Who are Learning Fellows?

Learning Fellows are talented Dartmouth undergraduates interested in teaching and education. Learning Fellows work directly with Dartmouth professors to enhance and streamline classroom learning environments. In class, Learning Fellows help facilitate group problem solving sessions, lead small group dialogues, provide academic support to their peers during lectures and labs, and promote deeper engagement with course material. There are several “types” of Learning Fellows on campus, each trained to addressed specific needs of faculty and students.

In which kinds of courses do Learning Fellows serve?

Learning Fellows work in courses throughout Dartmouth’s College of Arts and Sciences. Typically (but not always), they work in courses with more than 30 enrolled students. In Winter 2017, Learning Fellows served in these courses:

How are Learning Fellows selected?

Learning Fellows are chosen from students who have previously completed the professor’s course and have received a B grade or higher. Calls for applications are sent at the beginning of each term to all eligible students. Students interested in becoming Learning Fellows may approach their professors or our program at any time during the year to discuss upcoming opportunities. For more information on how Learning Fellows are selected, please visit our FAQ page.

Are Learning Fellows unique to Dartmouth?

Sort of. Our program is based off the Learning Assistants program at University of Colorado – Boulder. This model is used by many colleges and universities nationwide. Most courses that include Learning Assistants are introductory STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) courses that typically have very large enrollments. However, at Dartmouth, we encourage Learning Fellows in all of our courses, including the arts & humanities and social sciences. Our program also differs from other models because of our emphasis on “teaching huddles” – training sessions where faculty and students discuss their pedagogical strategies with one another. Because of this highly collaborative environment, we refer to our students as Learning Fellows.

Where can I learn more?

If you are a faculty member at Dartmouth interested in working with Learning Fellows, check out our Faculty FAQ page. If you’re a student interested in becoming a Learning Fellow, we have a special FAQ page just for you! Please get in touch with us at any time or visit these great websites, which outline more aspects of the Learning Assistants and Learning Fellows models:

The Learning Assistants Alliance @ UC Colorado – Boulder
Teaching with Learning Assistants @ SERC
The Learning Assistants Program @ Boston University