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Establishing good teaching practices at the graduate level is essential for individuals who plan to teach at a college or university. The following resources are available to all NDSU graduate teaching assistants.

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College Teaching Certificate

Graduate Teaching Advisory Group (GTAG)

Graduate Teaching and Learning Conference

Teaching Assistant Learning Communities (TALCS)

Teaching and Learning Book Club

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Graduate Teaching and Learning Conference



Each fall semester the Office of Teaching and Learning offers a Graduate Teaching and Learning conference. This conference is open to all Graduate Teaching Assistants who want to learn best practices of teaching and learning. The theme of this conference is “active-learning.”

Develop confidence and skills to lead your class and lab sessions with the highest level of student involvement in learning. Teaching Assistants who attend this conference will:

  • understand NDSU's policies,
  • learn about protecting students' educational information,
  • be able to more effectively work with students with disabilities, and
  • understand effective learning strategies.
Participants will form a year-long learning community, which will get together for periodic lunches to compare notes and work toward an even deeper level of understanding. In addition, all conference attendees will receive a certificate of attendance.

Conference Schedule

GRADUATE TEACHING AND LEARNING CONFERENCE
August 13 & 14, 2018
Great Plains // Memorial Union
REGISTER TO ATTEND

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MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 2018

9 - 9:30 a.m. - REGISTRATION + CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

9:30 - 9:45 a.m. - INTRODUCTIONS + CONFERENCE OVERVIEW // Brandy Randall + Jill Motschenbacher

9:45 - 10:00 a.m. - WELCOME // President Dean Bresciani + Provost Beth Ingram

10 - 10:45 a.m. - EFFECTIVE TEACHING // Carrie Anne Platt

10:45 - 11 a.m. - BREAK

11 a.m. - NOON - BREAKOUT SESSIONS // ONLINE TEACHING with Melissa Vosen Callens // LABORATORY CLASS TEACHING with Rebecca Davidson Reichenbach // LARGE LECTURE with Jessica Striker

12 p.m. - 1 p.m. - LUNCH

1 - 1:45 p.m. - WORKING WITH INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS // Dena Wyum

1:45 - 2:30 p.m. - GROWTH MINDSET // Casey Peterson

2:30 - 2:45 p.m. - BREAK + SNACK

2:45 - 3:30 p.m. - ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING // Mila Kryjevskaia

3:30 - 4 p.m. - DISCUSSIONS + WRAP UP // Brandy Randall + Jill Motschenbacher


TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2018

9 - 9:30 a.m. - CHECK-IN + CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

9:30 - 9:45 a.m. - WELCOME + DAY 2 OVERVIEW // Brandy Randall + Jill Motschenbacher

9:45 - 10:30 a.m. - EXAMPLES OF FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT AND TEAM TEACHING STRATEGIES FOR BETTER STUDENT ENGAGEMENT // Heidi Eukel, Jeanne Frenzel, and Elizabeth Skoy

10:30 - 10:45 a.m. - BREAK

10:45 - 11:30 a.m. - INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND HIGHER EDUCATION // Enrico Sassi + Shweta Srivastava

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - GIVING FEEDBACK ON WRITING // Enrico Sassi + Shweta Srivastava + Andrew Taylor

12:15 - 1:15 p.m. - LUNCH

1:15 - 2 p.m. - GETTING YOUR STUDENTS INVOLVED IN GROUP WORK // Lisa Christenson + Loren Baranko

2 - 2:30 p.m. - HANDLING THE STRESS OF MULTIPLE ROLES // Amber Bach-Gorman

2:30 - 2:45 p.m. - WRAP-UP AND Q&A SESSION // Brandy Randall + Jill Motschenbacher

2:45 - 3 p.m. - TRANSITION TO KEYNOTE SESSION IN CENTURY THEATER

** ALL GRADUATE STUDENTS WELCOME, NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED **

3 - 4:30 p.m. - KEYNOTE SPEAKER: METACOGNITION: THE KEY TO ACCELERATED SUCCESS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS AND THEIR STUDENTS // Saundra McGuire

4:30 - 5 p.m. - RECEPTION WITH REFRESHMENTS // Saundra McGuire


Teaching Assistant Learning Communities (TALCS)

Teaching Assistant Learning Communities (TALCS) are supportive year-long learning communities for teaching assistants at NDSU. Each TALCS group meets once per month for one hour. TALCS groups are open to TAs in any field of study but attendance at the Graduate Teaching and Learning conference offered each fall is required. Lunch is provided at these meetings.

Whether or not you plan to have a career in the classroom, participating in these groups offers you the opportunity to network with other TAs and learn valuable teaching skills.

Participants in a TALCS group consider classroom management concerns, identify opportunities in their classroom, and discuss things that have gone well and things that have not gone well in their classroom. TALCS groups are facilitated by members of the Graduate Teaching Advisory Group. All TALCS participants will receive a certificate of attendance.


Graduate Teaching Advisory Group (GTAG)

The Graduate Teaching Advisory Group (GTAG) is an exclusive group of five to six experienced TAs who are nominated to serve as leaders among NDSU TAs. Each GTAG member is recognized as being an active participant in the NDSU TA learning community. Each GTAG member is committed to leading and facilitating a Teaching Assistant Learning Community for a full year and to assisting with the annual Graduate Teaching and Learning Conference.

To be considered for the advisory group you must be a TA, have attended the Graduate Teaching and Learning Conference, and have actively participated in a Teaching Assistant Learning Community for at least a year. GTAG members are nominated by their peers or by themselves. Nominations are decided upon by the NDSU Graduate School in cooperation with the NDSU Office of Teaching and Learning.


Teaching and Learning Book Club

Beginning Thursday, February 1 // Stevens Hall, Room 203 // 3:30 p.m.
Featured book: Small Teaching by James M. Lang

Are you interested teaching? Want to join a group of like-minded graduate students to discuss teaching? If so, please join us this semester as we read through a book (or two) devoted to current best practices in teaching and learning in undergraduate education. At our biweekly meetings, we'll discuss the reading, generate ideas, and form a community of like-minded individuals, interested in becoming better instructors (and learners!).

We will meet every other Thursday starting February 1 in Stevens Hall, Room 203 (it's the conference room) at 3:30 pm. Our first book is Small Teaching by James M. Lang. For our first meeting, please read Part I: Knowledge.

Email Jenni Momsen for additional information.


More Teaching Assistant Resources


Active Learning Overview

An overview of the Active Learning teaching strategy with Paul Kelter, Professor and OTL Director and Brandy Randall, Associate Dean of the NDSU Graduate School.


Diary of a New TA

The Diary of a New TA is a project maintained by Arizona State University. It includes a variety of information that a new teaching assistant (TA) or graduate assistant(GA) may find useful. Topics include: Establishing a Professional Image, The Importance of Clear Communication, Take Plagiarism Seriously, and many other important topics. There is also a resource section that offers links to other reputable websites for TAs and GAs.

We Learn Together Blog

The Office of Teaching and Learning's We Learn Together Blog researches and writes posts about different teaching techniques that may enhance your teaching.


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