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July Online TA Institute 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


Session recording

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

Session recording