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August 2017

Course Instructor Training Camp

August 23 @ 9:30 am - 4:45 pm

CTSI Teaching Studio, Room 4034/Blackburn Room, 4th Floor Robarts Library 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 - 9:30am-11:30am : CTSI Teaching Studio, Room 4034 Course Administration for First Time CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Course Instructors This two hour training session will introduce first-time course instructors (CIs) to the basic elements involved in preparing to teach a…

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September 2017

Skills Based Tutorials: Critical Thinking

September 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor In higher education, we expect students to think critically about course materials, but many students may not understand how to engage in critical thinking. Since critical thinking skills are essential to a meaningful learning process, it is important for TAs to clearly articulate what critical thinking is and then help students develop the skills that will enable them to apply a critical lens to course material. In this training session, we will define and…

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Skills Based Tutorials: Problem Sets

September 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor Learning how to effectively and efficiently solve problems is the key to success in many math, science and engineering disciplines. This training session will expose TAs to proven approaches to working with students who are learning the process for solving problems in their discipline. Participants in this session will learn how to plan effective problem set tutorials, designed to best support student learning and promote long-term understanding.  We will also look at different ways…

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Labs and Practicals

September 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Blackburn Room, 4th Floor Robarts Library Facilitating laboratory sessions is a complex task that even the most experienced teaching assistants are constantly aiming to refine. On the one hand, labs usually follow a well-constrained step-by-step methodology. On the other hand, it is not always clear how this methodology supports a theoretical concept, or how a specific experiment fits into the course as a whole, or how a concept or experimental process may be translated to a real-life scenario.  These complexities…

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Review and Q&A

September 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Blackburn Room, 4th Floor Robarts Library In this training session, we will discuss strategies that support the planning and delivery of effective Review/Q&A sessions.  We will identify strategies to check for student understanding and to support students in their preparation for assignments, tests and exams. TAs will learn  practical advice and tips to offer students who are struggling to develop effective course review and study  skills. TAs will also learn some activities that can assist students in remembering and articulating…

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Skills Based Tutorials: Critical Reading & Reflection

September 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor In this training session, we will discuss strategies to encourage students to engage in both critical reading and reflection. We will address the challenge of unprepared students through examining underlying barriers to successful reading in the undergraduate classroom. TAs in this session will explore concrete strategies for supporting reading both inside and outside the classroom, and discuss methods for integrating reading strategies that promote deep learning and comprehension throughout tutorials. Please note: This session…

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Adapting Teaching Techniques (ATT)

September 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Blackburn Room, 4th Floor Robarts Library Tutorials at the University of Toronto come in all shapes and sizes.  As a TA, you need to be prepared to adapt your lesson planning, your learning activities and even your overall teaching approach to different types of tutorials.  In this training session, you will learn how to adapt different teaching techniques to accommodate the different teaching contexts that you may encounter.  You will have the opportunity to develop a ‘toolkit’ of resources that…

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Discussion Based Tutorials for the Sciences & Engineering

September 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor In this training session, we will review strategies for leading effective discussion-based tutorials in both classroom and lab settings.  We will explore how to prepare yourself to lead an engaging discussion, how you can encourage students to come to tutorial prepared for meaningful discussion, and what to do when students do not arrive prepared. TAs will experience a selection of interactive activities that will highlight techniques for facilitating discussion once it’s underway and model…

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Skills Based Tutorials: Supporting Student Writing

September 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor This training session will focus on how to support students in the process of developing writing skills. Over the course of the session, we will discuss various approaches to engaging your students through writing, both through in-class writing activities and assigned writing outside the classroom. TAs in this workshop will review key principles of effective grading that serve to support the development of writing skills in students. Participants will also have the opportunity to…

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Job Training Day: Humanities & Social Sciences

September 28 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library, 4th Floor This is a 4-hour training day for first-contract and returning TAs 10:00am - 12:00pm: General Pedagogical Training 12:15pm - 1:15pm: Tutorial Training Discussion Based Tutorials; Skills Based Tutorials: Supporting Student Writing; or Review and Q&A 1:30pm - 2:30pm: Grading or Adapting Teaching Techniques All departments may allow TAs to use this three-hour session as their paid mandatory training (per the collective agreement between C.U.P.E. 3902 and the University of Toronto). If this is the case, please…

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October 2017

Job Training Day: Sciences and Engineering

October 3 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library, 4th Floor This is a 5-hour training day for first-contract and returning TAs 10:00am - 12:00pm: General Pedagogical Training 12:15pm - 1:15pm: Tutorial Training Discussion Based Tutorials; Skills Based Tutorials: Problem Sets; or Labs and Practicals 1:30pm - 2:30pm: Grading or Adapting Teaching Techniques All departments may allow TAs to use this three-hour session as their paid mandatory training (per the collective agreement between C.U.P.E. 3902 and the University of Toronto). If this is the case, please read…

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November 2017

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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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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