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.
Each fall semester the Office of Teaching and Learning, in partnership with the NDSU Graduate School, 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.
All conference attendees will receive a certificate of attendance.
August 19 & 20, 2019
Great Plains // Memorial Union
REGISTER TO ATTEND >> (Link opens July 1)
MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 2019
9 - 9:30 a.m. - REGISTRATION + CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
9:30 - 9:45 a.m. - INTRODUCTIONS + CONFERENCE OVERVIEW // Brandy Randall + Jill Motschenbacher
9:45 - 10 a.m. - WELCOME SPEAKERS // President Dean Bresciani + Claudia Tomany
10 - 10:45 a.m. - EFFECTIVE TEACHING // Carrie Anne Platt
10:45 - 11 a.m. - BREAK
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. - INTEGRATED COURSE DESIGN // Melissa Vosen Callens
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. - LUNCH
1 - 1:45 p.m. - STUDENTS AS INDIVIDUALS // Dena Wyum
1:45 - 2:30 p.m. - USING MOVEMENT IN THE CLASSROOM // Amy Tichy
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. - BREAK AND SNACK
2:45 - 3:30 p.m. - GROWTH MINDSET: A SELF-TEST OF HOW YOU THINK // Jill Motschenbacher
3:30 - 4 p.m. - DISCUSSIONS + WRAP UP // Brandy Randall + Jill Motschenbacher
TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2019
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. - ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING: THE IMPORTANCE OF INTERACTIONS // Mila Kryjevskaia + Brianna Santangelo
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. - BREAK
10:45 - 11:30 a.m. - INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND HIGHER EDUCATION // Carol Bishop + Steven Disrub
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - STUDENT SUCCESS STRATEGIES FOR UNDERSERVED STUDENTS // Meghan Yerhot
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. - LUNCH
1:15 - 2 p.m. - GETTING YOUR STUDENTS INVOLVED IN GROUP WORK // Lisa Christenson + Loren Baranko
2 - 2:45 p.m. - GIVING FEEDBACK ON WRITING // Enrico Sassi + Andrew Taylor
2:45 - 3 p.m. - BREAK + SNACK
3 - 3:45 P.M. - HANDLING THE STRESS OF MULTIPLE ROLES // Amber Bach-Gorman
3:45 - 4 p.m. - WRAP-UP + Q&A SESSION // Brandy Randall + Jill Motschenbacher
Registration form will be active on July 1, 2019.
I acknowledge that by submitting this registration I will be in attendance for this event. If I do not attend and do not cancel my registration by noon (12:00 pm) on Wednesday August 14, my student account will be charged $15.00 per day for each day of non-attendance to account for the wasted meals that were ordered for me.
To cancel my registration, I must email Ann.Fredrickson@ndsu.edu
Active Learning Overview
The video above offers an overview of active learning teaching featuring Paul Kelter, Professor and OTL Director and Brandy Randall, Associate Dean of the NDSU Graduate School.
The Diary of a New TA(teaching assistant) is a project maintained by Arizona State University. It includes a variety of information that a new teaching assistant or graduate assistant 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 teaching assistants and graduate assistants.
The Office of Teaching and Learning's We Learn Together Blog researches and writes posts about different teaching techniques that may enhance your teaching.