L&S TA Training for Remote Teaching: Outline of training content

Below is a summary of L&S TA Training for Remote Teaching. This training was made possible by the generous support of Roger and Cynthia Gullickson.

Dates: January 15-31, 2020
Objective: Welcome and orient TAs, and provide tools and strategies for remote teaching.
Audience: New and returning TAs
Registration: 
  1. Login with your NetID and click “Enroll in Course”. 

  2. Click “Go to the Course” and review the information and next steps. 


This training covers the basic use of Canvas and other campus-supported tools to facilitate remote courses as a Teaching Assistant. It is intended to complement department- or discipline-specific training and guidance.


All new L&S TAs for spring 2021 are strongly encouraged to participate! Participants should schedule about 15 hours total to complete the training over 2 weeks. Ideal participation is engaging with the course regularly throughout 1-2 weeks. The course is mostly asynchronous, with some synchronous interaction. (Facilitators will schedule these flexible synchronous opportunities once the course begins.) Participants will finish the training with materials to use in their course, a checklist to guide conversations with their lead instructor and/or teaching team, and links to more in-depth professional development.

Course outline

Orientation 
Includes materials to complete prior to Module 1 to welcome participants to the course, the College, and Canvas.

Module 1: Your Role as a Remote TA.

Learning Objectives:
  •     New TAs: Remember essential policies relevant to your TA role.
  •     New TAs: Explain the basic features of Canvas for communication and organization.
  •     Connect your responsibilities as a teaching assistant to UW-Madison’s remote instruction environment.
  •     Plan how to introduce yourself to your students.
  •     Identify supportive resources for answering key questions and helping your students during the semester.
Activities:
  •     Readings: Remote TA roles, Canvas orientation, Key policies, Introductions & persona, Get help
  •     Discussion board: Meet your group
  •     Quiz: Canvas basics and key policies
  •     Assignment: Write your introduction
  •     Survey: Module 1 reflection
Module 2: How Students Learn Remotely

Learning Objectives:
  • Consider how good practice in undergraduate education translates to a remote course.
  • Articulate how your TA responsibilities contribute to a high-quality learning experience for your students.
  • Identify strategies for communicating with and supporting students.
Activities:
  • Readings: Best practices in undergraduate education, L&S fall criteria, Pandemic communication tips
  • Discussion board: Ice breakers & getting to know students
  • Survey: Module 2 reflection
Module 3: Presenting Content

Learning Objectives
  • Remember how to organize and present content for students
  • Explain how to use Canvas to create accessible supplementary content for students.
  • Identify UW-supported tools for creating and delivering short videos.
Activities:
  • Readings: Creating and choosing supplemental content, Canvas Pages and Files, Make short videos
  • Discussion board follow-up
  • Quiz: Accessible Canvas content
  • Survey: Module 3 reflection
Module 4: Leading Discussion Sections

Learning Objectives:
  • Compare affordances of synchronous and asynchronous discussions.
  • Identify UW-supported tools for facilitating discussion section meetings.
  • Plan a synchronous or asynchronous online discussion for your course
Activities:
  • Readings: Asynchronous and synchronous discussions, Canvas Discussions, BBCollaborate Ultra
  • Assignment: Outline a discussion section activity
  • Survey: Module 4 reflection
Module 5: Grading Assignments and Providing Feedback

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify ways to communicate with students about grades.
  • Explain how to collect, grade, and provide feedback on assignments within Canvas.
  • Identify strategies for formative assessment.
Activities:
  • Readings: Communicating about grades, Formative assessments, Canvas Assignments and Quizzes, Canvas grading tools
  • Quiz: Grading scenarios
  • Survey: Module 5 reflection
Summary:
  • Includes a checklist to guide conversation with a teaching team and/or lead instructor to start the semester, plus links to additional professional development opportunities.