Training programme for Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA)

The training programme for new and existing Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) covers the basics of teaching and learning, small-group teaching (e.g. tutorials, problem classes, labs) and assessment and feedback.

The programme will count as 'one professional skill course' towards the Graduate School's compulsory attendance requirement. Find out more about the attendance requirement.

What are the benefits?

Benefits of the GTA training programme include:

  • skills and knowledge in the areas of practical and small-group teaching, in which aspects of preparation, student learning and motivation, and assessment and feedback are considered
  • access to teaching specialists to help support your teaching
  • awareness of resources

Who is eligible for the programme?

GTA training is open to PhD students who are registered in their department until (at least) April 2020.

Resources

You will be able to access a wide range of teaching on learning matters once you are enrolled on the training.

Programme structure

There are two courses:

  • Introduction to Learning and Teaching. GTAs must attend the Introduction to Learning and Teaching session before doing any work as a GTA.
  • Introduction to Assessment and Feedback. GTAs must attend the assessment session before they can mark students' work.

Read more about the GTA programme structure on the Graduate School website, bookings should be made online.

Autumn 2020 Training dates

There are a two open sessions, including one before term starts, aimed at those GTAs who cannot attend departmental sessions.

Each department has an allocated session (Introduction to Learning and Teaching) in the first two weeks of term.

Each department also has an allocated session for Introduction to Assessment and Feedback for Learning before the end of the Autumn term.

This year the training will be delivered remotely. Both courses include pre-session activities to be completed during the week before the synchronous remote session.

Participants will be sent the pre-session preparatory work a week ahead of the synchoronous session. The preparatory work will take approx 1.5 hrs to complete, and the synchronous remote session is 1.5 hours.  The overall time commitment is approx. 3 hours.

The dates and times of the synchronous remote sessions are provided below. Please note some sessions are shared between more than one department.

DepartmentIntroduction to Learning and Teaching (Date/Time of synchronous remote session)Introduction to assessment and feedback for learning (Date/Time of synchronous remote session)
Open to all

Tuesday 01 October 2020, 14:00 - 15:30

Friday 23 October 2020, 10:00 - 11:30

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Aeronautics Friday 9 October 2020, 14:00 - 15:30 Monday 2 October 2020, 14:00 - 15:30
Bioengineering Thursday 8 October 2020, 14:00 - 15:30 Tuesday 27 October 2020, 14:00 - 15:30
Chemical Engineering Thursday 13 October 2020, 14:00 - 15:30 Tuesday 3 November 2020, 14:00 - 15:30
Civil & Environmental Engineering Monday 12 Ocotber 2020, 14:00 - 15:30 Wednesday 4 Novmeber 2020, 14:00 - 15:30
Computing

Wednesday 30 September 2020, 14:00 - 15:30

Wednesday 7 October 2020, 14:00 - 15:30
Monday 26 October 2020, 14:00 - 15:30
Design Engineering Friday 9 October 2020, 14:00 - 15:30 Monday 2 October 2020, 14:00 - 15:30
Earth Science & Engineering Thursday 8 October 2020, 14:00 - 15:30 Tuesday 27 October 2020, 14:00 - 15:30
Electrical & Electronic Engineering Thursday 13 October 2020, 14:00 - 15:30 Tuesday 3 November 2020, 14:00 - 15:30
Materials Friday 9 October 2020, 14:00 - 15:30 Tuesday 27 October 2020, 14:00 - 15:30
Mechanical Engineering Thursday 15 October 2020, 14:00 - 15:30 Wednesday 28 October 2020, 14:00 - 15:30
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