Training for first-contract TAs

As you may know, the current CUPE 3902 Unit 1 collective agreement requires that all first-contract TAs receive 3 hours of paid pedagogical training.  However, did you know that the Teaching Assistants’ Training Program (TATP) can assist your department with this training?  You, the hiring department/unit, can 1) develop and deliver the training and request for a TATP staff member to attend to give a brief talk about TATP services 2) request for the TATP staff to design and deliver a portion or the full 3-hour training session (in consultation with your department/unit).

If your department/unit is only hiring a few TAs, or has TAs who will not be able to attend your department training, you can send your TAs to the TATP discipline-specific workshops for first-contract TAs (e.g. “First-Time TAs in the Humanities”) offered as part of the TATP Workshop Series in September and January on all three campuses.  These sessions are 3 hours and address a range of teaching-related issues for new TAs with a broad disciplinary focus.  The dates for these sessions will be posted on the TATP website later this summer.

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CTSI Back-to-School Workshop Series

From Tuesday, August 23 – Friday, August 26, 2011, the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation will host a series of “Back-to-School” sessions on a range of teaching topics to help instructors get ready for the new school year.  These sessions are open to all new and returning instructors at the University of Toronto.

Here’s the schedule,

  • Tuesday, August 23
    • Setting the Tone for Success: The First Day and Beyond (9am – 12noon)
    • Supporting Student Learning: What Instructors Can Do and Who Else Can Help (1 – 4pm)
  • Wednesday, August 24
    • Building a Blackboard Course (9am – 12noon)
    • Small Group Instructional Approaches to Engage and Enthuse Learning (9am – 12noon)
  • Thursday, August 25
    • Assignment Design (9am – 12noon)
    • Formative Assessment: How to Keep Teaching and Learning on Track (1 – 4pm)
  • Friday, August 26
    • The Course Life Cycle: Managing Your Course (9am – 12noon)

You can register for these sessions online at: