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 TF and CA Training Workshop
The Office of Educational Programs (OEP) offers TF training sessions twice during the academic year (early in September and in early January). Where eligible, TFs 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 Harvard Chan School of Public Health requires that new Teaching Fellows attend the schoolwide TF training prior to the start of their appointment. The Spring 2022 TF training will have both synchronous and asynchronous components for students to learn about common TF 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 two evenings of interactive synchronous sessions prior to the start of the Spring term scheduled on Tuesday, January 18th and Thursday, January 20th.
The topics for this training will include: Faculty members sharing their experiences working with TF’s and the value TF’s bring to the teaching and learning experience at HSPH, Supporting Students Academically and Personally, Establishing a Good Working Relationship with Faculty, Value of Rubrics & Grading Across Disciplines, Engaging Diverse Groups of Learners, and Canvas Tips & Tricks. Overall, students can expect both parts of the training to total approximately 5-1/2 hours.
All TF’s are automatically enrolled in the year-long TF Training Canvas Site for AY 21-22 prior to the start of the term of appointment. TF’s are encouraged to reach out to the Office of Educational Programs at OED@hsph.harvard.edu with any questions and/or to request access to the site.
Additional 2021-2022 workshops will be added soon.
On-Going Support for Teaching Fellows
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.
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.