Teaching Assistants' Training Program

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

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November 2017

How Do We Ask For, Understand, and Discuss Our Evaluation Feedback?

November 6 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - ELECTIVE Kosha Bramesfeld,  Data Analyst, Course Evaluations Gregory Hum, Assistant Director, Teaching Assessment In this workshop, participants will identify ways to gather feedback, build understanding of the Course Evaluation Framework at the University of Toronto, and practice interpreting feedback data (both qualitative and quantitative). Lastly, we will consider how to use evaluation data to adapt teaching practices and critically reflect on teaching for documentation in teaching dossiers.

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Between Myth and Reality: Teaching Presence in Higher Education

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

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - CORE Alli Diskin, TATP Program Assistant Abdullah Farooqi, TATP Humanities Trainer We’ve all experienced teachers who left a lasting impression, who made us excited and who made us feel like we were capable of anything. But what do certain teachers do that makes them so great? Is there one set of characteristics that all inspirational teachers possess? Or are there many characteristics that can work in a variety of ways in different environments…

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Creating Accessible Visual Aids: An Introduction

November 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

CTSI Teaching Studio, Room 4034, Robarts Library 4th Floor - CORE Sandy Carpenter TATP Humanities Coordinator Ben Poynton, Senior Coordinator, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)  Whether it be PowerPoint, demonstrations, or online resources, adding visual aids to your classroom can enhance student learning. But once you have your visual aid created, how can you make it accessible to all learners? In this workshop, we flip that question to ask instead: What goes into designing accessible visual aids from the beginning? By the end of…

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Microteaching I

November 9 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
CTSI Boardroom, Room 4035, 130 St. George St.
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UTSC: Building Community in Your Classes and Tutorials

November 10 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

UTSC - IC318 - CORE Kathy Liddle, Assistant Professor—Teaching Stream, Department of Sociology, UTSC This session explores strategies for building a sense of community among your students in order to enhance their learning. Topics will include creating a learning environment conducive to community building, using shared decision-making, modelling community-oriented behaviours, and facilitating interpersonal connections. Participants will leave with specific strategies for breaking the ice and building community throughout the term.

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Microteaching II

November 13 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
CTSI Boardroom, Room 4035, 130 St. George St.
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CANCELLED: UTM: Level Up Your Teaching: Games and Gamification in Higher Education

November 21 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

University of Toronto Mississauga- DH 3075 - ELECTIVE Abdullah Farooqi, TATP Humanities Trainer 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, with a specific focus on the use…

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Mock Academic Interview

November 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - ELECTIVE June Larkin, Senior Lecturer in Women and Gender Studies and Equity Studies Diane Horton, Associate Professor, Teaching, in Computer Science Charly Bank, Associate Professor, Teaching, in Department of Earth Sciences Reinhart Reithmeier, Professor in Biochemistry Joe Curnow, TATP Social Sciences Trainer Kangbin Zhou, TATP Sciences Trainer Cristina D’amico, TATP Humanities Trainer Landing a faculty position is the aspiration of many senior doctoral students, and the process of applying for and landing such positions…

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Teaching a Community-Engaged Learning Course

November 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - ELECTIVE Jennifer Esmail, Coordinator, Academic Initiatives, Centre for Community Partnerships Community-engaged learning courses integrate several key features, including community placements for students and reflection assignments, into academic for-credit courses in a variety of disciplines. As a teaching professional working in this field, you will face unique challenges and opportunities as you negotiate the needs of your students and the given community. While there are many variations on community-engaged learning, the dominant pedagogical approach to courses emerges…

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Preparing Your Teaching Dossier

November 23 @ 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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Creating a Culture of Accessibility: An Introduction to Accessible Teaching and Learning

November 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - CORE Mike Kasprzak, TATP Curriculum Developer Fady Shanouda, TATP Social Sciences Coordinator This interactive workshop will introduce participants to some broad issues related to enhancing accessibility and accommodation in various teaching and learning environments. We will explore the differences between accessibility and accommodation, provide an overview of the policy context at the University of Toronto, identify resources for students and TAs alike, and discuss strategies for your classroom. Through a variety of case…

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December 2017

UTM: Good Questions, Better Discussions: How to Design and Facilitate Effective Classroom Discussions

December 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

University of Toronto Mississauga - IB240 - CORE Abdullah Farooqi, TATP Humanities Trainer Jillian Bieser, TATP Sciences Trainer  It has happened to all of us. We invite students to participate in class – “Does anybody have any questions?”, “Tell me what you understood from the reading?”, or “Who would like to share their thoughts about data we have gathered thus far?”– and in response we hear silence, often accompanied by blank stares or downcast eyes. Undoubtedly, asking and answering questions is key to…

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University of Toronto Scarborough: Microteaching I

December 6 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Navigating the TA-Course Instructor Relationship: Considerations and Strategies

December 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - CORE Joel Rodgers, TATP Course Instructor Coordinator As a Teaching Assistant, you may play a variety of roles in a course, and so it is important that you and the Course Instructor maintain clear lines of 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.…

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Statement of Teaching Philosophy Clinic

December 12 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - CORE Marie Vander Kloet, Assistant Director, TATP/CTSI Shawn Xiong, Sciences Coordinator, TATP 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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