Faculty FAQs

This page provides information to faculty interested in working with Learning Fellows. The application links are for faculty only; students, please do not use this page to apply for placements as Learning Fellows. The student application and FAQs are here.

Who are Learning Fellows?

Learning Fellows are talented Dartmouth undergraduates who help professors enhance and streamline their classroom learning environments. 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.

How do I request Learning Fellows for my course?

Each term, around midterms, we ask faculty to apply for Learning Fellows in their upcoming courses. Please look for our announcements in the Dartmouth VOX, or contact the program manager.

The online application will take about 10 minutes to fill out and will be reviewed by members of the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL) and the instructional design team in Educational Technologies. We try to partner as many faculty and fellows as we can. Please note that we can only place Learning Fellows in courses that use (or will use) active or experiential learning techniques. If you have questions about adding active or experiential learning to your course, please get in touch with DCAL or EdTech.

How might a Learning Fellow enhance my course?

Faculty working with Learning Fellows have reported that:

  • Learning Fellows can engage with students of different learning needs, including at-risk students.
  • Learning Fellows can reduce the professor’s workload in answering routine questions.
  • Learning Fellows provide clear, just-in-time feedback regarding the progress of the course.
  • Students arrive to class better prepared to discuss material and handle new problems.

For more information on how Learning Fellows might be beneficial in the classroom, please see The Learning Assistants Alliance and Teaching with Learning Assistants.

What compensation do Learning Fellows receive?

Learning Fellows at Dartmouth receive an hourly wage for their time and formal training in facilitation from the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL) and the Instructional Design team in Educational Technologies. Learning Fellows are chosen from students who have previously completed the course, by permission of the professor. Learning Fellows are expected to work 6-10 hours a week, including attending all classroom sessions.

Do I have to recruit, hire, or train the Fellows?

No. Members of DCAL and Instructional Design handle the recruitment, application, and training of Learning Fellows. We select potential Learning Fellows from students who have previously taken the course (or a very similar one). A list of finalists is submitted to the professor for review and with the professor’s approval, DCAL and Instructional Design issue letters of acceptance. DCAL and Instructional Design handle all of the paperwork associated with hiring and paying the Fellows, and we provide training to the Learning Fellows so that they are ready to facilitate small group activities in class.

What does the program expect from me?

Faculty who work with Learning Fellows are expected to:

  • Work with an instructional designer to select their Learning Fellow(s) and set expectations for the Learning Fellows.
  • Attend part of an orientation session with their Fellow(s). The faculty portion of the orientation session is 90 minutes.
  • Meet with their Learning Fellows weekly to discuss the progress of the course.
  • Make themselves available to the Learning Fellows for course-related communications.
  • Complete periodic assessments of the Learning Fellows program.

Please note that while Learning Fellows may fill a variety of roles within a course, they are not permitted to grade.

I teach a Gateway course. Do I need to apply for Learning Fellows?

No, there is no additional application process for Learning Fellows in Gateway courses. If you would like to work with Learning Fellows in your Gateway course, please contact the program manager.