Center for Teaching and Learning

Workshop descriptions

Workshops are led by experienced graduate students, faculty, and staff from departments throughout the University and are designed to provide a forum for discussing effective teaching.

Plenaries

Opening Plenary

Graduate Teaching Assistantships at the UW: What You Can Look Forward To

Thursday, September 17 (9:00-10:30 a.m.) 

The opening plenary offers graduate students the opportunity to learn more about their roles as TAs, identify UW resources and policies, and hear from faculty and experienced TAs.

Closing Plenary

In it Together: TAs and Mental Health at UW

Thursday, September 17 (4:00-5:15 p.m.)

Co-facilitated by Natacha Foo Kune (Counseling Center) and Ken Yasuhara (College of Engineering)
Recent data shows that the most common health risks to graduate and undergraduate students are anxiety and depression. In this session, participants explore the connections between mental health and academic success at UW. They learn and practice ways to support students, colleagues, and themselves. In addition, participants emerge with information on campus-based resources as well as community or cohort support.

Workshops

Canvas 1

Sections offered Thursday, September 17, at 1:30 and 2:45 p.m.

Learn the basics to get your course up and running, with hands on practice. Sample files will be provided.

Topics include:

  • Setting up your course homepage
  • Basic course organization methods
  • Uploading files for students
  • Creating an online assignment

How Do Students Learn? Applying the Research

Sections offered Thursday, September 17, at 1:30 and 2:45 p.m.

Decades of research on the science of learning has contributed to the development of teaching approaches that maximize student learning. This workshop discusses these evidence-based practices in higher education contexts.

Topics include:

  • The seven principles of student learning identified by Ambrose et al (2010)
  • Strategies for applying these principles to your own teaching
  • Resources to learn more about the science of learning and its applications to teaching

Teaching in Lab Settings: First Day and Beyond

Sections offered Thursday, September 17, at 10:45 a.m.

Promote student learning in your math, science, and engineering lab settings from day one. This workshop identifies goals for lab instruction, ways to plan and facilitate effective lab sessions, and strategies for a successful first day of lab class.

Note: Teaching quiz sections (as opposed to labs) in math, science, and engineering is addressed in the “Teaching STEM Quiz Sections” workshop.

Topics include:

  • Goals and challenges of lab instruction
  • Effective strategies for teaching in labs
  • Teaching inclusively in lab settings
  • Key components of a successful first day of lab class

Teaching Modern Languages: First Day and Beyond

Sections offered Thursday, September 17, at 10:45 a.m.

Which teaching methods do UW students find helpful for learning languages? This workshop explores approaches to common language learning challenges and offers strategies for helping all students meet your course’s language learning goals.

Topics include:

  • Common language learning goals and challenges
  • Teaching approaches that address students’ needs and perceptions
  • Teaching inclusively in modern language classes
  • Setting students’ expectations on the first day of your language class

Teaching SS/HUM* Quiz Sections: First Day and Beyond

Sections offered Thursday, September 17, at 10:45 a.m.

During *social science and humanities (SS/HUM) “quiz” sections, TAs are typically responsible for helping students understand and apply concepts learned in large lecture classes. This workshop includes an overview of strategies for helping all students learn in discussion-based quiz sections.

Topics include:

  • Goals and challenges of social science and humanities quiz sections
  • Methods for aligning section content with lecture
  • Teaching inclusively in social science and humanities quiz sections
  • Setting students’ expectations on the first day of your quiz section

Teaching STEM Quiz Sections: First Day and Beyond

Sections offered Thursday, September 17, at 10:45 a.m.

During math, science, and engineering “quiz” sections, TAs are typically responsible for helping students understand and apply concepts learned in large lecture classes. This workshop includes an overview of strategies for helping all students learn in quantitative, problem-solving quiz sections.

Topics include:

  • Typical structures and goals of STEM quiz sections
  • Methods for aligning section content with lecture
  • Teaching inclusively in STEM quiz sections
  • Setting students’ expectations on the first day of your quiz section

Teaching Tools for Engagement

Sections offered Thursday, September 17, at 1:30 and 2:45 p.m.

Keeping students focused is a challenge. Technology isn’t a magical fix, but it offers novel ways for students to interact with you, their peers, and the curriculum. In this workshop we’ll introduce three tools⁠—Panopto, Zoom, and Poll Everywhere⁠—and strategies for connecting with students in and out of class.

Topics include:

  • Brief introduction to these tools
  • Best practices
  • Integrating tools with Canvas
  • Hands-on activities

Teaching Your Own Class: First Day and Beyond

Sections offered Thursday, September 17, at 10:45 a.m.

How can you design and teach your own classes effectively? This workshop helps graduate students teaching their own classes consider how to design a syllabus, select class activities, establish authority and rapport on the first day, create inclusive classes, and find related resources.

Topics include:

  • Using backward course design to develop learning goals, activities, and assessment
  • Determining what to include in a syllabus (e.g. desired outcomes, assessment, and class activities)
  • Creating inclusive classes
  • How to establish authority, build rapport, and set the tone on day one
  • Resources for ongoing support in teaching your own classes

What if? Preparing for Challenging Moments

Sections offered Thursday, September 17, at 1:30 and 2:45 p.m.

Students haven’t done the reading. A student is angry about the grade they received. A couple of students cheated on the exam. Now what? This workshop helps you prepare for the unexpected. Participants emerge from the session with strategies for responding constructively to common TA scenarios.

Topics include:

  • Data on why students cheat
  • Working with your supervising faculty members to establish class norms
  • Setting goals for responding to a challenging moments
  • Strategies for meeting these goals
  • Ways to prevent these scenarios from happening

International TA Sessions

These sessions are required for all first-year TAs who identify as not native speakers of English. For more information, see International TA Sessions.

Getting to Know UW Students: Overview for International TAs

Wednesday, September 16 (1:15-2:30 p.m.)

This session discusses the demographics and expectations of UW undergraduate students and the implications for teaching.

Panel Discussion With Experienced International TAs

Wednesday, September 16 (2:45-4:00 p.m.)

In this Question & Answer session you will have the opportunity to hear from international TAs about their experiences learning to be effective teachers at the UW.