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The New Teaching Assistant Orientation (NTAO) introduces new teaching assistants (TAs) at the University of Pittsburgh to their roles and responsibilities as TAs and provide them with training in skills to help fulfill those roles. In addition to usual programming, the 2020 NTAO included topics related to teaching in the Flex@Pitt model.

The 2020 New Teaching Assistant Orientation (NTAO) was in a modified format which consisted of a combination of remote synchronous (live) and asynchronous sessions. The live, virtual Welcome Session was held Friday, August 14 at noon-2 p.m. Additional asynchronous sessions, administered through the Canvas learning management system, included “Role of the TA,” “Getting Started in the Classroom,” “Dealing with Difficult Situations,” and “Preventing and Monitoring Cheating and Plagiarism.” New TAs completed these modules between August 10-16.

Teaching assistants are encouraged to attend other Teaching Center workshops (e.g. “Introduction to Canvas,” “Canvas for Remote Instruction,” “Incorporating Active Learning into Remote Lectures,” “Instructional Multimedia: Panopto, “Zoom for Remote Instruction”). These are available in both synchronous and asynchronous formats.

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