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September Online TA Institute Session Resources

Session Title Session Description 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
Frequently Asked Questions about Canvas (for TAs) Bring your questions! This session will highlight commonly used tools in Canvas (SpeedGrader, Gradebook) and empower you to find answers to your Canvas questions beyond this workshop. You will be able to pick up some tips and tricks along the way from your peers! Slides
Leading Synchronous and Asynchronous Discussions Online 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
TA'ing Large, Synchronous Classes Being a TA for large classes always has unique challenges and advantages. In the shift to online, TAs have been facing new challenges providing support to instructors and learners. In this session, we will brainstorm challenges and solutions to typical roles that TAs may face in large, synchronous, online instruction scenarios. We will additionally address the support that both instructors and TAs need from each other. Slides
Inclusive Classrooms Online Terms like "inclusivity" and "diversity" can feel complex to navigate as a TA- and perhaps even more so in an online teaching environment. This session will provide the opportunity for TAs to reflect on the unique challenges of inclusivity, how to support it in an online teaching environment, and will encourage TAs to examine both the potential and the limitations of our role in promoting inclusion in online teaching. Slides

Group Agreement Brainstorming: barriers students face Sample email to instructor

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
Time Management for TAs Do you have trouble balancing your graduate studies and TA responsibilities? Are you unsure of how to set boundaries for your online presence as a TA? Are you a procrastinator? If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, then this workshop is for you. We will discuss methods and resources to help you set goals for yourself and organize, schedule, and prioritize your TA tasks and commitments. We will also develop strategies to navigate the often competing expectations that your course instructor, your graduate advisor, your students, your friends and family, and you have of yourself and your time. Participants in this workshop should be prepared to engage in discussion and participate in other learning activities. Please have a writing utensil and some paper handy. Slides
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. Group-generated strategies to support student wellbeing