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TA Teaching and Learning Hour
Thursday, February 4 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Day & Time (Spring 2021): Weekly drop-in, Thursdays 2:00pm – 3:00pm. Please join at the top of the hour. You may choose to stay for the whole hour, or leave whenever it suits your goals and schedule.
Facilitator: Devin Wixon or Jess Maher (varies)
Location: Online (Zoom; link will be emailed to registrants).
Register here at least one hour before the event starts
Today’s 10-Minute Tip: Polls and Annotations in Remote Teaching
From gaining instantaneous feedback to creating collaborative understanding, polls and annotations are versatile tools for the remote classroom. We’ll start the hour with some quick tips on using polling and annotating tools followed by conversations on topics of your choice.
As a TA, you have a crucial role in your students’ learning and may face challenges efficiently supporting all your students — especially when remote teaching. This weekly time is an opportunity to share concerns and solutions for a more successful semester.
- Are you feeling overwhelmed by the volume of student emails, and wondering how to share information just once instead of getting the same question repeatedly?
- Are your students engaged, or do you have a few students always do all the talking?
- Are you spending lots of time giving feedback, and concerned your students aren’t actually using it?
- Are you wondering how to approach and support the students who aren’t succeeding?
- Have you discovered a tip or trick that is working well for your students?
Feel free to join this ‘just in time’ hour even if you don’t have questions. No preparation required, and we may start with a ‘tip of the week’. The focus is helping you prevent and resolve challenges and share successes. The format of this is fluid and will be driven by participants and goals. We may chat as a group, take turns addressing specific questions and tips/tricks, or use breakouts for small group work.
Remote teaching involves integrating technical, pedagogical, and content skills. For questions that are primary about technical support (e.g. in Canvas, Zoom, BBC-U), or ‘how-to’, please contact DoIT. Also please note you can find instructional continuity’s self-guided resources and recorded webinars for remote teaching here, and L&S fantastic remote toolkit guides are here.