Faculty course modification Incentive Grant-Maine Learning Assistant Program
The application for Fall 2018 undergraduate Maine Learning Assistant is now open!
Apply today at https://umaine.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eFoItX89ajyxsix.
Application review will begin on April 9, 2018 and continue until all positions are filled.
The FIG-MLA program
- improves the quality of undergraduate STEM education,
- promotes research-based teaching,
- prepares talented STEM majors for careers in teaching,
- encourages institutional change in the way STEM courses are taught
The FIG-MLA Program aims to strengthen instruction and learning outcomes in undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses. The program is a part of the Learning Assistant Alliance, an international collaboration with over 200 member institutions. The FIG-MLA program is modeled after the highly successful program developed at the University of Colorado Boulder. The program began in 2012 under a large grant awarded to the RiSE Center through the National Science Foundation’s Math and Science Partnership program. Due to the demonstrated effectiveness of the FIG-MLA program, it is now funded through the University of Maine. Since the successful initiative’s start, 38 instructors with 37 courses in 14 departments have received awards. In addition, 236 undergraduate students have been hired as MLAs in STEM classes.
STEM instructors submit grant proposals for modifying a course to include more evidence-based and student-centered teaching strategies, such as the use of clicker questions, collaborative group work, think-pair-share, and others. Proposals include the use of undergraduate Maine Learning Assistants (MLAs) in the class to help instructors implement course modifications.
MLAs serve as peer instructors, facilitating group work and assisting faculty as they transform their course to incorporate more interactive-engagement and student-centered instruction. MLAs learn to use innovative, research-based instructional strategies, develop relevant pedagogical skills, deepen their content understanding, and have the opportunity to explore their interest in STEM teaching, while participating in a vibrant community of peers and faculty.
Click here for the 2016-17 Program Report!
Current and Past FIG-MLA Instructors and Courses