Seminars

The TA Project offers several interdisciplinary courses on teaching which focus on pedagogical methods as well as contemporary issues for faculty in colleges and universities. These courses expand students' skill sets on issues related to college teaching and provide a strong message to potential employers that the student cares about teaching. Any student who is interested in becoming a faculty member should strongly consider these courses.

These courses are:

  • Open to doctoral students
  • Free
  • 0-credits
  • Graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory

Introduction to College Teaching

Introduction to College Teaching (16:186:855) will explore a wide range of issues pertaining to higher education and college teaching. This intensive experience will enhance your employment marketability and strengthen your pedagogical skills as well as your knowledge of higher education.

Weekly topics include:

  • Testing & grading
  • Assessment & outcomes
  • Teaching large classes
  • Motivating students
  • Developing a teaching philosophy
  • Multiple roles of faculty
  • Civic education
  • Overview of U.S. higher education

The seminar will appear on your transcript, but will not incur additional fees and will be graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

Open to doctoral students.

Offered every spring, the class meets the first twelve weeks of the semester on Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., in Scott Hall 119, CAC.

Special permission numbers become available in November. Email to request one.

View the 2017 syllabus Syllabus

Designing Your Own Course

Designing Your Own Course (16:186:856) leads students through the process of designing a course which they might someday teach as well as developing materials for it, including a syllabus, assignments, and lesson plans.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Establishing learning goals
  • Content delivery
  • Assignment design
  • Setting course policies

Open to doctoral students with at least two semesters of college teaching experience or who have taken Introduction to College Teaching.

The seminar will appear on your transcript, but will not incur additional fees and will be graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory. Offered every fall, the class meets the first twelve weeks of the semester on Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., in Scott Hall 105, CAC.

Special permission numbers become available in April. Email to request one.

View the 2017 syllabus Syllabus

Introduction to Online & Hybrid Teaching

Introduction to Online and Hybrid Teaching (16:186:857) will examine, and prepare graduate students to teach, online and hybrid courses. Students will have the opportunity to learn the theoretical, pedagogical, and practical issues involved. At the end of the course, students will have designed a hybrid or online class.

Open to doctoral students with at least two semesters of college teaching experience or who have taken Introduction to College Teaching or Designing Your Own Course.

The seminar will appear on your transcript, but will not incur additional fees and will be graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

Offered every spring, the class meet the first twelve weeks of the semester. The majority of classes will be conducted online. However, the class will meet in person three times (on Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., in Scott Hall 103, CAC.)

Special permission numbers become available in November. Email to request one.

View the 2016 syllabus Syllabus

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