TADA sessions in 2022-2023 include:

Teaching Assistant Orientation (TAO)
Thursday, September 1, 2022, 10 am to 3 pm

Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment: Identities, Language and Respect
Thursday, September 29, 2022, 3–5 pm

Importance of Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Activities, and Assessment
Wednesday, October 26, 2022, 1–3 pm

Basics of Crafting Your Teaching Philosophy
Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 1-3 pm *note different date from previous announcement

EDI in Biology: Practices for Creating “Productive” Challenges, Not Barriers
Thursday, January 19, 2023, 3–5 pm

How People Learn and Active Learning in STEM Teaching
Thursday, February 16, 2023, 3–5 pm

Lab and Field Learning: Experiential Learning
TBD

Using TA Experience for Professional Development and Career Advancement
TBD

Alumni Panel: Careers in Educational Leadership, Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUI), and Balancing Research and Teaching
TBD

More details will be provided as the session details are developed. Click the title of each session for more information.

TA Orientation (TAO)
Thursday, September 1st, 2022, 10 am to 3 pm

This orientation introduces the new graduate student TAs to the culture of teaching Biology at UBC, their role as a TA, and the expectations we have of them. They will consider some of the situations that confront a TA before they face their students and be made aware of resources available on campus.

Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment: Identities, Language, Respect
Thursday, September 29th, 2022, 3–5 pm

In this workshop participants will:

  • Define diversity, equity, inclusion, and basic terminology regarding equity-deserving groups including: 2SLGBTQIA+, racial and ethnic minorities, and disabled and neurodivergent groups
  • Explain the importance of using appropriate terminology, and the harm that can come from not doing so
  • Implement simple actions that establish a safe, equitable and inclusive environment for all students
  • Plan strategies to foster an inclusive learning environment for students, including considerations of respecting myriad intersecting student identities
  • Anticipate and respond to common relevant situations/conflicts in a way that is supportive

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Activities, and Assessment
Wednesday, October 26, 2022, 1–3 pm

In this workshop participants will:

  • Design realistic, achievable, measurable, and student-centred learning objectives
  • Analyze any learning objective with respect to Bloom's Taxonomy
  • Describe several assessment techniques and recognize their alignment with particular types of learning goals
  • In your teaching team, work together to evaluate student assessments fairly, professionally, and efficiently
  • Evaluate assessment techniques as learning/feedback opportunities