Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
8:45 AM - 10:00 AM (Bloomberg Auditorium)
Matthew Roller, Vice-Dean of Graduate Education, KSAS
Ed Scheinerman, Vice Dean of Graduate Education, WSE
Mike Reese, Associate Dean, CER
Academic Assistance for Undergraduates
Jim Fry, Assistant Dean, Academic Advising
Dealing with Students with Disabilities
Brent Mosser, Academic Support & Disability Services
Relating to Your Students
Leslie Leathers, Staff Psychologist, Counseling Center
Ethics and Academic Integrity
John Toscano, Vice-Dean of Science & Research, KSAS
Faculty Expectations of a Teaching Assistant
Richard Shingles, Director, TA Training Institute
WORKSHOP “A” SERIES
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
"Preparing for the first day"
A1. Preparing for the First Day: Humanities and Social Sciences (Bloomberg 168)
A2. Preparing for the First Day: Engineering (Bloomberg 274)
A3. Preparing for the First Day: Sciences (Bloomberg 272)
WORKSHOP “B” SERIES
10:50 AM - 11:20 AM
"Supporting a course"
B1. Support for International TAs (Bloomberg 278)
This workshop will address issues of specific concern to international TAs and review sources of support for increasing effective communication and cross-cultural understanding.
B2. Leading Discussions (Bloomberg 168)
This workshop will help participants identify strategies for fostering productive class discussions, such as how to ask questions effectively, engage reticent students, and manage challenges that typically arise in the course of discussions.
B3. Leading Labs: Sciences and Engineering (Bloomberg 272)
This workshop will instruct TAs on how to create experiential learning environments in laboratories, including attention to common procedures and various instructional styles. We will also address responsibilities, preparation, teaching techniques, engaging students, common difficulties and misunderstandings, leading discussions, problem solving, data issues, and using the blackboard.
B4. Active Learning in Practice (Bloomberg 274)
Come and experience live Active Learning Exercises (ALEs). Find out about tips and tools used in ALEs and how to manage an active classroom.
WORKSHOP “C” SERIES
11:30 AM - Noon
"Evaluating a course"
C1. Using Blackboard (Bloomberg 272)
This workshop will introduce TAs to BLACKBOARD, which is available for every course. An explanation of the various tools and functions of Blackboard that may be useful in TA-led sessions will be given. TAs will be shown the communication tools available and how to use the Gradebook.
C2. Evaluating Writing Assignments (Bloomberg 278)
This workshop will cover the use of rubrics for consistent grading and ways of providing constructive feedback when assessing writing assignments. Fostering correct citation skills and detecting plagiarism will be addressed, and resources for students who need assistance with their writing will be identified.
C3. The Art of Problem Solving Instruction (Bloomberg 168)
This session will be most applicable to TA’s leading sections involving a lot of problem solving. Learn how to conduct such sessions, identify student difficulties and how to evaluate students.
C4. Grading STEM classes (Bloomberg 274)
The STEM TA's most vexing duty is grading problems, and the unprepared are far more likely to make mistakes. Learn tips to grading professionally: the right philosophy and a robust rubric will save you time and safeguard your sanity.
"FIND OUT ABOUT" AND LUNCHEON
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Bloomberg 2nd floor Lobby)
During lunch, wander over to the information table for an informal chat with CER and library staff on various topics related to teaching and technology. Worried about not knowing how to answer a question? Concerned about public speaking? Don’t know how to manage a class? Scared of being inadequately prepared? Talk to “seasoned” faculty and TAs about concerns you have for your class.
Some of the resources and services offered by the Center for Educational Resources (CER) and the Library (MSEL) staff include:
- Blackboard CMS - Amy Brusini
- Cloud Storage Solutions - Brian Cole
- Turnitin - Brian Cole
- JHU Teaching Academy - Kelly Clark
- Teaching with Library Resources - Stephanie Gamble
- Teaching Tips & Tricks - Richard Shingles