TA-Conf-0610 croppedCTAL and the Office of Graduate & Professional Education will welcome new graduate students to UD on August 20, 2014, in Clayton Hall.  The day will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will will include specialized break-out sessions on teaching and research.  Attendance is mandatory for new UD graduate students and the full program will be available soon.

Following the morning session of New Graduate Student Orientation, the TA Orientation introduces new TAs to UD resources, policies, and best practices of learning and teaching, accommodates TAs across disciplines and with varied teaching responsibilities. Sessions on instructional topics are facilitated by TA Fellows across disciplines. The TA Fellows bring considerable teaching experience and knowledge of the UD undergraduate students to their sessions, and they model various ways of effectively engaging students.



1:00 – 1:45 Nitty Gritty: Academic integrity, TA conduct, resources

  • Academic integrity
  • Recognizing and preventing cheating and plagiarism
  • Sexual harassment
  • Disability services
2:00 – 2:45 How can I create an environment that welcomes all students? Ideas for embracing diversity. How do I know if students are learning? Ideas for classroom assessment of learning. Enhancing learning, organization, and communication via technology.
3:00 – 3:45 Join TAs in your discipline to discuss the roles of TAs, how to work with the instructor and handle problems, and explore ideas about giving feedback to students. Led by teams of experienced TAs.

  • Teaching in a science laboratory
  • Leading labs in engineering
  • Teaching modern languages
  • Teaching social sciences
  • Teaching in the arts and humanities
3:45 Ice Cream from the UD Creamery & Meet Graduate Directors and contacts from your department

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