2021 Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation

 

Title: 2021 TA Orientation

Information and Schedule of Events

Like other (non-COVID impacted) years, this year’s new TA orientation is comprised of two components. A day of live interactive events and an asynchronous training session you may take at your own pace.

The first portion of the 2021 virtual TA orientation will kick off at 9:00am on August 23rd and continue (with breaks) through 4:40pm. This packed day will consist of a series of synchronous and interactive presentations, workshops, and trainings; and will provide you with the information you need to teach this semester and beyond!

Schedule of Events

 

9:00 – 10:30 am – Morning Orientation Session

Welcome and Introductions

Johannes Britz (Provost and Vice Chancellor)
Jason Puskar (Professor and Dean, UWM Graduate School)
Diane Reddy (Director CETL, Professor Psychology)

Role of the Teaching Assistant at UW-Milwaukee

Diane Reddy

Managing Student Concerns and Challenges in a COVID-19 Environment

Rebecca Freer (Associate Dean of Students)

Q&A Town Hall

Diane Reddy
Abby Meddaugh (Associate Dean of Students)

Review of Synchronous Sessions

Lane Sunwall (Teaching, Learning, and Technology Consultant, CETL)

10:30 – 10:40 am – Transition Break

 

10:40 – 11:55 am – Concurrent Sessions: Block 1

Block 1 Session Descriptions and Presenter Bios

Canvas 1  |  Basics

Ed Price (Teaching, Learning, and Technology Consultant, CETL)
Kathy Pinkowsky (Instructional Technologist, L&S Information Technologies)

Teaching with Zoom

Dylan Barth (Teaching, Learning, and Technology Consultant, CETL)

Teaching Focus 1  |  Semester –> Unit –> Lesson: Planning Using Backwards Design

Lauren Clark (Linguistics)

Teaching Focus 2  |  Evidence-based Strategies for Teaching Success

Austin Harris (Atmospheric Science)

11:55 – 12:25 pm – Lunch Break

12:25 – 1:40 pm – Concurrent Sessions: Block 2

Block 2 Session Descriptions and Presenter Bios

Canvas 2 | Advanced

Ed Price (Teaching, Learning, and Technology Consultant, CETL)
Kathy Pinkowsky (Instructional Technologist, L&S Information Technologies)

Teaching with Zoom

Dylan Barth (Teaching, Learning, and Technology Consultant, CETL)

Teaching Focus 3  |  Assessment as a Teaching Tool: Using Formative Assessment to Improve Student Learning

Theresa Beaumier (Sociology)

Teaching Focus 4  |  Understanding your role as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA): Impactful teaching methods to facilitate active learning in both online and face-to-face classrooms

Iruoma Ezumba (Communication)

1:40 – 1:50 pm – Transition Break

1:50 – 2:50 pm – Concurrent Sessions: Block 3

Block 3 Session Descriptions and Presenter Bios

Canvas 3  |  Tips & Tricks

Kathy Pinkowsky (Instructional Technologist, L&S Information Technologies)
Ed Price (Teaching, Learning, and Technology Consultant, CETL)

Teaching Focus 5  |  Teaching for Engagement: Practical Active Learning Techniques

Leah Johnson (Chemistry)

Teaching Assistant Q&A

Sarah MacDonald (Teaching, Learning, and Technology Consultant, CETL)
Vijaya Tamla Rai (Sociology)
Lauren Clark (Linguistics)
Austin Harris (Atmospheric Science)

2:50 – 3:00 pm – Transition Break

3:00 – 4:00 pm – Concurrent Sessions: Block 4

Block 4 Session Descriptions and Presenter Bios

Canvas 4  |  Multimedia and Canvas

Kathy Pinkowsky (Instructional Technologist, L&S Information Technologies)
Ed Price (Teaching, Learning, and Technology Consultant, CETL)

Teaching Focus 6  |  You Can Do! Unleashing Active Learning Using the Case Study Method

Vijaya Tamla Rai (Sociology)

Teaching Assistant Q&A

Sarah MacDonald (Teaching, Learning, and Technology Consultant, CETL)
Theresa Beaumier (Sociology)
Iruoma Ezumba (Communication)
Leah Johnson (Chemistry)

4:00 – 4:10 pm – Transition Break

4:10 – 4:40 pm – Closing Session

Closing, Review of Asynchronous Orientation Material, and Q&A

Lane Sunwall (Teaching, Learning, and Technology Consultant, CETL)

Asynchronous TA Orientation

The synchronous live orientation will be supplemented by an online course that offers asynchronous access to additional content and will introduce you to HR, campus policies, resources, and additional services available to you at UWM.

This portion of training will be available following the live content of August 23. More information, including access links, will be made available shortly. 

We are excited to announce that if you complete all components of the New Teaching Assistant Orientation by the end of September you will earn the CETL TA Professional Development Digital Badge.

 

Additional COVID-19 Accommodations

Given the unprecedented disruption to travel caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we realize you may not be able to attend the synchronous portions of the training. Therefore, all synchronous components of the New TA Orientation will be recorded, and special accommodations will be made if you are unable to attend the live/synchronous components but still wish to complete the digital badge.

 

If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to Lane Sunwall at sunwall@uwm.edu.