Teaching Assistants' Training Program

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

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April 2018

Take Risks, Teach Creativity

April 5 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - CORE Sandy Carpenter, TATP Humanities Coordinator Jillian Bieser, TATP Sciences Trainer Do you want to invigorate your teaching with new strategies, techniques, or activities, but are not sure where to start? Maybe you want to try something new in the classroom, but are afraid of resistance from students if you change things up? In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to discuss the benefits and limitations of taking teaching risks. We will…

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Microteaching II

April 6 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
CTSI Boardroom, Room 4035, 130 St. George St.
Toronto,
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UTSC: Fostering Academic Integrity among Undergraduates

April 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:15 pm

University of Toronto Scarborough: IC200 - CORE Participants in this workshop will gain a set of useful tools for promoting students’ accurate understanding of academic dishonesty and, even more important, for cultivating academic integrity. The workshop focuses on discussion and further development of classroom activities that can be used to help undergraduates understand the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters, practice proper paraphrasing and citation, and develop time management skills that will head off the problems that may result in…

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Level Up Your Teaching: Games and Gamification in Higher Education

April 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - ELECTIVE Abdullah Farooqi, TATP Humanities Trainer Kosha Bramesfeld, Data Analyst, Course Evaluations  The use of games in Higher Education has recently become more widespread. Research suggests that gamification can help students engage with material, develop critical thinking skills, and teach morality and empathy for others. How can TAs utilize these developments in pedagogy to engage students in a variety of disciplines? In this workshop, we first explore the theoretical arguments for experiential learning,…

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Course Instructor Training Camp

April 20 @ 9:30 am - 4:45 pm

Blackburn Room, 4th Floor Robarts Library/CTSI Teaching Studio, Room 4034 Please note that these sessions are for Course Instructor Job training only and cannot be counted towards either the Teaching Fundamentals or Advanced University Teaching Preparation Certificates.   SESSION A - 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM - Course Planning and Effective Syllabus Design This two-hour session will introduce first-time course instructors (CIs) to the basic elements of planning a course and designing a syllabus at the University of Toronto. The course syllabus is…

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May 2018

First Contract Training: All Disciplines – CANCELLED

May 10 @ 10:00 am - 2:15 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library, 4th Floor This is a 4-hour session for first-contract TAs 3 hours of general pedagogical training: 10am - 1pm 1 hour of either discussion based tutorials or an introduction to Quercus: 1:15pm - 2:15pm This session will include topics such as University of Toronto Policies around teaching, classroom management, professionalism, grading and other important information for first contract TAs All departments may allow TAs to use this four-hour session as their paid mandatory training (per the collective…

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UTSC Job Training Day

May 11 @ 9:00 am - 3:45 pm

The following TA job training sessions have been scheduled at the UTSC campus. Students must register in advance for their required training sessions at the CTL TA events page (https://ctl.utsc.utoronto.ca/booking/tatp/) or by using the links below. Space is limited. Only students who register in advance will be guaranteed a space. Registration lists will be sent to departments to check; CTL will use the lists to create the attendance sheets students will sign at the sessions. Departments will inform their TAs…

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Efficient and Purposeful Grading

May 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - CORE Abdullah Farooqi, TATP Humanities Summer Trainer Shawn Xiong, TATP Sciences Summer Trainer Marking is one of the most common TA duties. Learning how to mark efficiently and effectively can save you both time and headache. But marking is more than assigning grades - it’s also a teaching opportunity. This workshop offers best practices around effective, efficient, and consistent marking to make the grading process more manageable for TAs as well as how…

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

May 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - ELECTIVE Shawn Xiong, TATP Summer Sciences Trainer Abdullah Farooqi, TATP Summer Humanities 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…

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Microteaching I

May 24 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
CTSI Boardroom, Room 4035, 130 St. George St.
Toronto,
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Online Course Design: How to Build and Maintain a Community of Learners

May 30 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - ELECTIVE Michal Kasprzak, Curriculum Developer TATP Over the past 15 years, we have witnessed a continued growth in online higher education but much debate remains on the legitimacy and value of online coursework. For online courses to offer a high quality of learning, they must be rooted in effective interactions of students with their instructors, students with each other, and students with the content. An essential component of developing and using an online learning…

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June 2018

Accessibility in Higher Educational Environments: An Introduction

June 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - CORE Abdullah Farooqi, TATP Humanities Summer Trainer Shawn Xiong, TATP Summer Sciences Trainer How can we make our classrooms more accessible for all students? In this workshop, participants will be introduced to basic accessibility terminology and principles. We will work through various scenarios around how these issues arise in our classrooms and collaboratively generate strategies that create a culture of accessibility. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to identify…

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Microteaching II

June 13 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
CTSI Boardroom, Room 4035, 130 St. George St.
Toronto,
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Preparing Your Teaching Dossier

June 25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - CORE Marie Vander Kloet, Assistant Director, CTSI/TATP The teaching dossier is a comprehensive record of teaching activities and accomplishments that is now required in applications for permanent positions at the University of Toronto and at an increasing number of institutions across North America. In this session, we will review the elements of a successful teaching dossier and discuss how to use it as a framework for setting goals for future professional development. Since…

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Build Your Teaching Philosophy: A Lego-based Workshop

June 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - CORE Marie Vander Kloet, Assistant Director, CTSI/TATP Michal Kasprzak, Curriculum Developer, TATP Alli Diskin, Program Assistant, TATP In this workshop, participants will use Lego to build models of their teaching philosophies. Through periods of building, reflection, discussion and notetaking, participants will begin to identify and communicate their beliefs, values and practices as teachers. Participants are encouraged to come prepared to build with Lego and to engage in detailed discussion with co-participants about their…

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