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Biology Program TA Professional Development (BioTAP) Certificate
What is BioTAP? Teaching is an important component of a student’s graduate education. In the BioTAP program graduate students will be introduced to the practical teaching skills and strategies they need to be effective teaching assistants. The BioTAP certificate will be awarded to graduate students that have participated in five of the seven professional development sessions held throughout the year (see details below). These program sessions are intended as an introduction to teaching. Graduate students may pursue further professional development by participating in CTLT offered ISW’s or BIOL 535. The Botany and Zoology Departments recognize the BioTAP certificate as a valuable professional development activity for graduate students.
Benefits of BioTAP Many graduate students considering teaching as part of a post-graduation career path will require practical experience and evidence of professional development that can be included in their c.v.s. Through the BioTAP certificate program graduate students in Botany and Zoology will develop a community of graduate students who are thoughtful, supportive and have a commitment to teaching.
Program Sessions Below are the seven professional development sessions held throughout the year. Click the title of each session for more information and to register.
1. TA ORIENTATION (TAO) – AUG. 31ST 2016, 11:30 AM – 5:00 P.M.
2. FACILITATION STRATEGIES FOR EFFECTIVE LEARNING – SEPT. 22ND 2016, 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.
3. MARKING: SURVIVAL SKILLS – OCT. 12TH 2016, 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.
4. CHALLENGES AND REWARDS OF TEACHING: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? – DEC. 5TH 2016, 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.
5. CREATING ENGAGING MINI-LESSONS – JAN. 25TH 2017, 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.
6. PROMOTING INCLUSIVITY IN THE CLASSROOM – FEB. 20TH 2016, 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.
7. BEST PRACTICES IN TEACHING – TBA (April, 2017)
The BioTAP certificates will be awarded to those who have participated in five out of seven sessions.