Upcoming TA Winter Programming

Did you know we have a range of professional development opportunities for current graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at Western looking to hone their teaching and learning skills? Join us for our winter term programming!

Registration is open for the Winter Advanced Teaching Program, TATP Instructor Info Session, and the February/ March offering of the TA eLearning Series! Don't forget to register for our upcoming Future Prof Series workshops in February and March, and our International TA Programs in March and April. 

Advanced Teaching Program (ATP): February 27th to March 13thATP is a limited enrollment 20-hour short course designed for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who would like to refine their teaching skills and learn approaches to course design, including designing an original course syllabus. This Winter, ATP is offered in a blended, 2-week format, from Monday February 27th to Monday March 13th All participants will be expected to complete asynchronous learning modules each week and to attend the required online and in-person synchronous sessions. Required synchronous sessions include:
  • First synchronous meeting held online via Zoom, Tuesday February 28thth from 6pm-7pm
  • In person microteaching 1 on Thursday March 2nd from 1pm to 4pm
  • In person microteaching 2 on Thursday March 9th from 1pm to 4pm
Successfully completing all parts of ATP fulfills two components of the Western Certificate in University Teaching and Learning: Component 1) Microteaching Requirement and Component 5) Written Project. For more information, including registration instructions, visit our ATP webpage here. 
TATP Instructor Info Session: February 21st from 1pm to 2pmAre you a grad student who is passionate about student-centered teaching and eager to have an impact on the culture of teaching and learning at Western? If so, why not apply for a part-time job as a TATP Instructor? This information session on Zoom will provide details on the TATP Instructor role, give an overview of the application process, and answer questions from attendees. Note: Attendance at the info session is not required to apply.Applications for 2023/2024 are expected to open March 6, 2023 on Working at Western. To register for the info session on Tuesday February 21st from 1pm to 2pm, log into your graduate student Western Connect account, then click this event link. 
The TA eLearning Series: February 21st to March 22nd  OR March 27th to Apr 27th Gain access to collection of nine asynchronous modules designed to equip teaching assistants with some of the new skills needed to teach in the online environment. These modules are open to all graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Completion of 2 modules and their related assignments will earn participants 1 Future Prof credit for those completing the Western Certificate of University Teaching and Learning. Each module will take approximately one hour to complete. Participants who have already completed some TA eLearning modules are welcome to re-register if they wish to complete more or to refresh their knowledge.To learn more about the TA eLearning Series and the nine 1-hour modules, including how to register for one our two upcoming offerings, click here to visit our TA eLearning Series webpage 
The Future Prof Series: Multiple dates in February/ MarchThese interactive 90-minute workshops are designed to equip graduate students and postdoctoral scholars with the skills they need to be excellent teaching assistants now and develop into the excellent instructors of the future. For the Winter 2023 term only, all Future Prof workshops will take place online unless otherwise noted.February Future Prof Series Workshops:
  • Helping Your Students Learn from Failure:  Wednesday February 8th from 10am to 11:30am
  • Skill Building in the Neurodiverse Classroom: Thursday February 9th from 10am to 11:30am
  • Developing Your Teaching Dossier (Asynchronous): Register by Friday February 10th to gain access to this asynchronous online module, to be completed in OWL. *This asynchronous workshop is a pre-requisite for the March Teaching Philosophy Clinic.
  • "Professor Precarious": Strategies for Sessional Teaching (New)Wednesday February 15th from 1pm to 2:30pm
 March Future Prof Series Workshops:
  • Supporting Your Students with Issues of Academic Integrity:  Tuesday March 21st from 1:30pm to 3pm
  • Teaching Philosophy Clinic*: Wednesday March 22nd from 1:30pm to 3pm. Note, registration closes by 12pm on March 16thDeveloping Your Teaching Dossier (Asynchronous) is the pre-requisite for participation.
  • Life is a Group Project! Designing and Facilitating Teamwork: Thursday March 23rd from 10am to 11:30am
  • Uncovering BIPOC Scholarship in Your First Teaching Contract: Thursday March 23rd from 1:30pm to 3pm
To learn more about the Future Prof Series including how to register, click here to visit our Future Prof Series webpage. 
International TA (ITA) Programs: March and AprilDon't miss out on these programs designed exclusively for international/new resident graduate students and postdocs! Please click on the hyperlinks in the table for more information about each program, and click here to join the ITA mailing list to receive periodical updates from Sarah Awadh, ITA Programs Educational Developer.
ITA Program Dates
Teaching in the Canadian Classroom 
  • March 6th - March 29th
  • Mondays and Wednesdays
Communication in the Canadian Classroom 
  • March 7th - March 23rd
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays
Exploring and Interviewing for Careers in Teaching
  • April 14th - April 22nd  
  • Fridays and Saturdays

 We hope to have you join us this winter term!