1. UPDATES
    1. TA Central Hub: Training & Resources
  2. Welcome to all new and returning TAs!
  3. Resources
  4. Live Workshops
  5. Dates
    1. Increasing Student Engagement Through Forums: a guide for TAs  (Mon. Sept. 28 10am – 12pm)
    2. TA Panel Discussion (Mon. Sept 28 – 1pm – 2:30pm)
    3. TA Basics 101: Being a Teaching Assistant in a Digital Environment (Wed. Sept. 30 11am – 1pm)
  6. Check back. More workshops will be added throughout the Fall Term!
  7. Online Technology
  8. Other Helpful Resources
  9. Info all grad students/TAs should be aware of:
  10. DON’T SEE ANSWER TO A QUESTION YOU HAVE? CONTACT US AND WE’LL HELP!

UPDATES

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:

Welcome to all new and returning TAs!

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

Resources

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.

Dates

Increasing Student Engagement Through Forums: a guide for TAs  (Mon. Sept. 28 10am – 12pm)

TA Panel Discussion (Mon. Sept 28 – 1pm – 2:30pm)

(Led by experienced teaching assistants, this session will offer advice and answers to your questions about TA duties and your role in an online environment)

TA Basics 101: Being a Teaching Assistant in a Digital Environment (Wed. Sept. 30 11am – 1pm)

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

Online Technology

Tool Description Support Site
cuLearn A) “TA Central Hub: Training & Resources” page exclusively for teaching assistants. A space for TAs to find pre-recorded training videos, share teaching materials, tools, tips, and engage in discussion with others. Share your resources! Find resources helpful to you. B) The online classroom. Post content and media, send mail and announcements, facilitate forums, create and administer quizzes, give feedback on assignments, and manage grades. Models and exemplars of various activities and assessments are available for viewing on the cuLearn Tools site. All TAs can self-enrol in this page after logging in to cuLearn.
BigBlueButton Web conferencing tool for virtual meetings (<100 people). Works best on Chrome browser.
Kaltura Capture Lecture/screen recording tool available to all Carleton University members.
cuPortfolio Digital space for students to create and display collections of academic works. Especially powerful for reflective and experiential learning.
Zoom Web conferencing tool for virtual meetings (groups of up to 300).

Other Helpful Resources

Online teaching

Creating a grading rubric
Help to Keep on Teaching EDC’s Teaching Resources
Carleton’s Academic Integrity Policy Feedback from your course instructor
Teaching with Technology #1 cuLearn support for TAs
Teaching with Technology #2 Top Ten Tips to Keep on Studying

Info all grad students/TAs should be aware of:

Graduate Students Coronavirus Updates
Canada Emergency Student Benefit Carleton’s Therapy Dogs Offering Virtual Cheer on Instagram
Self-care FAQs (from Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs)

DON’T SEE ANSWER TO A QUESTION YOU HAVE? CONTACT US AND WE’LL HELP!