TA Training and Workshops

Fall 2016 Workshops

Teaching Creative Problem Solving Skills: An Experiential Workshop

Monday, November 28 @ 5:00 - 8:00pm in IB 280


Facilitators: Michael DeBraga, Associate Professor - Teaching Stream & Tom Klubi, Learning Strategist

Thomas Edison once explained about his research, "I have not failed. I've just found ten thousand ways that don't work." Expanding current knowledge by addressing unanswered questions and resolving unresolved problems is a fundamental aspect of post-secondary education. Excellent problem solving skills and an understanding of how to develop these skills in students are essential to successful post-secondary teaching. In this session, participants will learn about various approaches to problem-solving, develop a set of criteria for identifying the steps necessary for sophisticated problem solving, enhance their problem-solving skills, and gain a more refined understanding of their strengths in problem-solving. Participants will also be exposed to how different approaches impact the problem solver and to aspects of a critical thinking methodology referred to as the ‘Graded Response Method’ (GRM).


After your Teaching Assistantship: Professional Development, Transferable Skills and Teaching Portfolios

Tuesday, November 15  @ 3:00 – 5:00pm in DV 1151


Facilitators: Mike Kasprzak, TATP Curriculum Developer & Kathleen Ogden, TATP UTM Trainer

Working as a Teaching Assistant in higher education offers an opportunity to acquire new or sharpen existing skills. Yet, it can be challenging to effectively identify and promote these competencies in your professional portfolio. In this workshop, you will explore ways to recognize and classify inter-professional teaching skills. You will learn how to develop, revise and manage your teaching portfolio and how to make the most out of professional development services and opportunities at U of T.


TA Training and Workshops

Information on Mandatory Training for New TAs

According to the current collective agreement for employees of C.U.P.E. 3902, all new (first contract) TAs in Unit 1 must be provided with 3 hours of pedagogical training time in their contract.

The preferred training option for new, first-contract TAs is a department-arranged group training. Departments and individual TAs may elect to fulfill this training by arranging for TATP staff to lead a group training session for all TAs in the department. Contact academicskills.utm@utoronto.ca to set up a group departmental training for your TAs.

"First-time TA” Workshops

“First-time TA” Workhops are designed as “catch-all” training workshops to provide basic training. First-contract TAs may attend to fulfill their mandatory training requirements, if no departmental training is available.

New TAs should download and have their department supervisor or TA coordinator complete a CUPE Training Request form (http://www.cupe3902.org/ta-training/paid-training/ ), to ensure their department is notified that they have completed of mandatory training hours. Please bring the completed form to the workshop you are attending. (See below for more information about attendance)

Other Training Event Options (to fulfil mandatory requirements)

If no other training opportunities exist, new, first-contract TAs may attend a (1-hour) CUPE Information Session (see below) in combination with any (2-hour) TATP Workshop.

However, a TATP Workshop attended to fulfill paid training may not be counted as credit toward TATP Certificate participation. (See below)

CUPE Information & Session Attendance

CUPE Informational Sessions

TAs who are unable to attend any of the above training options should plan to attend a 1-hour CUPE Info Session on any of the three campuses, and may complete their 3-hour training by attendance at other teaching training events, such as a TATP Workshop.

These sessions will be scheduled in late January.

Session Attendance (Information for TAs and Departments)

TAs attending TATP Workshops (including First-time TA Workshops and TATP Workshop Series) in order to fulfil mandatory training at any time during their first contract should download a Training Request form from CUPE 3902:
(http://www.cupe3902.org/documents-forms/unit-1/TrainingForm.pdf or http://www.cupe3902.org/ta-training) This form should be completed and signed by the departmental TA contact (normally the departmental TA coordinator, administrator or business officer responsible for managing TA contracts). The workshop facilitator may sign the Training Request form for confirmation of attendance after workshop is completed. TAs should then return the form to their departmental TA contact.

Attendance at TATP Workshops is recorded via sign-in sheet for purposes of recording completion of Certificate components. TAs must come prepared with a CUPE Training Request form (link above) in order to confirm completion of mandatory training hours. Attendance at Departmental Training sessions (led by TATP Staff) is recorded via sign-in sheet, which is then circulated to the departmental TA contact or administrator.

UTM Workshop Series & Certificate Program

Undergraduate students may complete the Teaching Fundamental (TF) certificate, however they are not eligible to participate in the Advanced University Teaching Preparation (AUTP) certificate.

*Workshops for credit in certificate program carry the designations of ‘core’ and ‘elective.’ Typically core workshops address central aspects of pedagogical training. These workshops can be attended at UTM, UTSC, or St. George. In rare circumstances, workshops not offered by CTSI may be counted for elective credit toward a TATP certificate (e.g. selected workshops in the Nutrition for Educators series at UTSC). Approval from the Assistant Director, CTSI is required.

Getting Started:

Visit the TATP Certificate Program page at http://www.teaching.utoronto.ca/gsta/certificate.htm.

UTM Workshops for TAs

TATP Workshops at UTM are hosted by the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre and run during the Fall and Winter terms. Workshops are normally 3 hours in length and focus on specialized aspects of classroom teaching, teaching preparation, employment training and professional development for TAs. Workshops are open to any student employed as a TA at the University of Toronto. TAs may elect to apply participation in Workshops towards completion of a TATP Certificate.

Please see current workshop listing at http://www.teaching.utoronto.ca/gsta/events.htm.