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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 provides them with training in various skills to help them fulfill those roles.

A live, in-person event, including a Welcome Session and Breakout Session will be held Aug. 26, 1-4 p.m. (location TBA). Additional asynchronous sessions, administered through the Canvas learning management system, will include “Role of the TA,” “Getting Started in the Classroom,” “Dealing with Difficult Situations,” “Teaching Inclusively,” and “Preventing and Monitoring Cheating and Plagiarism.” These modules are designed to be completed at any time between Aug. 15-26 (prior to the in-person event).

Departments and schools may find it beneficial to recommend or require new teaching assistants to attend the Teaching Center’s other trainings found in Workshops and Events.

Fall 2022 New TA Orientation schedule, Friday, Aug. 26:

Time Activity
Noon Lunch Available (optional)
1 – 1:05 p.m. Welcome and Introduction
1:05 – 1:25 p.m. Vice Provost for Graduate Studies address to new teaching assistants
1:25 – 1:35 p.m. Introduction to Graduate Student Teaching Initiative (GSTI)
1:35 – 1:55 p.m. Educational Technology and fall term considerations
1:55 – 2:15 p.m. Moderated Q&A for general questions
2:15 – 2:45 p.m. Title IX
2:45 – 3 p.m. Break
3 – 4 p.m. Interactive Breakout Session
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