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The Fall 2021 New Teaching Assistant Orientation (NTAO) will introduce new teaching assistants (TAs) at the University of Pittsburgh to their roles and responsibilities as TAs, as well as providing them with training in various skills to help them fulfill those roles.

A live, remote Welcome Session will be held Aug. 20, 3-5 p.m. via zoom. 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. 16-27. No in-person sessions will be held this year.

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 2021 New TA Orientation schedule, Friday, Aug. 20, 2021:

Time Activity
3 – 3:05 p.m. Welcome and Introduction

• Q&A guidelines for participants
3:05 – 3:25 p.m. Vice Provost for Graduate Studies address to new teaching assistants
3:25 – 3:35 p.m. Introduction to Graduate Student Teaching Initiative (GSTI)
3:35 – 3:55 p.m. Educational Technology and fall term considerations
3:55 – 4:15 p.m. Moderated Q&A for general questions
4:15 – 4:45 p.m. Title IX
4:45 – 5 p.m. Final Q&A and Closing
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