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Graduate teaching assistants

Conference to cover variety of instructional topics, resources

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10:25 a.m., Aug. 5, 2013--The University of Delaware’s annual conference for graduate teaching assistants (TAs) will be held Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the Trabant University Center and Gore Hall, starting with a breakfast buffet and with seating by academic program. 

The event introduces newly appointed TAs to their instructional roles, raises awareness of expectations of UD students, models effective teaching practices, facilitates peer mentoring and networking, and offers instructional resources.

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The conference is co-sponsored by the Office of Graduate and Professional Education and the Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning (CTAL), an office that provides consultations, programs and resources to UD’s teaching community.

Some observations from previous years’ conference participants are as follows:

  • “The concurrent sessions, facilitated by TA Fellows, offered me a chance to discuss more deeply certain problems that we may encounter. The TA Fellows answered our questions frankly, provided suggestions from their experience and were very supportive.”
  • “I learned various ways to engage students, organize an effective lab session, and clearly indicate for myself and the students what the learning goals are.”
  • “I have realized that I need to start asking for feedback from students and faculty now, and not wait on it. This is something that had not at all crossed my mind.”
  • “The conference staff and presenters presented the role of the TA as a professional one, serving as an instructional member of UD. This presentation made me feel respected, supported, and also motivated me to make the most out of my TA appointment.” 

Twenty-four TA Fellows and faculty and staff from academic programs across the University will share their instructional practices by leading concurrent sessions on a range of teaching topics.  The sessions are designed to demonstrate and help participants practice effective teaching approaches, address questions and policies, and provide a supportive forum to help TAs transition into their instructional responsibilities.

For more information, visit the conference website.

Students can register for the conference either online or by e-mailing (with name and department) ctal-info@udel.edu by Monday, Aug. 12.  

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