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“My students didn’t look like they were having fun”: Three additions to the TA/TM Stories podcast series
By Centre for Educational Excellence staff
Three new podcasts published by the Centre for Educational Excellence in early December provide fresh glimpses into the lives of teaching support staff. All three are part of the six-part TA/TM Stories series and feature interviews with SFU teaching assistants, tutor-markers or sessional instructors.
Episode 4 in the six-part TA/TM Stories series is titled “Creating Connections in Online Courses” and describes the challenges of developing relationships and community in virtual environments.
Episode 5 is titled “Confessions of a First-time Sessional” and focuses on the realization that being a good teacher is about much more than being well-liked.
Episode 6 is titled “From Bored to Active” and centres on how a novice teaching assistant came to discover the importance of interactivity as a means of fostering student engagement and learning.
The series was produced by Jackie Amsden and Duane Woods of the Centre for Educational Excellence.
Listen to episodes 4 to 6 below. Episodes 1 to 3 are accessible here.
4. TA/TM Stories: Creating Connections in Online Courses
With Michelle La (sociology and anthropology)
“We’ve tried to make ourselves seem human … Perhaps we overshare.”
5. TA/TM Stories: Confessions of a First-time Sessional
With Medha Satish Kumar (Beedie School of Business)
“I thought being a nice person would mean automatically that you are a good teacher too. I found out later that you needed to do a lot more things.”
6. TA/TM Stories: From Bored to Active
With Guillermo Santa Cruz (educational psychology)
“My students didn’t look like they were having fun.”