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Welcome to the resource page for CTLT's 2020 Online TA Institutes!

Overview

The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology's Online TA Institute is a series of workshops held online from May 25th-28th, 2020 and July 20-24, 2020. The workshops are designed to support UBC's community of teaching assistants navigate online teaching and learning.

Visit https://ctlt.ubc.ca/programs/graduate-student-ta-programs/ for CTLT's graduate and teaching assistant programs.

For additional resources to assist with the transition to online teaching and learning, please visit: https://keepteaching.ubc.ca/ and https://keeplearning.ubc.ca/.

July 2020 Session Resources

Session Title Session Description Session Resources
Supporting Student Well-being in an Online Learning Environment Everyone plays an important role in supporting student mental health and wellbeing. In this session, we will share how student health and wellbeing services are operating in the current online environment, with information on how to connect students to supports they may need during these times. There will also be opportunity to connect with your peers and share ideas for embedding strategies that foster well-being in your work as TAs. Session Resources
Preventing & Responding to Sexualized Violence: Considerations for Digital Classrooms What can we do to support survivors while teaching remotely? How can we create safety from sexualized violence in online teaching spaces? What supports are available remotely? In this session, we’ll explore trauma-informed approaches to preventing and responding to sexualized violence in online learning: content notes, communicating support services, remote responses to disclosures, online prevention, and supports in the remote teaching and learning landscape. Slides
TA'ing Online with Canvas In this session we will explore the tools available in Canvas and how to use them effectively, including Quizzes and Assignments, SpeedGrader, Discussions, and the Gradebook. In addition, a discussion period will provide an opportunity to ask questions and receive advice from peers and facilitators. Enroll in the Canvas course from the session to access lots of resources here!
TA'ing Large, Synchronous, Online Classes TAs have been facing unique challenges providing support for large, synchronous, online classes. In this session, we will brainstorm challenges and solutions to typical roles that TAs may face in current online instruction scenarios, including but not limited to leading tutorials, group discussions, and managing student questions. We will additionally address the support that both instructors and TAs need from each other. Sildes (check out Slide 39 for resources and tools!)
Strategies to Prevent and Manage Issues Related to Technology In this session, we will explore common issues TAs face in remote teaching & learning and identify root causes. We will develop strategies to prevent issues and prepare back-ups to manage issues in the moment. During the session we will also address the digital divide faced by both TAs and students and incorporate considerations around the Universal Design for Learning framework for remote teaching. Slides

Challenges to using technology

Leading Synchronous and Asynchronous Discussions Refresh your perspective on what it means to have a “discussion” online. In this session, we’ll explore the role of online discussions in supporting students’ learning, and discover some best practices and useful tools we can use as TAs to lead effective online discussions in synchronous and asynchronous formats. Slides

Best Practices for leading discussions online

Jamboard

Supporting Inclusive Online Classrooms Terms like "inclusivity" and "diversity" can feel complex to navigate as a TA- and perhaps even more so in an online teaching environent. This session will provide the opportunity for TAs to reflect on the unique challenges of inclusivity, how to support it in an online teaching enviroment, and will encourage TAs to examine both the potential and the limitations of our role in promoting inclusion in online teaching. Slides
Time Management for Online TAs TAs have expressed feeling overwhelmed trying to hold office hours, manage full inboxes, and balance their own online work with their TA work. This session will brainstorm and explore best practices for how to set online boundaries and stick to them. Slides

Case Studies

Time Management Self-Assessment

May 2020 Session Resources

Session Title Session Description Session Resources
Resetting Expectations for Online Learning This session will address some of the changes to the role of TAs in moving to an online instructional format. We will focus on TA/instructor and TA/student relationships to better identify personal expectations of how these roles operate when learning goes online. This will also be an opportunity to enhance your toolkit with strategies for engaging students and building community online. Slides

Discussion/Sandbox

Session Recording

Exploring and Expanding the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion work of TAs at UBC Exploring and expanding the equity, diversity & inclusion (EDI) in the work of TAs at UBC is an important session that supports your TA skills both in and outside of the classroom. Over our time together, we will cover three specific areas where intentional efforts to attend to EDI will (hopefully) enhance: a) students’ sense of belonging; b) their engagement with content and assessment; and c) the skills needed to work across differences. We’ll accomplish this through a variety of discussions and activities, with resources you can take with you afterwards. Slides
Transitioning Online Amid Crisis: How Canvas Can Help In this session we will explore the tools available in Canvas and how to use them effectively, including Collaborate Ultra, Quizzes and Assignments, SpeedGrader, Discussions, and the Gradebook. In addition, this session will include discussions on how to manage your health and wellbeing during periods of stress as well as learning about the effective strategies for assisting your students. Finally, a discussion period will provide an opportunity to ask questions and receive advice from peers and facilitators.

Learning objectives:

  1. Describe the five recommendations for wellbeing from the UBC Wellbeing Thrive 5 campaign.
  2. Identify one UBC resource to identify and support individuals facing difficulties.
  3. Utilize Canvas’ Collaborate Ultra to lead discussions and provide instructional content.
  4. In Canvas, create and moderate a Discussion using active learning techniques, create an Assignment or Quiz, use SpeedGrader to assess student work, and assign and modify grades in Gradebook.
Slides

Canvas 101

UBC's Thrive 5

UBC Wiki

Resources for TAs

Leading Synchronous and Asynchronous Online Discussions Refresh your perspective on what it means to have a “discussion” online. In this session, we’ll explore the role of online discussions in supporting students’ learning, and discover some best practices and useful tools we can use as TAs to lead effective online discussions in synchronous and asynchronous formats.

Learning objectives:

  1. Identify what makes an online discussion effective for learners and how that might differ from face-to-face discussions.
  2. Describe your role as a TA in leading effective discussions on asynchronous vs. synchronous platforms.
  3. Identify best practices, and develop personal strategies, for leading discussions in our own courses.
Slides

Session Recording

TA Workflow and Time Management in an Online Environment TAs have expressed feeling overwhelmed trying to hold office hours, manage full inboxes, and balance their own online work with their TA work. This session will brainstorm and explore best practices for how to set online boundaries and stick to them. Slides

Materials developed in-session

Getting Started with Proctorio Proctorio is an online remote proctoring service hosted in Canada and integrated with Canvas, so UBC students can securely take exams from anywhere. With Proctorio, each student’s exam is recorded with video and audio, along with screen and keyboard activity, to promote exam integrity. Learn about key considerations when setting up an online proctored exam and how to set up Proctorio in your Canvas course. Slides
Strategies to Prevent and Manage Issues Related to Technology In this session, we will explore common issues TAs face in remote teaching & learning and identify root causes. We will develop strategies to prevent issues and prepare back-ups to manage issues in the moment. During the session we will also address the digital divide faced by both TAs and students and incorporate considerations around the Universal Design for Learning framework for remote teaching. Slides

Session Recording

TAing Large Synchronous Classrooms Online TAs have been facing unique challenges TAing large, synchronous, online classes. This session will explore the advantages and challenges unique to large, synchronous, online classes. We will brainstorm strategies for engaging students in these spaces, and how the TA can support instructors.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. To explore the advantages and challenges unique to large synchronous online classrooms
  2. To develop 2-3 strategies for TAs to engage students in large synchronous online classrooms
  3. To identify 2-3 strategies and be familiar with online and on-campus resources available to support instructors in large synchronous online classrooms.
Slides

Advantages of L-SOC responses

Challenges of L-SOC responses

Mentimeter responses

Session Recording