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The August 2020 Graduate Academy for College Teaching will take place
online August 17-18, with optional Microteaching on August 19.
The August 2020 Symposium on Grading and Office Hours will take place online August 17.
The Graduate Academy for College Teaching is a required, pre-semester orientation for new teaching assistants (TAs and ITAs) who have classroom responsibilities (teaching lecture, discussion, laboratory, or studio sections). Required sessions about language and culture have been incorporated into the Graduate Academy to meet the University’s policy requirements for training international teaching assistants.
Two campus-wide, pre-semester orientation programs for new Teaching Assistants (TAs) are held each August and January. The program includes
Note: Departments register their TAs for these programs; individual TAs cannot register themselves.
The Graduate Academy for College Teaching prepares TAs for classroom teaching responsibilities (lecture, discussion, laboratory, or studio) by engaging them in interactive sessions about teaching strategies and resources. The program is designed as a conference with choices of sessions on foundational teaching topics, discipline-based teaching topics and language, culture, and diversity topics. Grad Academy TAs will also attend Microteaching sessions that provide them with a safe and constructive environment to practice their teaching skills. Read more about Microteaching below.
Click to see August 2020 Grad Academy Program
The Symposium on Grading & Office Hours is for those TAs who have non-classroom responsibilities. In large and small group sessions, TAs learn about effective and fair grading techniques and how to use office hours as an opportunity for good teaching and learning.
Click to see August 2020 Symposium on Grading Program
Grad Academy Building Map
Grad Academy Folder Contents
Towards a More Dramatic Classroom - companion document to day one Keynote
Spring 2020 Workshops
Preparing to Teach Online
This year we are offering a virtual micro teaching experience. Virtual micro teaching sessions will include up to 6 teaching assistants, each offering 7 minutes lessons, focused on a narrow topic and offered to a small audience. We will utilize Zoom for these virtual teaching sessions.
Logistics – Sign Up for an optional Microteaching Session
If you choose to participate, you will teach your 7-minute virtual lesson during a 90-minute Zoom session with 5 other TAs in attendance. We want microteaching to be positive and useful to you. It is more interesting to be with TAs from diverse departments.
Getting Ready – Planning Your Lesson
You will choose a topic/concept in your discipline that you could teach to freshmen or sophomores in 7 minutes. You will do some work on planning this lesson during the first day of the Graduate Academy, but it helps to think about a few topic ideas before this time.
During the Session
You will teach your lesson via zoom and get feedback immediately from your peers. In addition to being a teacher, you will be expected to play the role of a student for the lessons taught by the other TAs in the session. The second half of the 90 minute sessions will be for peer feedback. You should be prepared to offer support and ideas for improvement to your fellow teaching assistants, and receive the same from them.
After the Session
Those interested in additional feedback can schedule a playback consultation with one of the CITL staff members. These consultations will take place via Zoom during the first few weeks of the semester. The consultation is a private conversation with an experienced instructor about teaching. This is not an evaluation, but, rather, is a sharing of ideas and a time to ask questions.