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 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.
August 13 & 14, 2018
Great Plains // Memorial Union
REGISTER TO ATTEND
View Conference Schedule (Link to PDF coming soon)
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
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) 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 teaching assistants 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 teaching assistants 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 teaching assistants who are nominated to serve as leaders among NDSU teaching assistants. Each GTAG member is recognized as being an active participant in the NDSU teaching assistant learning community. Each GTAG member is committed to leading and facilitating a Teaching Assistant Learning Community for a full year and assisting with the annual Graduate Teaching and Learning Conference.
To be considered for the advisory group you must be a teaching assistant, 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.
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.