Graduate teaching assistants (GTA) and undergraduate teaching assistants (UTA) are an important part of Georgia Tech's ability to create and deliver a successful learning environment. This role is so important, in fact, that the USG Board of Regents requires all new TAs to complete training. The Center for Teaching and Learning provides Institute-wide training for new TAs; each school/department might have additional requirements to help new TAs prepare for the role.
NOTE: If you are a TA for OMS, scroll down to access information for your position.
There are 3 parts to TA Orientation:
- Completing the required basic training modules through either the GT TA TA Canvas Course or your department-specific training resource
- Optional participation in the virtual Spring 2023 TA Orientation Panel Discussion
- International TAs should attend International TA Orientation.
Part 1: Institute-wide GT TA Training Canvas Course
The Institute-wide training requirement for new GTAs and UTAs is satisfied by completing these seven asynchronous modules in the GT TA Training Canvas course. Returning TAs who have previously completed training may elect to refresh their knowledge but are not required to repeat this course.
Complete Spring 2023 training by Friday, January 13
Module 1: What you should know about FERPA
Module 2: What you should know about Disability Services
Module 3: What you should know about Academic Integrity
Module 4: What you should know about Online Communication
Module 5: What you should know about Grading
Module 6: What you should know about Inclusive Teaching
Module 7: Canvas Tips for TAs
Note: TAs from these units are trained through other resources:
- If your school offers CETL 8000 TA Training for GTAs or CETL 2000 TA Training for UTAs, you will complete your TA training through that course. The schools that offer these courses include: Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and the College of Computing. Check with your TA coordinator to learn more about enrolling in the appropriate course.
- If you are a TA for an Online Masters of Science (OMS) course, scroll down or click here to access the GT TA Training information for your program.
Part 2: Virtual Spring 2023 TA Orientation Panel Discussion
New and returning TAs are invited to join this virtual panel of experienced TAs to learn more about the various TA job duties and useful tips to help you succeed in this role. Bring your questions and meet several of the Graduate Teaching Fellows with the Center for Teaching and Learning!
Wednesday, January 18
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Part 3: International TA Orientation
Training for Online Masters of Science (OMS) TAs is contained in a separate Canvas shell in order to address specific aspects of this teaching and learning environment. OMS TAs will complete the following five modules to satisfy the Institute-wide TA training requirement:
Core Module 1: What you should know about FERPA
Core Module 2: What you should know about Disability Services
Core Module 3: What you should know about Academic Integrity
Core Module 4: What you should know about Online Communication
Core Module 5: Technology and Platform Training
Each of these modules concludes with a short knowledge quiz. Score 80% or higher on each quiz to satisfy the asynchronous TA Orientation requirement. Note: if you remove yourself from the Canvas course, CTL will not be able to verify your participation for your school/department.
In the GT TA Training and Development (OMS) Canvas course, you will find two optional (but highly recommended!) asynchronous modules:
Developmental Module: What You Should Know About Grading
Developmental Module: What You Should Know About Regular and Substantive Interaction