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TA Training

Being a TA in the Faculty of Computer Science

Required workshops, frequency of offerings, etc.

Workshops

Facilitating Learning for Diverse Learners - TA Training Level I

Designed and Facilitated by: Professor Susan Holmes, College of Continuing Education
Length: 1.5 hours

This workshop provides an opportunity for TAs and students who would like to become TAs to pause and reflect upon teaching and learning.  Through group activities and class discussion, participants will share experiences and ideas so as to become better at helping others learn.

Topics will be introduced in Level I workshop, and explored further in Level II.  Content is customized in response to the feedback from a needs assessment completed by participants, and may include:

  • Earning respect so the TA will not be ignored
  • Student engagement (NSSE), and what it means to TAs, Dalhousie, and the field of higher education
  • Preparation that leads to confidence and more effective lab sessions
  • Learning Style Preferences – yours, the students, and how this guides your teaching
  • Gagné’s 9 Events of Learning, with a focus on Gaining Attention
  • Consideration for the unique CS environment

All of this is explored within the context of expanding the participants’ perspective on the role of a Teaching Assistant in the CS Lab.

Facilitating Learning for Diverse Learners - TA Training Level II

Designed and Facilitated by: Professor Susan Holmes, College of Continuing Education
Length:
1.5 hours

This workshop provides an opportunity for experienced TAs and students who attended TA Training Level I to pause and reflect upon teaching and learning.  Through group activities and class discussion, participants will share experiences and ideas so as to become better at helping others learn.

Topics that were introduced in Level I workshop will be explored further in Level II.  Content is customized in response to the feedback from a needs assessment completed by participants, and challenges that surfaced in Level I, and may include:

  • Review of key concepts from Level I
  • Followup on teaching techniques tried in Labs as a result of Level I
  • Gagné’s 9 Events of Instruction as a framework for planning Lab sessions
  • Cognitive Apprenticeship as a model for teaching technology
  • Practice in designing a Lab session
  • Effective Questioning Techniques
  • Bloom’s Taxonomy of Thinking Skills as a guide for designing higher level questions
  • Practice in designing questions to test for understanding
  • Options for responding to student questions
  • Consideration for the unique CS environment

All of this is explored within the context of expanding the participants’ perspective on the role of a Teaching Assistant in the CS Lab.