Remote Teaching Resources for TAs
UC Davis offers a variety of resources to support teaching assistants and associate instructors in the remote environment. Whether you're starting out as a new TA, honing your skillset after multiple teaching experiences, or looking to connect with other graduate instructors, there are resources and programs available to meet your needs.
The TA's Guide to Effective Teaching
The TA's Guide to Effective Teaching at UC Davis (see sidebar) is a comprehensive guide which includes teaching strategies, advice from graduate instructors, and frequently asked questions. The guide covers a wide range of topics, including planning the first day of class, checking for student understanding, engaging students, and creating an inclusive classroom environment. It was updated during the summer of 2020 to provide additional tips and strategies for teaching online.
The Keep Teaching website includes two guides specifically for TAs, Active Learning Online for TAs and Online Equity and Inclusion for TAs. However, the Keep Teaching website was designed for instructors from a variety of disciplines with varying levels of online teaching experience, so most of the strategies throughout the site can be adapted for your particular teaching context and role(s). The Just-in-Time Teaching (JITT) resources, available through the Center for Educational Effectiveness, also include a wide range of teaching strategies that can be applied to face-to-face, remote, and hybrid teaching contexts.
The Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) offers a variety of consultations for graduate and postdoc instructors, which are provided by graduate students who are trained as TA Consultants (TACs). Consultants can support you in many ways, including:
- Helping you design or redesign an assignment for the remote teaching environment
- Facilitating a mid-quarter student feedback survey
- Observing you teach and providing feedback
- Providing feedback on your teaching statement or diversity statement for the academic job market
- Answer questions, problem solving, and connecting you to teaching resources
You can request a consultation by visiting the CEE website.
Graduate Teaching Community
CEE's Graduate Teaching Community is a collaborative, interdisciplinary group of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who come together on a weekly basis to explore effective teaching practices. This spring, the GTC will use the book Small Teaching by James M. Lang as the basis of their discussions. It is available as a free e-book to the UC Davis community through the UC Davis Library.
To learn more about workshops for TAs offered through the Center for Educational Effectiveness, please visit the "Workshops for TAs" page. Graduate students and postdocs are also invited to attend webinars offered through Academic Technology Services. You can see a list of upcoming webinars and access past event recordings by visiting the "Online Webinars" page.