Teaching Assistant Orientation

TA Orientation (TAO) Students listen to a presentation in an auditorium classroom

Congratulations on being selected as a Teaching Assistant at Georgia Tech! You probably have some questions about what is expected of you in this role and what resources are available to help. Through TAO, you will learn about your new responsibilities, the policies that govern your work, and useful tools to apply in your course. Your work in this role is 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 and your school/department might have additional requirements to help you prepare for your role.

Note: 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.

Fall 2021 New TA Orientation

 

PART 1: GT TA TRAINING CANVAS COURSE

The Institute-wide training requirement for new TAs is satisfied by completing these five asynchronous modules in the GT TA Training Canvas course. You can self-enroll in this Canvas course using the link below.

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

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 Canvas course, you will find one additional optional (but highly recommended!) asynchronous module that can help increase your efficiency with our learning management system.

Module 6: Canvas Tips for TAs

New TAs can self-enroll using the button below. Returning TAs who have previously completed training do not need to repeat this course.

PART 2: TA ORIENTATION WORKSHOPS

In addition to completing the required asynchronous Canvas modules, new TAs are invited to extend their training by participating in these TA Orientation workshops. While these workshops are not required to satisfy the Institute-wide training, they are strong recommended. In addition, your school or department might require you to attend one or more of these workshops.

Preparing for the First Day of Class | Friday, August 20, 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. | Clough Commons Room 102
Canvas Hacks for TAs | Tuesday, August 24, 5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.| Remote Synchronous at https://bluejeans.com/7192155351
Planning for Effective Teaching | Thursday, August 26, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | Klaus 1116 East & West
Helping Students Learn through Office Hours | Tuesday, August 31, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | Klaus 1116 East & West
Advanced Grading using Speedgrader, Rubrics and More | Wednesday, September 1, 5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. | Remote Synchronous at https://bluejeans.com/7192155351
Supporting Students Academic Well-being | Thursday, September 2, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | Remote Synchronous at 
https://bluejeans.com/7192155351

PART 3: INTERNATIONAL TA ORIENTATION

International students new to the U.S./American education system should attend International TA Orientation to learn more about specific resources to help you thrive in this experience. Select either of these sessions to attend.

International TAO | Friday, August 20, 4:00 p.m - 5:15 p.m Eastern Time | Clough Commons Room 102
International TAO | Friday, August 27, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Eastern Time | Remote Synchronous at https://bluejeans.com/821828272/1662


Fall 2021 New TA Orientation for OMS TAs

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 Canvas course, you will find an optional (but highly recommended!) asynchronous module:

Developmental Module: What You Should Know About Grading

SELF-ENROLL in GT TA Training for OMS TAs

In addition to the asynchronous module covering the Technologies and Platforms used in OMS programs, there is a live synchronous session where you will have an opportunity to talk with and ask questions from various Georgia Tech technology experts. To get the most out of these sessions it is advised to first complete the asynchronous training module Core Module 5.  This session will have two live offerings this Fall: 
 

Technology and Platform Experts Q&A | Thursday, August 19, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. EST | Remote Synchronous at https://bluejeans.com/128728713/9738
Technology and Platform Experts Q&A | Wednesday August, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. EST | Remote Synchronous at https://bluejeans.com/610126702/3409
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