TA Orientation Resources Page

For fall 2019 TA Orientation participants, this page provides a resource of handouts and supplemental material to help you continue to prepare for your job as a teaching assistant.

General Session: TA Policies and Procedures | As you begin your role as a teaching assistant, become familiar with important policies that govern your work.

The Center for Teaching and Learning provides this webpage about basic academic policies and procedures. While faculty manage many of these procedures, TAs should understand FERPA, academic integrity, and the Office of Disability Services.

Breakout session 1: All About Grading | Don’t let grading dominate your life! All About Grading will give you the tools to make grading manageable, consistent, and fair. You will learn to construct a rubric, provide feedback, and properly manage grading challenges to help you become a consistent and efficient grader.

Breakout session 2: Effective Communication and Presentation Skills | How do some speakers keep their audience in rapt attention, while clearly communicating complex ideas? In this session, you will learn techniques for effective classroom communication and practice presenting yourself confidently and effectively in the classroom and in your future careers.

Breakout session 3: TA Teaching Tips | Are you feeling a bit anxious about your first day on the job as a TA? Whether you have some teaching experience or none at all, we’ve got you covered with TA Teaching Tips. Whether you will be a lecture, lab, or recitation TA, pick up student-centered teaching strategies to help plan your first lessons and beyond.

Breakout session 4: Helping Students Learn | Examine case studies based on actual teaching and learning challenges. We'll discuss how to translate research on learning into effective practice for your classroom, lab, and office hours.

How Learning Works explains leading learning theories and practical interventions to support student learning.

Breakout session 5: Canvas Hacks for TAs | As a TA, you may have duties for grading, grade management, and online course support that require you to use Canvas as an instructor. This session will give you an insider’s tour of the campus learning management system.

Find training materials and support for Canvas.

Make-up TAO Resources

Here are the slides from the make-up TA Orientation on August 27. Coming soon!

International TA Orientation

Graduate students who are new to the United States attended ITAO to learn about the culture, students, and teaching techniques typically found in the American college classroom. Did you miss it? Check out the slides. Coming soon!

Want more teaching resources?

Check out the Center for Teaching and Learning's teaching workshop series for TAs, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars.


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