TA Training FAQs

“Where do I go to learn about and/or register for TA Training sessions?”

“What’s the difference between Compliance Training and Pedagogical Training?”

“I still have questions about Compliance and Pedagogical Training. Can you connect me to any other resources?”

“Live workshops, information sessions, and orientations sessions are my only options for Pedagogical Training, right?” Wrong!

“What other EDC resources are there to help me as a TA? as an aspiring teacher / professor?”

 “Where do I go to learn about and/or register for TA Training sessions?”

Website What It Offers
Carleton Central Information on & registration portal for most live workshops
TA Support Information on & registration instructions for live & online workshops, training opportunities beyond workshops, & more
Grad Navigate Information on & registration portal for more live workshops

Please double check your schedule to make sure you will be able to attend this session, which you are currently enrolled in. If you are for whatever reason no longer planning to attend this session, please be sure to deregister so the spot opens up to students on the waitlist.

In general, please be courteous and think of others whenever you register for a workshop. Occupying a spot on the registration list for a session you aren’t planning to attend actively interferes with your fellow TAs’ professional development as well as their completion of their pedagogical training hours.

 “What’s the difference between Compliance Training and Pedagogical Training?”

  Compliance Training Pedagogical Training
Status & Eligibility Mandatory training for all Carleton employees, including all TAs; to be completed only once in your time as a Carleton employee Voluntary training open to all graduate TAs, every academic year, provided they have at least one 65+ hour assignment during the Fall/Winter terms
Time & Pay Rate 5 hours at regular graduate TA wage; all 5 hours paid out after all training is completed 5 hours at regular graduate TA wage; hours worked, up to max of 5 hours per year, paid out at end of term
Completion Deadlines First 4-6 weeks of employment Anytime between Sept.-Nov. 30 (Fall-only TAs) & Jan.-Mar. 30 (Fall/Winter & Winter-only TAs).
Note: to be eligible for payment, training must be completed during the term you hold your TA assignment
Governing Office Human Resources Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs
Training Consists of… 5+ online workshops (3 on AODA, 1 on Workplace Violence, & 1 on Health & Safety) Live & online workshops, orientation & info sessions, microteaching, peer mentoring, peer feedback, workshop contributor or creator, & more
Accessing the Training TA Support Website Carleton Central,
TA Support Website, & Grad Navigate
Tracking Progress / Completion The “Learning and Development” tab on Carleton Central The “TA Training” tab on Carleton Central

“I still have questions about Compliance and Pedagogical Training. Can you connect me to any other resources?”

Resource
EDC Blog, “The New Collective Agreement and What it Means For You”
EDC Blog, “Answering Your Questions about Tracking and Payment of Compliance and Pedagogical Training”
EDC FAQs, section 3

“Live workshops, information sessions, and orientation sessions are my only options for Pedagogical Training, right?” Wrong!

Alternate Training Opportunity Description & Logistics (full details here) Paid Training Hours & EDC Credit Available
Online Workshops One fully online workshop on “Academic Integrity”, plus two “blended” online workshops 1.0-1.5 training hours, 1.0 EDC credit
Microteaching Give a teaching demonstration, get feedback on your teaching, & provide colleagues with feedback on their teaching. Largely self-directed, with some paperwork. Mandatory online module prior to microteaching session. 4.0-5.0 training hours, 2.0 EDC credits
Peer Feedback TAs pair up to give / receive feedback on their teaching.
Reviewee: a colleague provides feedback on your teaching.
Reviewer: you provide feedback on a colleague’s teaching. Largely self-directed, with some paperwork. Mandatory online module for reviewee prior to feedback session.
Reviewee: 1.0 training hour, 1.0 EDC credit if the subject of a response paper. Reviewer: 3.0 training hours, 2.0 EDC credits
Peer Mentoring An experienced & inexperienced TA pair up, meet on a regular basis, discuss teaching matters of concern to the inexperienced TA. Largely self-directed, with some paperwork. 0.5 training hours per meeting up to a max of 3.0 hours, 1.0 EDC credit for every 2 meetings up to a max of 3.0 credits
TA Article Write an article on a pre-determined theme in which you engage with the research to help advise your peers in their efforts to improve their teaching. Largely self-directed. 2.5 training hours per article, with a max of 2 articles; capstone project for the Certificate in TA Skills program (can earn 1.0 EDC credit for a 2nd article)
Voice of Experience / Workshop Panelist Get involved directly in a live TA workshop as a panelist or contributor. Usually mentor or department initiated. Session dependent (Min. 0.5 & max.1.5 training hours), 1.0 EDC credit
Workshop Creator Get involved directly in a live TA workshop as a workshop creator. Often mentor or department initiated. If done with in partnership with the EDC, includes some paperwork, including a lesson plan review / consult Session dependent (Min. 3.5 & max. 5.0 training hours), 2.0 EDC credits

“What other EDC resources are there to help me as a TA? as an aspiring teacher / professor?”

Service Requirements & Registration What It Does for You
Certificate in Teaching Assistant Skills Requirements: 10 EDC credits, 2 response pieces, 1 article. To register, click here. Certificate confirming training, eligible for the Co-Curricular Record, self-directed with flexible timelines, compatible with Pedagogical Training, build confidence as a TA
Preparing to Teach Certificate Program Requirements: 10 weeks of face-to-face meetings plus online modules, 4 assignments, regular readings, attendance & participation. For information about upcoming cohorts, click here. Certificate confirming training, build your first syllabus, write your teaching philosophy statement & begin preparing your teaching dossier, feedback on your teaching, build confidence as a teacher or TA. Note: this course is reserved for upper-year PhD students.
Certificate in University Teaching Requirements: 10 weeks of face-to-face meetings, 2 assignments, regular readings, attendance & participation. For information about upcoming cohorts, click here. Certificate confirming training, develop a deeper understanding of pedagogy, enhance teaching skills, and explore new approaches to instruction. Note: This program is open only to Carleton graduate students who have taught a course at Carleton as a Contract Instructor.
Certificate in Blended and Online Teaching and Learning Requirements: 10 weeks of face-to-face meetings plus online modules, regular readings, attendance & participation. For information about upcoming cohorts, click here. Certificate confirming training, develop a ready-to-use online module, learn effective practices for engaging & motivating students in online environments. Note: This program is open only to Carleton graduate students who have taught a course at Carleton as a Contract Instructor.
Pedagogical Training Registration: live workshops on Carleton Central, alternate training options on TA Support Website Complete your paid training hours, simultaneously earn EDC credits towards the Certificate in TA Skills, build confidence for your TA duties, learn strategies to help you succeed as a TA
TA Mentor Program Select departments only. For a list of participating departments, click here. In-house targeted training of most relevance to TAs in your department/discipline