Peer Learning Assistants


The Division of Academic Enhancement partners with units across UGA to support peer learning through the Peer Learning Assistants Program. Peer Learning Assistants (PLAs) facilitate learning by guiding student groups and providing supplementary support inside the classroom.

The Peer Learning Assistants Program is an approved Experiential Learning activity, which is documented as an EL “Internship” on an EL Transcript (ELT). This may fulfill part of students' EL Requirement (ELR) depending on the student's major.

The Peer Learning Assistant Program consists of three groups:


PLAdawgs

PLAdawgs assist their peers in STEM courses, such as Chemistry and Biology, by facilitating discussion and learning activities during the course. In addition to this, PLAdawgs must attend a 1-hour weekly meeting with the instructor of the course they are supporting and enroll in a 1-hour course to learn about pedagogy methods for effective teaching. The PLAdawgs program is supported by the USG STEM IV initiative.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please call 706-542-0163 or email peerlearningassistants@uga.edu.

PLAleaders

PLAleaders assist and mentor their peers in UNIV courses by facilitating discussion and learning activities, as well as by offering hours outside of the course meeting times. In addition to this, PLAleaders must attend a 1-hour weekly meeting with the instructor of the course they are supporting and enroll in a 1-hour course to learn about pedagogy methods for effective teaching.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please call 706-542-0163 or email peerlearningassistants@uga.edu.

PLAreactors

PLAreactors assist their peers in courses that utilize Reacting to the Past in their curriculum. Reacting to the Past is an award-winning, game-based pedagogy that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries, puts students at the center of the classroom, and gives both students and faculty unique opportunities to engage in active learning. 

Created by Mark C. Carnes at Barnard College, Columbia University to enliven his first-year seminars, Reacting now contributes to learning environments across the world at over 300 institutions. Reacting to the Past consists of elaborate role-immersion games, set in a specific time and place. Students play roles and work in factions during a structured multi-day or multi-week game, speaking and writing in character on issues of the day. Faculty serve as gamemasters and offer instruction as guide and mentor all while calling on their disciplinary expertise. 

To learn more, visit http://www.reacting.uga.edu or contact Naomi J. Norman at reacting@uga.edu