UBC TA Institute: Sept 10-16, 2020


From: Ghuman, Sukhi
Sent: August 27, 2020 10:04 AM
Subject: UBC TA Institute: Sept 10-16, 2020

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The CTLT Teaching Assistant (TA) Institute is five days of free professional development workshops for UBC graduate students and undergraduate TAs. The TA Institute from September 10 – 16, 2020, includes a collection of workshops designed to support TAs as their roles change with the move to online courses this fall. Sessions include; leading synchronous and asynchronous discussions online, TA’ing large classes, exploring Zoom, supporting student well-being and managing technical difficulties. View the full schedule of events and learn more at https://institute.ctlt.ubc.ca/ta-institute/september-2020-ta-institute/. Recordings and resources from past online sessions can be found here.  …



Sukhi Ghuman  (She, Her, Hers)

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Teaching Assistant Workshops on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion


Delivered by UBC’s Equity & Inclusion Office, the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) in TAing workshops support new and returning teaching assistants in incorporating equity, diversity, and inclusion into their work.

If you are an incoming teaching assistant, sign-up now and learn how to create more inclusive and thriving classroom environments. Sessions start September 10 and cover three specific areas that intentional EDI efforts can enhance: a) students’ sense of belonging; b) their engagement with content and assessment; and c) the skills needed to work across difference.

Check here for information:  UBC’s Equity & Inclusion Office – Teaching Assistant Workshops


Virtual Orientation for LFS Teaching Assistants


The annual Orientation for LFS Teaching Assistants will be held virtually on Friday, August 28th from 10 AM to 12 PM. This session is a wonderful opportunity for new TAs to meet key personnel in our faculty and each other. Topics to be covered include TA roles and responsibilities, confidentiality and best practices, online teaching tools used at UBC, the Learning Centre resources, and the CUPE 2278 collective agreement.

Instructors who will be supervising first-time TAs in 2020-21 may want to encourage these students to attend the event.

Meeting access and additional event information will be sent after registration at: http://bit.ly/LFSTA2020