TA Workshops & On-Going Support

Harvard Chan encourages its teaching assistants and course assistants to participate in at least the bi-annual training offered through the Office of Educational Programs, as well as any other pedagogy and skills-based training offered throughout the academic year to enhance their effectiveness in their positions.

Harvard Chan TA and CA Training Workshop

The Office of Educational Programs (OEP) offers TA training sessions twice during the academic year (early in September and in early January). Where eligible, TAs can attend sessions run by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), in partnership with the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning (see: http://bokcenter.harvard.edu/graduate-student-programs).

Spring 2021 – Harvard Chan Virtual Teaching Assistant Training

The Spring 2021 TA training will have both synchronous and asynchronous components for students to learn about common TA roles and responsibilities, university policies, and more. Specifically, the asynchronous components will include approximately an hour’s worth of recorded informational content across a variety of topics (similar to past training topics) and will be followed up by a two-hour interactive synchronous training scheduled in late January. The topics for this training will include: Several faculty members sharing their experiences working with TA’s and the value TA’s bring to the teaching and learning experience at HSPH, Supporting Students Academically and Personally, Establishing a Good Working Relationship with Faculty, Fostering Inclusive classrooms and Implicit Bias, and General Tips from Experienced TA’s. In total, students can expect the training to total of approximately three hours.

All new TA’s and those interested in learning more about being a TA should register for this mandatory training by completing this brief survey no later than January 15, 2021 at 12 pm ET: https://hsph.me/2c8

The asynchronous content and Canvas site will be available to TA’s on Wednesday, January 20th followed by the synchronous session scheduled for Wednesday, January 27th from 6-8pm EST.

Fall 2020 – Harvard Chan Virtual Teaching Assistant Training

The Fall 2020 training was complete on September 10, 2020. If you are a Fall, Fall 1, or Fall 2 TA, you can access the training and materials via the canvas site (permission is required).

Additional Workshops

Writing Multiple Choice Questions That Work with Andrew Pike, PhD, Curriculum Fellow in the HMX Office of Online Learning on December 17th, 12:30-2:00 REGISTER HERE

On-Going Support for Teaching Assistants

Lunch n’ Learn Series with HSPH IT every weekday from 12:00pm-1:00pm EDT via Zoom. Topics include Zoom, Canvas, and/or Poll Everywhere.

Fall 2020 Office Hours with Pedagogy Fellows: The Pedagogy Fellows one-on-one office hours are designed to support teaching fellows, course assistants, and other instructional staff members throughout the semester with tailored advice and resources. For more information click here.