Teaching Assistants Professional Development Program
The Teaching Assistants Professional Development (TAPD) Program is designed to prepare Teaching Assistants (TAs) for their role and assigned duties at AUC and offer them opportunities for their own professional development.
This training program consists of four mandatory workshops offered during two days at the start of the fall and spring semesters. All TAs are required to attend these workshops and will receive a certification of attendance upon completion of the four workshops.
TAs are expected to register for one of the two days offered in advance and to alert the email address provided on the registration form if they are no longer able to attend that day. Attendance will be taken several times throughout the day.
In the Fall 2018 semester, the following CLT facilitated workshops will be offered in collaboration with the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies.
Workshops and Sessions
Participants are introduced to AUC’s academic integrity policy and are exposed to and discuss sample academic integrity cases.
TA Panel: Dealing with Difficult Situations
Panelists will share their experiences as TAs at AUC and work with smaller groups on case studies dealing with difficult situations facing TAs.
Scaffolding and Asking the Right Questions
Participants will be introduced to the principals of scaffolding and learn techniques on questioning and scaffolding for students.
Blackboard Self Learning Module
All TAs attending the new TAPD program in Fall 2017 are expected to watch the following links to complement the academic integrity workshop they will attend during the training.
Responsibilities of Teaching Assistants (TAs)
In accordance with the recommendations of the Dean’s Council Committee on the Duties of Teaching Assistants at AUC, February 2015.
TAs, who are graduates or graduate students, enhance their own learning experience and that of undergraduate students by assisting course instructors in facilitating learning activities for the course in and/or outside the classroom. In meeting their responsibilities of assisting faculty teaching undergraduate classes, labs, and studios, TAs are expected to carry out one or more of the following responsibilities based on course and/or departmental guidelines:
- Attend and observe classes of the course to which they are assigned
- Take attendance in classes, labs, and studios in presence of the course instructor
- Run trials of the work to be carried out by students prior to the lab and/or studio session
- Support students in carrying out experimental and/or creative work in labs and studios
- Assist in preparing answer keys for assignments where applicable
- Assist in the grading of quantitative components, of course, weighted assessments, such as assignments, quizzes, reports, and exams (quantitative components are those which can be graded with a key, not requiring the grader to make judgment calls)
- Assist in recording and/or calculating students’ grades, which are NOT the final course grades
- Assist in uploading course material onto online course management tools (e.g. Blackboard)
- Assist in preparing course material under the guidance of the course instructor
- Conduct revision, review, and/or problem sessions which do not require the introduction of new materials to students
- Lead in-class discussions and group activities which do not require the introduction of new materials to students
- Assist in proctoring quizzes and/or exams, but not carry this out in the absence of the course instructor
- Hold office hours
Additionally, for blended learning courses and MOOCs, TAs are expected to carry out one or more of the following responsibilities:
- Interact with students in online discussions and blogs, where applicable
- Respond to students' queries online
- Hold online office hours
TAs should never be responsible for:
- Grading qualitative components, of course, weighted assessments such as assignments, quizzes, reports, and exams. Qualitative components are those which require the grader to make an independent judgment call.
- Independently proctor quizzes and/or exams. Independent proctoring entails the presence of the TA in the room where the quiz and/or exam is held while the course instructor or qualified substitute proctor are absent.
- Independently introduce new material to students. A TA may not substitute for the course instructor in delivering new course material to students, where the effect is to relieve the instructor of his or her teaching responsibilities. This rule stands whether the instructor is present in the classroom and/or lab or not.
- Recording or calculating official grades. A TA cannot have access to Banner Self-Service, and any grading, of course, weighted assessments the TA carries out must be reviewed and approved by the course instructor for the grade to become official. Instructors are ultimately responsible for course grading.
- Taking attendance without the course instructor being present.