Below is a summary of L&S TA Training for Remote Teaching
Dates: August 17-21, 2020
Objective: Welcome and orient TAs for fall, and provide tools and strategies for remote teaching.
Audience: New and returning TAs
Registration link: https://go.wisc.edu/q3x38v L&S teaching assistants may register for any section with L&S in the title. Contact Nova Tebbe at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions about registration
L&S is offering a 5-day online asynchronous training for Teaching Assistants focused on translating their TA role to a remote environment. This training will cover the basic use of Canvas and other campus-supported tools, as well as light pedagogical guidance on facilitating remote courses. It is intended to complement later department- or discipline-specific training and guidance.
All new L&S TAs are strongly encouraged to participate. The training is also open to returning TAs, and will include supplemental content more appropriate for more experienced TAs. Participants will spend about 3 hours each day completing readings and asynchronous activities, will have an option to participate in a synchronous meeting, and will complete the course with guidance from an experienced TA facilitator. Participants will finish the training with materials to use in their fall course, a checklist to guide conversations with their lead instructor and/or teaching team, and links to more in-depth professional development through the semester.
As pre-arranged with the schools of Medicine and Public Health, Pharmacy, Education and Human Ecology, sections are also available for TAs teaching in those areas. Teaching Assistants should refer to the course title to ensure they are registering for the correct section.
Includes materials to complete prior to Day 1 to welcome participants to the course, the College, and Canvas.
Day 1: Your Role as a Remote TA.
- New TAs: Remember essential policies relevant to your TA role.
- New TAs: Explain the basic features of Canvas for communication and organization.
- Connect your responsibilities as a teaching assistant to UW-Madison’s remote instruction environment.
- Plan how to introduce yourself to your students.
- Identify supportive resources for answering key questions and helping your students during the semester.
Day 2: How Students Learn Remotely
- Readings: Remote TA roles, Canvas orientation, Key policies, Introductions & persona, Get help
- Discussion board: Meet your group
- Quiz: Canvas basics and key policies
- Assignment: Write your introduction
- Survey: Day 1 reflection
- Consider how good practice in undergraduate education translates to a remote course.
- Articulate how your TA responsibilities contribute to a high-quality learning experience for your students.
- Identify strategies for communicating with and supporting students.
Activities:Day 3: Presenting Content
- Readings: Best practices in undergraduate education, L&S fall criteria, Pandemic communication tips
- Discussion board: Ice breakers & getting to know students
- Survey: Day 2 reflection
- Remember how to organize and present content for students
- Explain how to use Canvas to create accessible supplementary content for students.
- Identify UW-supported tools for creating and delivering short videos.
Day 4: Leading Discussion Sections
- Readings: Creating and choosing supplemental content, Canvas Pages and Files, Make short videos
- Discussion board follow-up
- Quiz: Accessible Canvas content
- Survey: Day 3 reflection
- Compare affordances of synchronous and asynchronous discussions.
- Identify UW-supported tools for facilitating discussion section meetings.
- Plan a synchronous or asynchronous online discussion for your course
- Readings: Asynchronous and synchronous discussions, Canvas Discussions, BBCollaborate Ultra
- Assignment: Outline a discussion section activity
- Survey: Day 4 reflection
Day 5: Grading Assignments and Providing Feedback
- Identify ways to communicate with students about grades.
- Explain how to collect, grade, and provide feedback on assignments within Canvas.
- Identify strategies for formative assessment.
- Readings: Communicating about grades, Formative assessments, Canvas Assignments and Quizzes, Canvas grading tools
- Quiz: Grading scenarios
- Survey: Day 5 reflection
- Includes a checklist to guide conversation with a teaching team and/or lead instructor to start the semester, plus links to additional professional development opportunities.