Welcome to Carleton University’s Teaching Assistant (TA) Website



TAs are on the front line of teaching, and contribute greatly to undergraduate education at Carleton. This website was specifically created to help support your work as a teaching assistant and keep you informed of the resources, support measures and initiatives to aid in your personal and professional development.


Fall 2020 TA Training Information is here:



Welcome to all new and returning TAs!

Due to the high demand for our live workshop sessions we are recording the sessions and will post on our new cuLearn page “TA Central Hub: Training & Resources” ** as they become available

TA Central Hub: Training & Resources
A cuLearn page just for TAs that offers pre-recorded training videos, resource materials, and a forum for TAs to share resources related to online teaching
Click here to self-enroll: https://culearn.carleton.ca/moodle/course/view.php?id=150661

The EDC is thrilled to start the Fall 2020 online term. As courses have moved online, it is understandable that as TAs, this can be perceived as a challenging and unfamiliar approach. But – fear not! There is a variety of training material available to you.

TAs can play an integral role in supporting course instructors and students. A clear and practical plan will help you, the instructor, and your students have a successful term.

The Educational Development Centre (EDC) has developed online training modules, resources, and other virtual events for TAs, focusing primarily on online teaching. Aside from resources and training videos, the EDC will be offering live workshops (virtually) that will cover:

  • TA Basics 101: Being a Teaching Assistant in a Digital Environment. This Q & A session is offered several times in September. To register: go to Carleton Central to register: central.carleton.ca/ 
  • Conducting online tutorials
  • Facilitating break-out rooms
  • Moderating online lectures
  • Virtual office hours
  • Providing feedback and grades digitally
  • Online student engagement

There will also sessions focusing on general pedagogical themes including:

  • Creating a Teaching Philosophy Statement
  • Time Management
  • Developing a Workshop from Scratch
  • LGBTQ and the Classroom: creating a safe and inclusive space
  • Mental Health and Self-care
  • Motivation
  • Running Effective Tutorials Online
  • Basics of Being an International TA
  • Supporting Students with a Disability


Live Workshops

TAs can register for live sessions through Carleton Central

  • (Carleton Central → TA Management → TA Training Registration → Training sessions)
  • All training offered during the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 terms will count towards the 5 hours of paid pedagogical training that all TAs are eligible for once per academic year.




Zoom for TAs:  Facilitating Online Breakout Rooms, Tutorials and Office Hours
Thursday, Sept. 10th: 3:00 – 4:30

Zoom for TAs:  Facilitating Online Breakout Rooms, Tutorials and Office Hours

Tuesday, Sept. 15th: 11:00 – 12:30

BigBlueButton for TAs: Facilitating Online Breakout Rooms, Tutorials and Office Hours
Friday, Sept. 11th: 11:00 – 12:30

Increasing Student Engagement through Forums – A guide for TAs
Monday, Sept. 14th:  1:00 – 2:30

Rubrics and Feedback: How to Mark Assignments Digitally as TAs
Tuesday, Sept 15th: Time TBD

Navigating cuLearn and its Tools as a TA
Wed. Sept. 16th: 1:00 – 2:30

Check back. More workshops will be added throughout the Fall Term!

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