Graduate Teaching Assistant Resources
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.
College Teaching Certificate
Graduate Teaching Advisory Group (GTAG)
Graduate Teaching and Learning Conference
Teaching Assistant Learning Communities (TALCS)
Teaching and Learning Book Club
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.
GRADUATE TEACHING AND LEARNING CONFERENCE
August 14 & 15, 2017
Great Plains // Memorial Union
MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 2017
8:30 - 9 a.m. - REGISTRATION + CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
9 - 9:15 a.m. - INTRODUCTIONS + CONFERENCE OVERVIEW // Paul Kelter + Brandy Randall
9:15 - 9:30 a.m. - SPECIAL GUEST WELCOME // Joe Mocnik, Dean of NDSU Libraries
9:30 - 10:15 a.m. - SMALL CHANGES, BIG RESULTS: FOCUSING ON THE FUNDAMENTALS OF EFFECTIVE TEACHING // Carrie Anne-Platt
10:15 - 11 a.m. - STUDENTS AS INDIVIDUALS // Dena Wyum
11 a.m. - NOON - BREAKOUT SESSIONS // ONLINE TEACHING with Melissa Vosen Callens // CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES with Kimberly Booth // LARGE LECTURE with John Buncher
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. - LUNCH PRESENTATION // UNLOCKING THE TECHNOLOGY TOOLBOX IN YOUR CLASSROOM // Melissa Stotz
1 - 1:45 p.m. - ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING // Mila Kryjevskaia
1:45 - 2:45 p.m. - STUDENT SERVICES PANEL // Ace Tutoring, Counseling Center, Disability Services, and Title IX.
2:45 - 3 p.m. - WRAP-UP
TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2017
8:30 - 9 a.m. - CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
9 a.m. - WELCOME + DAY 2 OVERVIEW // Paul Kelter + Brandy Randall
9:15 - 10 a.m. - GETTING STUDENTS INVOLVED WITH GROUP WORK, CASE WORK, ETC. // Annie Tangpong
10 - 10:45 a.m. - INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS & HIGHER EDUCATION // Enrico Sassi + Shweta Sharma
10:45 - 11:30 a.m. - MOVEMENT IN THE CLASSROOM // Chelsea Pace + Warren Christensen
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - LUNCH PRESENTATION // THE TA BALANCING ACT: MANAGING MULTIPLE ROLES
1 - 1:45 p.m. - BEING A PRODUCTIVE RESEARCHER & A GOOD TEACHER // Lydia Tackett
1:45 - 2:30 p.m. - THE PAUL & BRANDY SHOW: TEACHING Q&A // Paul Kelter + Brandy Randall
2:30 - 3 p.m. - CONFERENCE WRAP-UP
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Office of Teaching and Learning's We Learn Together Blog researches and writes posts about different teaching techniques that may enhance your teaching.