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Teaching IDEAS Series

Instructional Development for Excellence And Success is an annual workshop series open to Duke graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff. Invited speakers in this series will draw upon their experience to address topics relevant to classroom teaching, dealing with students, or faculty life and career paths. You will learn how to:

  • recognize the complex dimensions of classroom teaching and faculty life,
  • analyze difficult teaching situations and respond creatively,
  • improve your teaching skills by drawing upon various resources at Duke,
  • plan and design courses with the student perspective in mind, and
  • engage in scholarly conversations about college teaching and learning.

Summer 2020: Online TA Skills

In collaboration with Learning Innovation, The Graduate School is offering a four-part workshop series to prepare for being an online teaching assistant. These workshops will incude presentations and conversations with experienced faculty, staff and graduate student TAs from a range of departments, all of whom have been engaged in the Bass Digital Education Fellowship Program. You are welcome to participate in any & all of the workshops you are interested in.

Online TA Skills: Getting Started in the Virtual Classroom
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
We’ll explore the digital skills needed to carry out a range of your TA responsibilities from managing the virtual classroom to hosting online office hours in Zoom! Graduate student TAs will be on hand to share examples from their own experience at Duke.
More information & registration.

Online TA Skills: Using Zoom Breakout Rooms
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Learn how to effectively use Zoom breakout rooms and its more advanced features (whiteboard & annotation tools). We’ll demonstrate interactive examples in Zoom to guide the TA through the process of facilitating a live Zoom session.
More information & registration.

Online TA Skills: Facilitating Inclusive Online Discussions
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
In the virtual classroom student learning will also take place through meaningful online discussion, including team-based discussions. Learn effective facilitation strategies to reach out, engage and manage virtual discussions using Zoom and Sakai.
More information & registration.

Online TA Skills: Wrapping up the Term
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
TAs have many tasks associated with wrapping up the term from managing student assignments and communications to using the Sakai gradebook. Our graduate student panel will share how they respond to (and solve!) end-of-semester instructional challenges.
More information & registration.

Past Workshops