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TA Training/Orientation: Teaching and Learning Workshop

Friday, August 25, 2017
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Sherman Hall : 003

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All new Teaching Assistants and all graduate students who are interested in teaching (during or after graduate school) should plan to attend this orientation session. This session is part of the annual PROF-it (Professors-in-Training) suite of activities offered to graduate students.  

Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

Topics include:

  •  $2000 "Professors in Training" (PROF-it) Opportunities at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) - UMBC/CCBC Teaching Fellows Program
  • Teaching Undergraduates Through the "Introduction to an Honors University (IHU)" Program
  • The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Leadership (CIRTL) - UMBC's Role in the national center, and available resources
  • "Teaching Disciplinary Thinking" 
  • Instructional Technologies (Including Blackboard, Bb screencasting, and Bb Collaborate for virtual office hours.)  
  • Conflict Resolution: What Every TA Needs to Know
  • Assisting Students with Disabilities
  • Counseling Center
  • Panels of experienced TAs and instructors in Social Sciences and Humanities disciplines, and for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.


8:30 AM: Registration and breakfast outside of SHER 003 (hallway inside the building)

9:00 AM: Instructional Technologies - Blackboard Online Technology for Teaching - Includes Bb screen casting, and Bb Collaborate for virtual office hours.

Mariann Hawken, eLearning Coordinator, UMBC Division of Information Technology

9:30 AM: PROF-it Teaching Opportunities

  • Teaching opportunities that exist with UMBC's first-year programs (Jill Randles, Assistant Vice President and Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Education)
  • Opportunities for enhanced training with Skillsoft (Jill Wardell, Manager, Workplace Learning & Wellness)
  • CCBC, AACC, Ana G. Mendez University (Dr. Renetta Tull); Center for the Integration of Teaching and Learning - CIRTL (Dr. Renetta Tull)
10:00 AM " Teaching Disciplinary Thinking" 

Dr. Linda Hodges, Director of the Faculty Development Center

11:00 AM: Conflict Resolution (TBC)

Stephanie Lazarus, Human Relations Manager

11:15 AM: Assisting Students with Disabilities

Tawny McManus, Director, Office of Student Disability Services

11:30 AM: Counseling Center (TBC)

Dr. Kristin Sagun, Assistant Director, Counseling Center

11:45 AM: "Top TAs" Give Advice in Discipline-specific sessions

  1. The Graduate Assistant Advisory Committee
  2. Breakout Sessions (Discussions include: Leading a lab, grading, teaching class, time management, and more)
a) TAs in COEIT

b) TAs in CAHSS

c) TAs in CNMS

This agenda will be updated with further details.

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