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Faculty Development Cluster: What should constitute TA training?. Rebekka Darner Marcia Shofner Ruth Buskirk. Summary of TA Programs. University of Florida ( Rebekka Darner) Graduate seminar Students/TAs read primary literature and discuss Students/TAs write their teaching philosophy

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faculty development cluster what should constitute ta training

Faculty Development Cluster: What should constitute TA training?

Rebekka Darner

Marcia Shofner

Ruth Buskirk

summary of ta programs
Summary of TA Programs
  • University of Florida (Rebekka Darner)
    • Graduate seminar
    • Students/TAs read primary literature and discuss
    • Students/TAs write their teaching philosophy
    • Students/TAs get video-recorded and debrief with instructor of seminar
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Summary of TA Programs
  • University of Texas at Austin (Ruth Buskirk)
    • Graduate seminar
    • Assignments include writing exam questions, observing lecture and lab classes, designing active learning exercise, writing case studies & syllabi
    • Discussions of learning styles, problem students, university regulations and resources, FERPA
    • “micro-teach” video-taped lesson, others critique
summary of ta programs2
Summary of TA Programs
  • University of Maryland (Marcia Shofner)
    • Graduate seminar for all new TAs
      • Team-taught by 3 experienced faculty each representing a different graduate program
    • TAs write their teaching philosophy
    • TAs are observed in their lab/discussion by experienced TA or faculty who provide feedback
    • Mid-semester and final TA evaluations given
  • UTA Teaching Fellows in lower level classes
    • UTAs attend 1 credit seminar on pedagogy
    • Mid-semester and final UTA evaluations
    • Must observe experienced GTA before teaching 1st lab/ discussion
challenges successes
Challenges & Successes
  • Encouraging TAs to take their teaching seriously when their mentors don’t
  • Engaging TAs in active learning exercises when their instructors don’t use them in class
  • Increased confidence in teaching and curricular design
  • Sharing experiences with other TAs and discussing how they would handle problems
survey results from blcers
Survey Results from BLCers
  • Your biggest challenges:
    • Research mentor apathy (58.8%)
    • Lack of TA competence/confidence in subject (82.4%)
    • TA apathy (70.6%)
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Survey Results from BLCers
  • What you think should be included in TA prep:
    • Teaching ethics, dealing with academic dishonesty (72.2%)
    • How to lead a discussion (77.8%)
    • Grading policies, criteria, rubrics (83.3%)
    • Giving a Powerpoint presentation (64.7%)
    • How to deal with difficult teaching situations (70.6%)
resources on ta training
Resources on TA Training
  • Our new wiki

http://training-biology-tas.wikispaces.com

  • Come check out our poster!