Pre-Semester TA Training, Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Pre-Semester Teaching Development Programs for TAs and ITAs

Two campus-wide, pre-semester orientation programs for new teaching assistants and international teaching assistants (TAs and ITAs) are held each August and January.

The Graduate Academy for College Teaching prepares TAs for classroom teaching responsibilities (lecture, discussion, laboratory, or studio) by engaging them in interactive sessions about teaching strategies and resources. The program is designed as a conference with choices of sessions on foundational teaching topics, discipline-based teaching topics, and language, culture, and diversity topics.

January 2015 Graduate Academy Program (pdf)

August 2014 Graduate Academy Program (pdf)

The Graduate Symposium on Grading & Office Hours is for those TAs who have non-classroom responsibilities (grading and/or holding office hours). In large and small group sessions, TAs learn about effective and fair grading techniques and how to use office hours as an opportunity for good teaching and learning.

January 2015 Grading Symposium Program (pdf)

August 2014 Grading Symposium Program (pdf)

Note: Both programs have language and culture sessions to meet the University’s requirements for Appointment of Non-Native English Speaking Teaching Assistants. Departments register their TAs for these programs; individual TAs cannot register themselves.