Online Learning Assistant Program (OLA)
What is a CAPS Online Learning Assistant (OLA)?
The Online Learning Assistant program was developed in collaboration with UNM Extended Learning. OLAs are trained CAPS tutors that are embedded in undergraduate online courses. They are UNM students who have previously taken the course and excelled. OLAs work with students under the instructor’s guidance during the duration of the course. They focus on helping improve student learning outcomes and foster engagement with course material and challenging course concepts. (OLAs are only available for main capmus courses.)
Benefits of having an Online Learning Assistant
- An OLA offers students in your course the perspective of an experienced student in class discussions.
- Through a peer tutoring model, OLAs can and build community among online students.
- It can help expose students to tutoring who may not seek it otherwise.
- OLAs are CAPS employees and thus your department does not inquire any cost in you having one for your course.
How do I request an OLA for my course?
Due to the limited number of tutors available, there is a short application process. Applications will be reviewed by a committee. Assignment of an OLA to a course will be dependent on tutor availability, the type of course and the way the OLA is incorporated into the curriculum. Applications will become available the semester prior to when the course will be offered.
Is my course the right fit for an Online Learning Assistant?
Here are some characteristics:
- The curriculum for your course allows for minor adjustments to incorporate the tutor.
- Your course has frequent, challenging assignments.
- It is a traditionally challenging course for undergraduate students.
Who can I contact for more information?
Please contact Dayra Fallad-Mendoza, Program Specialist for Online Learning at CAPS at 505-277-7059 or send her an email.
Role of Learning Assistants
Faculty/Instructor Roles and Expectations
As OLAs support your course we ask that you make the following commitments:
This is what the OLA will look like in your Learn course.