Support for TAs

Support for TAs

If you have TAs supporting your course, there are a few issues you will need to consider.  We have resources to support you and your TAs.

1. Train your team

Members of your team may be new to teaching and learning online and will likely need some training and additional support.

Tools

Best practices

  • The training required to perform TA duties needs to be factored into your TA’s hours and recorded in the TA Workload Form (downloadable PDF). 
  • It takes longer to teach and learn online, so time is very important for you to consider as you assign TA hours.  
  • Ask your TAs how they prefer to support your course, learning about their strengths, and using those strengths to best support you, your course, and your students.
  • Be prepared to spend time facilitating remote conversations about your course with your TAs on an ongoing basis. 
  • Consult Communication Strategies for tools, resources and best practices for ensuring smooth communication with your team remotely.

2. Communicate frequently

To ensure you have consistency across your course, it is helpful to connect with your team on a regular basis. This may be to discuss marking keys and rubrics while also allowing for your team to bring forward any issues or challenges they may be facing.

Tools

  • Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Moodle Chat

Best practices

  • Instructions need to be carefully recorded and communicated online.  This includes clear written communication and expectations with your teaching team.
  • Be prepared to spend time facilitating conversations about your course with your TAs and other teaching team members on an ongoing basis.
  • Devise a communication and meeting plan for you and your team. For example, determine when face-to-face meetings via Zoom are necessary, and when email or live chat communication via Moodle will suffice.

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