Teaching Assistant Training Program (TATP)

DESCRIPTION

The Teaching Assistant Training Program is a hands-on, twenty-hour program designed for new TAs embarking on their teaching careers. Learn about fair grading practices, diversity in the classroom, lesson design, and giving students feedback on written work. Get real-time, hands-on teaching experience in our unique microteaching sessions where you can try out your teaching skills with a small group of your peers and receive helpful, constructive feedback. At the end of the session, you will receive a certificate as evidence of your commitment to the development of your knowledge and skill as a teacher.

Topics

Lesson design, feedback, marking, microteaching, facilitating discussions, interpersonal communication, and the intercultural classroom.

Outcomes

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • design and deliver lessons using the Bridge-Outcomes-Pre-Assessment-Participatory Learning-Post-Assessment-Summary (BOPPPS) model
  • apply the characteristics of effective feedback when giving verbal, written, and non-verbal feedback
  • listen openly to feedback on teaching and reflect on personal approaches to teaching and learning
  • define the TA’s interpersonal communication responsibilities and identify resources available for student and TA academic success
  • describe strategies to facilitate effective classroom or laboratory discussions;
  • implement consistent grading practices
  • identify cultural influences on communication in the classroom.

What to expect

This program is designed to be engaging and highly interactive through topic-based workshops and small group microteaching sessions. Each participant will prepare two, ten-minute lessons and deliver these lessons to small their group of peers during two in-person synchronous sessions on campus.

Statement on Diversity and Inclusion by TATP Instructors

As the instructors of TATP, we recognize that equity, diversity, and inclusion are key to a safer learning community and facilitating the outcomes of the program. We believe that a wide range of experiences, languages, identities, cultural backgrounds, and other forms of social and intellectual diversity enrich and enhance the learning experience. We are committed to modelling and collectively establishing a classroom community that embraces.

Research on program impact

Program Information

Upcoming Sessions

January 19th to 23rd - Registration is closed.

Please note: This limited enrolment progam will be offered online format, that combines asynchronous online work with sychronous sessions.

Audience

Current graduate students and postdoctoral scholars

Registration

Registration instructions

  1. Login to Western Connect using your Western username and password. 
  2. Go to the Centre for Teaching and Learning section. Select Event Calendar and select the program you wish to register in. Details and a description of the program will appear.
  3. Select the Register on Waiting List button. You will receive an automated confirmation email to your Western email account.
  4. Next, complete Step 1 found in your automated Wait List confirmation email.
  5. If space is available in the program, you will receive a second email notifying you to complete Step 2 including instructions to bring your $20 deposit (cash or cheque only) to the CTL to complete registration.
  6. After you complete Step 2 and submit your deposit, you will receive a Registration Confirmation email to your Western email account. This means that you have been officially registered in the program.

Please note: If you do not receive a second email to bring in your deposit (Step 2), you will remain on the waitlist until otherwise notified. If space is available, you will receive an email to your Western account within one week. Deposits will be returned upon completion of the program, or if a participant cancels their registration 3 business days prior to the start of the program.

Due to limited enrolment, we are not able to accept everyone who registers on the Wait List. Once the program spots are full, you will remain on the waitlist until/if a spot becomes open (only those emailed by the CTL to bring in a deposit will be accepted). If a spot does not become available for you, we encourage you to register for the next round of ATP.


If you have any questions or problems registering for an event, please consult our Registration Help Page for our Cancellation Policy, FAQs and more or contact ctl@uwo.ca.

Prerequisites / Recommended Preparation

None (active TA duties not required).

Completion Requirements

To complete the program, students must attend and engage each day, complete all asynchronous activities, deliver two microteaching lessons, and engage in feedback discussions with a small group of peers.

Offered

Six sessions will be offered in August and September. A session is typically offered in January and June as well.

Applies to following certificates

Western Certificate in University Teaching and Learning


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Testimonials from TATP participants

“Fantastic to learn from other TA's and to be a part of such a supportive learning process. Great facilitation and guidance provided.”

“Microteaching was a great space to try out the lesson design strategies we had just learned and get really useful feedback from our peers. I have gone away from those sessions feeling more confident in my teaching skills and feel ready to try new things in my classroom this coming term.”

“Many strategies and tools were presented. I loved the opportunity to practice and apply our learning. It was all very engaging and participatory aspects were very effective.”

“My microteaching group was incredibly supportive; everyone was very kind, professional, and constructive. The group facilitator asked great questions that encouraged improvement.”