About

As part of the TA Success Series, we offer TA Success Days.  These events are typically scheduled twice annually in early September and January. 

When you attend three or more sessions during an event, your attendance is recorded on your Co-Curricular Record, which recognizes students for their involvement in the campus community outside of the classroom.

Calendar of Events

September 7 - 9, 2021

Click on the session names below in the calendar to view the description.

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

7

[1:00 - 1:40pm]
Understanding your Collective Agreement

[1:45 - 2:25pm]
What you need to know about Copyright

[2:30 - 3:25pm]
Professional Relationships as a TA

[3:30 - 4:30pm]
Grading Written Papers & Projects

[3:30 - 4:30pm]
Navigating Canvas

8

[9:00 - 9:55am]
Facilitating Practical Labs

[10:00 - 10:55am]
Introduction to Lesson Planning

[11:00 - 11:55am]
Grading Problem Sets & Labs

[11:00 - 11:55am]
Strategies for balancing TA work and your grad studies

[1:00 - 1:55pm]
Facilitating Challenging Conversations

[2:00 - 2:55pm]
Grading Written Papers & Projects

[2:00 - 2:55pm]
Navigating Canvas

[3:00 - 4:00pm]
Speed Socializing

9

[9:00 - 9:55am]
Facilitating Discussion Boards Effectively

[10:00 - 10:45am]
Facilitating Seminars & Sessions Synchronously

[11:00 - 11:30am]
Information Session for the Teaching Preparation Certificate

 

How to Register for Sessions

In the session descriptions below you will find a registration button for each session.  Click the button one time and you will be automatically added to that session.  Please only click once as you should recieve an email confirmation to your USask PAWS email address shortly.

If you require assistance with registration, please email gmctl@usask.ca.


 

Tuesday, Sept 7

Understanding your Collective Agreement

Time: 1:00 - 1:40pm
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Jesse Todd

Come and learn about the current collective agreement, collective bargaining process, and the policies and procedures that apply and impact PSAC employees.

What you need to know about Copyright

Time: 1:45 - 2:25pm
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Kate Langrell

Learn about what copyright is and why copyright laws exist, how to know what can be distributed to students, and who you can go to for help or with copyright questions about teaching.

Professional Relationships as a TA

Time: 2:30 - 3:25pm
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Lexi Zindenberg

Learn about your role, responsibilities, and rights related to interactions with students, supervisors, professors, and each other through this interactive session.

Grading Written Papers & Projects

Time: 3:30 - 4:30pm
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Wendy James

In this session on grading written papers and projects, you’ll learn tips for giving good feedback, being more consistent in grading, and managing your time. Come expecting to practice grading and share your ideas.

Navigating Canvas

Time: 3:30 - 4:30pm
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Roberta Campbell-Chudoba & Toni Marchione

This session explores navigation of the Canvas Dashboard, connecting with students in Canvas, and using Speedgrader's various functions.

Wednesday, Sept 8

Facilitating Practical Labs

Time: 9:00 - 9:55am
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Elsa Van Ankum

Learn practical ideas for facilitating practical laboratory sessions and encouraging student engagement.

Introduction to Lesson Planning

Time: 10:00 - 10:55am
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Wenona Partridge

Are you planning your own lab, tutorial, or guest lecture? Join this session to become familiar with the BOPPPS lesson planning model so you can apply it to your own lessons.

Grading Problem Sets & Labs

Time: 11:00 - 11:55am
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Ryan Banow

In this session, you'll explore and share strategies for grading to improve consistency and efficiency and you'll leave with concrete plans for what to do before you start grading, while you're grading, and after you wrap up. You'll also explore tips on how to ensure that the feedback you provide to students can improve their learning.

Strategies for balancing TA work and your grad studies

Time: 11:00 - 11:55am
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Ami Wu

Balancing the priorities of being a TA and progressing through your studies can be challenging. At this session you will learn different strategies for time management and hear about opportunities and supports available at USask.

Facilitating Challenging Conversations

Time: 1:00 - 1:55pm
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Heather Ross

In this session, participants will be introduced to concepts to assist them deal with challenging conversations they may face with students and supervisors in their role as a TA. They will also gain a clearer understanding of engaging professionally and respectfully with students, supervisors, and their peers.

Grading Written Papers & Projects

Time: 2:00 - 2:55pm
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Wendy James

In this session on grading written papers and projects, you’ll learn tips for giving good feedback, being more consistent in grading, and managing your time. Come expecting to practice grading and share your ideas.

Navigating Canvas

Time: 2:00 - 2:55pm
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Roberta Campbell-Chudoba and Toni Marchione

This session explores navigation of the Canvas Dashboard, connecting with students in Canvas, and using Speedgrader's various functions.

Speed Socializing

Time: 3:00 - 4:00pm
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Aditi Garg

Meet other Teaching Assistants in a facilitated "quick intro" activity.

Thursday, Sept 9

Facilitating Discussion Boards Effectively

Time: 9:00 - 9:55am
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Roberta Campbell-Chudoba

This session offers strategies for facilitating or moderating discussion boards. We look at two challenging scenarios and problem-solve strategies together.

Facilitating Seminars and Sessions Synchronously

Time: 10:00 - 10:45am
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Wenona Partridge

Are you finding it difficult to encourage your students to contribute to synchronous online seminars? Join this session to become familiar with strategies you can use to support student engagement in synchronous online learning.

Information Session for the Teaching Preparation Certificate

Time: 11:00 - 11:30am
Location: Webex
Facilitator: Roberta Campbell-Chudoba

Learn about the Teaching Preparation Certificate (TPC), a non-credit and competency-based certificate, designed for graduate students and post docs who have prior experience teaching or as a teaching assistant, or training in teaching skills.

Support

For registration support or other questions regarding the TA Success Days, email the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning