St. George Workshops

Students registering in the TATP Certificate Program must attend a minimum number of CORE and ELECTIVE workshops in order to qualify for the certificate. Please see the TATP Certificate Programs page for more information.

If you register for a TATP workshop, please ensure that you are able to attend or that you send your regrets with sufficient notice. Typically, TATP workshops have waiting lists and we would like to accommodate as many people as possible.

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING PAID TRAINING
The TATP Workshop Series and Certificate Program offer professional development for all TAs interested in building their teaching skills and knowledge. Participation in the Workshop Series or the Certificate Program is on a VOLUNTEER basis only and cannot be counted as paid training without the prior knowledge and consent of the hiring department. Please see the job training page for more information.  Talk to your department about paid training before attending a workshop and get the form signed by your department before coming to a TATP session. Please note, if you are taking a workshop for paid training, it will not be counted toward the TATP Certificate program.

All workshops begin ON the hour (not at 10 minutes past)

TATP Workshops

TATP Teaching Dilemmas: Brown Bag Lunch Series

Portal Training and Support


TATP Workshops

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TATP Teaching Dilemmas: Brown Bag Lunch Series

Do you have a dilemma, challenge, or question about teaching? Have you been experimenting with new teaching techniques in your classroom, or would you like to try out a new technique and talk it through with some of your colleagues and experienced TATP facilitators? Bring your lunch and join us to troubleshoot your teaching concerns, brainstorm creative solutions to your teaching conundrums or questions, and share strategies for teaching in your discipline. All questions and ideas, large and small, are welcome!

Participation in one of these Brown-Bag Lunch ‘n’ Learn sessions counts as one elective workshop credit towards the Certificate Program! (A maximum of one lunch can be counted towards the TF Certificate and up to two lunches can be counted towards the AUTP Certificate Program.)

There are two ways to participate in the Teaching Dilemmas: Brown-Bag Lunch ‘n’ Learn Series.

1. Registered Participants
If you would like your participation to count towards one of our certificate programs, please register using the links below. Please note that registered participants must:

  1. Be present for the whole 2 hours of the lunch.
  2. Indicate what their teaching dilemma/idea is at the time of registration and be prepared to raise it as a discussion topic during the lunch.
  3. Complete the Teaching Dilemmas Reflection Form at the end of the lunch (to be completed within the 2-hour session).

2. Drop-In Participants
You may also attend the Brown-Bag Lunches in a more informal capacity. If you are unable to stay for the full 2 hours, or are interested in participating in discussion and meeting fellow TAs but don’t have a pressing teaching dilemma, you are still welcome to join in. In this case, no registration is required – simply join us in the CTSI Boardroom (RL 4035) with your lunch! (Drop-in participation does not count towards the TATP Certificate Program.)

All sessions will be held in the CTSI Boardroom (4035)

Upcoming Sessions:

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Portal Training and Support

More information and registration for these sessions can be found on the CTSI Portal Training Page.
The Teaching Assistants’ Training Program (TATP) and CTSI are offering the following workshops for teaching assistants and graduate students:

Getting Started: Building Your Portal Course

The University of Toronto’s Learning Portal uses the Blackboard learning management system to provide online access to course materials and a variety of tools to enhance teaching and learning activities.

This two-hour hands-on session has been developed for instructors, teaching assistants and course administrators who are new to Blackboard and are looking to get an overview of the system and tools available.

This session will cover the following:

  • Understanding the lifecycle of a U of T Blackboard course
  • Organizing and managing a Blackboard course
  • Managing enrolments, posting files,
  • Using the Discussion Board
  • Sending announcements and emails through Blackboard
  • Exploring additional features such as  Export & Archive and the Grade Center

Grade Center: Providing Feedback & Marks Online

The Grade Center in the Learning Portal can assist instructors with managing assessment data for their courses. It is a flexible tool that allows the instructor to enter grades directly into their Blackboard course and can be used in conjunction with other Blackboard features to develop an efficient grading and record keeping system.

This two-hour hands-on session has been developed for instructors, teaching assistants and course administrators who have been introduced to the Grade Center and are looking for a more detailed overview of the capabilities of this tool.

This session will cover the following:

  • Creating columns in the Grade Center
  • Organizing and customizing your columns
  • Setting up weighting for assessments
  • Entering grades and viewing how they are displayed to students
  • Understanding how to back up your Grade Center
  • Exploring additional features such as Grade History, Smart Views, Categories and Reports
  • Following U of T grading policy and best practices in the dissemination of grades

Prerequisite: Attended Getting Started: Building Your Portal Course workshop or have equivalent proficiency using Blackboard (see above); confident use of Internet browsers; the ability to manage and move files and folders on a Windows PC.

Blackboard Collaborate: Web Conferencing    

Blackboard Collaborate is a webinar and web conferencing tool in the University of Toronto’s Learning Portal and is available to all Blackboard Courses and Organizations. Blackboard Collaborate provides the ability to conduct live classes or meetings online with synchronous video and audio. Presenters can share presentations, software applications, multimedia, and files.  Numerous activities using polls, quizzes, breakout rooms, and other tools can be easily conducted in real time.

This two-hour, hands-on session has been developed for instructors, teaching assistants and course administrators who are looking to get a detailed overview of using Blackboard Collaborate.

This two-hour interactive session will cover the following:

  • Creating and scheduling Collaborate sessions through the Learning Portal
  • Understanding Collaborate as a Moderator and as a Participant
  • Sharing presentations and applications with Participants
  • Conducting polls and other interactive activities
  • Effectively managing a Collaborate session

Prerequisite: Attended Getting Started: Building Your Portal Course workshop; confident use of Internet browsers.

These sessions all count as elective workshops for the TATP Certificate Programs.  More information and registration for these sessions can be found on the CTSI Portal Training Page.


CORE Workshops Core Icon
“CORE” workshops are workshops that CTSI and TATP have identified as particularly critical for a TA developing his/her teaching skills. These sessions will vary from term to term but will focus on foundational topics such as lesson planning, providing effective feedback to students, supporting students, classroom management, fostering academic integrity, building students’ research skills, grading strategies, etc. Attending a minimum number of these sessions will provide TAs with the grounding they need to further expand their teaching knowledge.

ELECTIVE WorkshopsElective Icon

“ELECTIVE” workshops are workshops that enhance the learning experience by allowing the flexibility to focus on a particular skill or topic of interest.