Teaching Assistants' Training Program

Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation, 130 St. George Street, Robarts Library, 4th floor

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March 2016

Effective Online Engagement: Best Practices for EdTech

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

CTSI Teaching Studio, Room 4034, 4th Floor Robarts Libary - ELECTIVE Mariana Jardim, Faculty Liaison, Teaching, Learning and Technology, CTSI Mike Kasprzak, TATP Curriculum Developer Hybrid or blended courses—which combine traditional face to face teaching with online components—are quickly becoming the most effective approach to teaching in higher education. The online environment offers students innovative ways of engaging and interacting.  Yet, the quality of online learning has to be rooted in authentic interactions of students with their instructors, students with each…

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Statement of Teaching Philosophy Clinic

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - CORE Darius Rackus, TATP Sciences Trainer Lia Frederiksen, TATP Social Sciences Trainer The statement of teaching philosophy (STP) is the foundation of any teaching dossier, is often requested as part of an academic job application, and is an important part of the tenure and promotion process. This short statement needs to effectively communicate your ideas, beliefs, and values about teaching in a condensed space. In writing your STP, evaluation, feedback, and revision are…

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Tackling “Hot Moments” in the Classroom: Effectively Navigating Controversial or Polarizing Material

Thursday, March 10, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - ELECTIVE Salina Abji, TATP Social Sciences Trainer Nick Eaves, TATP Sciences Trainer Session description: This two-hour workshop is designed to share strategies and develop methods for teaching contentious or sensitive subjects. TAs will learn not simply how to manage heated debates but also how to foster critical thinking and deep learning in moments of conflict. In the workshop, we will explore and practise a range of techniques to: maintain appropriate focus in…

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Investigating Students’ Learning Styles

Friday, March 11, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - ELECTIVE Ahmed Kandil, TATP Social Sciences Trainer Kathleen Ogden, TATP Humanities Trainer This is a two-hour workshop in which the participants will discuss, reflect on, and learn more about students' learning styles and modalities. Then, they will discuss how to provide the various students with the appropriate input that suits their particular learning styles and the way they process new information. Finally, the participants will learn about some available tools that they can use…

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Active Learning in Discussion-based Classrooms

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - CORE Robin Sutherland-Harris, TATP Humanities Coordinator Kathleen Ogden, TATP Humanities Trainer Active learning is a teaching philosophy in which students participate in the lesson, rather than listening passively. Active learning techniques can increase retention and depth of understanding by engaging students through learning by doing, reflection, group discussion, and teaching others. These effective techniques can be used in myriad contexts, including lectures (of all sizes), tutorials, and labs. In this workshop, we will…

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Translating Your TA Experience into Marketable Skills

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

UTSC - IC318 - ELECTIVE Mariam Aslam, Academic Success Strategist, Academic Advising and Career Centre Ghazal Fazli, TATP Sciences Trainer This workshop will provide an overview of marketing your competencies and skills gained from your role as a Teaching Assistant (TA) to future career pursuits. The session will integrate social media outlets such as LinkedIn for transferring your marketable skills such as communication, time management, knowledge translation, leadership among many others to future job opportunities.  

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Promoting Pedagogical Accessibility through Universal Instructional Design

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - CORE Lia Frederiksen, TATP Social Sciences Trainer Alex Stewart, TATP Sciences Trainer This interactive workshop will explore how post-secondary classrooms can be more responsive to a broad range of learning needs. What can you do in your role as a TA or CI to help craft meaningful learning experience for a diverse student body? In this workshop, we will discuss the seven principles of universal instructional design, explore how the principles can be turned…

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Brown Bag Lunch: End-of-Term Concerns

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
CTSI Boardroom, Room 4035, 130 St. George St.
Toronto,

CTSI Boardroom, Room 4035, Robarts Library 4th Floor - ELECTIVE Robin Sutherland-Harris, TATP Humanities Coordinator At this brown-bag lunch, we’ll be focusing on concerns relating to all that comes with the end of the semester. If you’re facing a huge stack of grading or office hours full of anxious students, and want to discuss strategies, come join us! As always, any and all teaching dilemmas are welcome, whether they relate to this theme or not

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Active Learning: Labs and Practicals

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - CORE David Chan, TATP Sciences Trainer Nick Eaves, TATP Sciences Trainer Active learning is a teaching philosophy in which students participate in the lesson, rather than listening passively. Active learning techniques can increase retention and depth of understanding by engaging students through learning by doing, reflection, group discussion, and teaching others. These effective techniques can be used in myriad contexts, including lectures (of all sizes), tutorials, and labs. In this workshop, we will…

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April 2016

Critical Reading in the Sciences

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

  Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - ELECTIVE Darius Rackus, TATP Sciences Trainer Nick Eaves, TATP Sciences Trainer Science communication occurs largely through the written word (journals, reviews and book chapters), yet skill development toward effective critical reading is lacking in formal science education and is outside of the scope of learning in most science courses. Enhanced critical reading skills can improve the learning experience for both students and teachers in the sciences where technical reading imposes unique challenges…

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Inquiry-based Learning in Undergraduate Science Labs

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - ELECTIVE Darius Rackus, TATP Sciences Trainer Andy Dicks, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Chemistry Inquiry-based learning puts students in the driver’s seat, confronting them with decision making, critical thinking, and problem solving. But how do you find these moments in “recipe-book” labs or how do can you design a practical session from the ground up to incorporate inquiry-based learning. This two hour session will cover models of inquiry-based learning, equip participants with strategies for…

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“Write-Up” your Syllabus: Incorporating Writing Instruction into your Curriculum and Classroom

Thursday, April 7, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - ELECTIVE Alex Stewart, TATP Sciences Trainer Alex Motut, TATP Social Sciences Trainer Have you ever considered an alternative to multiple choice assessments? Want to improve students’ comprehension of content and engagement in your course, while developing their critical thinking skills? Do you know the benefits—to you and your students—of incorporating writing into your course curriculum? In this workshop, participants will learn why and how to incorporate scaffolded writing assignments into their curriculum,…

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Bridging Pedagogical Theory and Teaching Practice: A Working Round Table on Critical Pedagogy

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - ELECTIVE Robin Sutherland-Harris, TATP Humanities Coordinator Salina Abji, TATP Social Sciences Trainer An essential skill for any academic working in higher education is the ability to engage with pedagogical research and theory. As graduate students, situating our own teaching practice in the larger theoretical landscape that informs pedagogical approaches can be challenging. How do we find time to familiarize ourselves with such a broad and dynamic field? And how can we apply the abstractions of theory to the realities of our classrooms?…

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Navigating the TA-Course Instructor Relationship: Considerations and Strategies

Thursday, April 14, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - CORE Ghazal Fazli, TATP Sciences Trainer Mike Kasprzak, TATP Curriculum Developer As a Teaching Assistant, you are part of a teaching team, and it is important you and the Course Instructor are in good communication regarding course and student issues. Establishing and maintaining an effective and positive relationship with a CI involves several considerations. The TA-CI relationship can be further complicated when the CI is your supervisor, member of your Ph.D. committee, or…

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October 2016

Reading Up: Instructional Strategies for Developing Students’ Critical Reading and Analysis

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - CORE David Chan, TATP Sciences Coordinator Michael Dick, TATP Social Sciences Trainer They did the reading...or did they? This common question presents itself to teaching assistants in classrooms across the disciplines. Students come to class unprepared to work with the readings. Why? Often, reading at university is challenging for our students. This workshop will examine the underlying barriers to successful reading in the undergraduate classroom. We will explore concrete strategies for supporting reading…

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