*Please note: Interested participants can submit a TA Article at any time before February 21st, 2020. No need to register via Carleton Central. If you’re a participant in the “Certificate in TA Skills” program, you will submit your article via the cuLearn page. If you’re not a participant in the Certificate program, simply email it directly to the EDC.
- Note: if you are a participant in the Certificate in TA Skills program, please consult the cuLearn page for instructions, deadlines, and related FAQs.
- The capstone project for the Certificate in TA Skills program, the TA Article is also a training option that is available to all teaching assistants (including teaching assistants who grade)
- Individuals can only submit two articles per academic year (Fall and Winter terms)
- Participants in EDC’s Certificate in Teaching Assistant Skills can count an article towards their 10 Training Sessions, but will still be expected to submit another article to complete the Article requirement
Note: if you are a participant in the Certificate in TA Skills program, please consult the cuLearn page for instructions, deadlines, and related FAQs.
Your TA Article should reflect what you have learned about teaching and, more specifically, your teaching philosophy through your experiences as a teaching assistant.
Articles are sometimes selected to be displayed on the TA Support website blog or distributed to teaching assistants in your department. These articles should be:
- 1-2 pages (single-spaced).
- Present an argument (the initial basis can be an observation, a best practice, or an anecdote) that fellow TAs can potentially use to inform their own teaching practices.
- Support that argument using academic references (the scholarship of teaching and learning).
- Address the theme of the year. The theme for the Fall/Winter 2019-2020 TA Article is “Accessibility in the University Classroom”. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) has set 2025 as the year when the province of Ontario should be fully accessible. Carleton University’s commitment to accessibility is outlined in its Coordinated Accessibility Strategy as well as “seven broad themes” developed to move the initiative forward. Reading through the provided links, you will note the “Education and Training” theme. Reflecting on your own experiences in the classroom (student, teacher, facilitator,etc) provide a constructive argument as to what you would introduce into the classroom given the opportunity to teach. Use academic sources to support your position and refer to current Carleton training and resources
- Accompanied by your completed self-assessment form.
Monday, February 21st, 2020 Last day to submit a 1st draft for a TA Article; no new Articles accepted after this date Friday, March 20th, 2020 Last day to submit and have approved a final draft of a TA Article; typically, during the Feb.21 – Mar. 20 period, Article writers go through a guided revision process with the coordinator
- Getting Started
Your article should resemble a brief, thoroughly researched journal publication.
- Begin with a quick survey of teaching and learning journals
- Include your: name, student number, and academic references
- Compose, edit, and proof your content
- Content Prompt
The theme for the Fall/Winter 2019-2020 TA Article is
Even if you do not regularly interact with students, you should consider how your teaching – in whichever form it takes – touches on these and related questions. If you are concerned about your topic, you can submit a proposal to ensure you are on the correct path.
Remember that your piece should be structured as an argument (the initial basis can be an observation, a best practice, or an anecdote) that fellow TAs can potentially use to inform their own teaching practices.
- Submission Procedures
- Complete the article and the self-assessment. If you score under 32/40 on the self-assessment, revise your article before submitting. Articles submitted without a self-assessment will not be reviewed.
- Save your article as a .DOC or .DOCX file; format the title as “LastName, First Name. TitleOfArticle.” Be sure to include your name and student number in the document itself, too.
- Save your completed self-assessment as a .DOC or .DOCX file; format the title as “LastName, First Name. Self-Assessment.”
- Submit your article & self-assessment via the Article Submission form on the cuLearn page (Certificate participants) or simply email your article & self-assessment directly to the EDC (TAs not participating in the Certificate program).
- Wait 1-2 weeks for an update from your reader. Keep in mind that requests for revisions are quite common. Credit is not awarded until the article is deemed acceptable.
- Training Hours & EDC Certificate
- Training Hours: 2.5 hours per article, max. of 2 articles per academic year
- EDC Credit: In addition to counting 2.5 hours towards paid training hours, the TA Article can be equivalent to 1 EDC certificate training session for those teaching assistants participating in the Certificate program. Note: all Certificate participants are required to write 1 article for the program, which does not earn EDC credit, but are eligible to write a second one for EDC credit.
- Note: The maximum number of articles any TA can submit (for paid training hours credit OR for EDC credit) is 2.