E-Orientation for International TAs

Register for the E-Orientation Program by following the self-enrollment link: https://q.utoronto.ca/enroll/7B9EWM 

Welcome! This e-orientation program is designed for international graduate students, especially those who are interested in teaching at the University (in roles, for example, such as teaching assistants (TA) or course instructors (CI)).

By joining this program, you will be invited to participate in four live webinars facilitated by current international teaching assistants (ITAs) and will have access to a hub of resources on Quercus (U of T’s learning management ecosystem). This program will feature resources, discussion boards, and other important supports related to teaching at the University. The webinars will also be recorded and made available for future viewing.

Who is eligible to participate in this e-orientation program?
If you are an international graduate student who has accepted an offer to study at the University of Toronto starting in fall of 2020, you are welcome to join this program. Current international graduate students who are interested in learning more about TAships are also eligible to participate. Note that you do not require a formal offer of a teaching assignment to participate – if you are an international graduate student who is interested in teaching at the university as a TA or CI, you will benefit from the content covered in this program.

How do you register for the program?
It’s simple! All you need to do is follow the link to self-enroll in the program: Register for the E-Orientation Program by following the self-enrollment link: https://q.utoronto.ca/enroll/7B9EWM

You will need to have your UTORId and password in order to register. To activate your UTORid, visit the Activation website. If you are experiencing issues with your UTORid and password please contact the Information Commons Help Desk.

What is the time commitment required to participate in this program?
Each webinar will last one hour and can be viewed synchronously (in real time) or asynchronously (at a future time convenient for you). Including the self-directed components of the e-orientation, you can expect to spend 4 – 10 hours watching the webinars and navigating the resources.

What will the webinars cover, and when will they be held?
Each webinar will take place at 9am Toronto EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) during the month of July 2020:
• Webinar 1: July 9th – Teaching at the University of Toronto: An Overview
• Webinar 2: July 16th – Working as a TA at U of T: The Basics
• Webinar 3: July 23rd – Intercultural Communication in Labs and Classrooms
• Webinar 4: July 30th – Making the Most of Your Teaching Experience: Professional Development Opportunities

How do I know if I will have a teaching assignment?
Some students are informed about their teaching assignment as part of their funding package, whereas others may apply for TA opportunities within or outside of their home departments.

How do I know if I am eligible to work as an international teaching assistant?
If you are an international student with full-time registration status and a valid study permit, you are eligible to work in Canada with some conditions. For more information, please visit the Centre for International Experience’s page on working in Canada, and regularly check this page for updates about work permits, international travel to and from Canada, or learning abroad during COVID-19.

Other questions or need additional information?
Please contact Yaseen Ali at yaseen.ali@utoronto.ca