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A one-stop teaching resource for TAs now launched: introducing the TA Hub
Originally published on the AVP Learning & Teaching Stories website.
Graduate students will be able to feel more equipped for their teaching assistant roles at SFU thanks to the recently launched TA HUB.
The TA hub is a professional development resource that combines online modules and in-person sessions to help SFU teaching assistants (TAs) strengthen their teaching, leadership and interpersonal skills.
“The TA Hub will help TAs get a head start on effectively engaging with undergraduate students and fostering supportive learning environments. They can learn from experienced TAs through video interviews and learn teaching strategies through interactive case studies,” says Centre for Educational Excellence (CEE) Senior Director, Nanda Dimitrov.
The TA Hub was created by CEE and People Strategies (in Human Resources) with funding from the Student Experience Initiative.
The TA Hub aims to complement learning opportunities offered by academic units by focusing on teaching skills relevant across all disciplines. For example, graduate students can learn effective marking techniques or approaches for planning engaging lessons.
Tara Black, People Development Director in HR, notes that the response from the summer pilot of the in-person sessions is promising.
“We’re pleased to be able to provide learning opportunities for TAs to foster core leadership and interpersonal competencies. Feedback from the pilot series emphasized the value TAs found in learning about and gaining confidence in transferable skills such as communication skills and resolving conflict collaboratively. TAs are integral to the student experience and providing this kind of learning opportunity will ultimately help them support student learning.”
Learn more about the TA Hub by attending the Coffee Drop-in: Introducing the TA Hub events happening Thu, Aug 25 OR Mon, Aug 29 | 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | Burnaby campus. RSVP here.