Workshops include core sessions focused on LA model elements (integrating LAs into courses, weekly preparation sessions, LA pedagogy course), research and assessment, as well as information about starting, sustaining, and scaling LA Programs.

In addition to this core, many standard Regional Workshops feature sessions related to specific theme(s). Some Regional Workshops are focused solely on a specialized theme and do not include standard sessions; in these cases, this is communicated in the workshop description.

Regional LA Workshops are advertised to all members of the LA Alliance.

Interested in hosting a Regional LA Workshop in the next 1-3 years? Submit a Host Interest form