TA Orientations/Teaching Conference & Trainings

University-wide TA Orientations

The Program for Instructional Excellence sponsors University-wide graduate student teaching assistant orientations each fall and spring semester. During these orientations, graduate students are introduced to FSU teaching resources, policies, and best practices for teaching and learning. The PIE TA Orientation satisfies the required graduate student TA policy training according to University-wide TA Standards.

 

Fall 2016 PIE Teaching Conference/TA Orientation

The annual fall PIE TA Orientation/Teaching Conference is held the Wednesday and Thursday the week prior to the first week of classes each fall. This conference includes sessions that provide graduate students with teaching policy training requirements as stated in the University-wide TA Standards along with best practices in grading, communicating with students, encouraging critical thinking in the classroom, and Blackboard and technology usage. By the end of this training, participants will be able to explain and have procedures in place to address University policy issues related to the Academic Honor Policy, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Discrimination-Sexual Harassment-Retaliation. Participants will also be equipped with strategies to help navigate use of Blackboard features essential to their role as a TA, communicate effectively with students, and provide productive student feedback.

Who should attend?

  • New graduate student TAs (and new graduate students who do not yet hold a TA position but will do so in the future)
  • Any graduate student interested in teaching, or who will hold a TA position in the future
  • Returning graduate student TAs who wish to improve their teaching
  • Post Docs interested in teaching
  • Faculty and staff are also welcome

Where: New Classroom Building (HCB 101)

When: Wednesday and Thursday, August 24 & 25, 2016

-Wednesday 8/24/16, 9am-4pm

-Thursday 8/25/16, 9am-3pm

Registration is not yet open for the Fall 2016 PIE Conference/TA Orientation - check back 7/1/16.

To view the Fall 2016 Conference program, click here.

Spring PIE Teaching Training Workshop/TA Orientation

The annual spring PIE Teaching Training Workshop/TA Orientation is held the Friday of the first week of classes each spring. This workshop includes sessions that provide graduate students with teaching policy training requirements as stated in the University-wide TA Standards along with best practices in grading, communicating with students, and Blackboard and technology usage. This TA training is delivered partly face-to-face and partly online via Blackboard, the centrally supported course management system at FSU. By the end of this training, participants will be able to explain and have procedures in place to address University policy issues related to the Academic Honor Policy, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and Discrimination-Sexual Harassment-Retaliation. Participants will also be equipped with strategies to help navigate use of Blackboard features essential to their role as a TA, communicate effectively with students, and provide productive student feedback.

The face-to-face portion of the Spring  2017 Teaching Policy Training/TA Orientation will be held Friday, January 13, 2017, 1:00--4:30 p.m., in The Great Hall on the 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House. Click here to register.

Please Note: You need to complete ONLINE training prior to this Workshop/Orientation if you are required to complete the University-wide TA policy trainings in FERPA, FSU Academic Honor Policy, Sexual Harassment and Discrimination, and American with Disabilities Act (ADA). Please consult your academic department for any questions regarding if you are required to complete these trainings through PIE. Email us at: pie-info@fsu.edu to request to be enrolled in these online trainings!!

This abridged workshop is primarily offered to meet the needs of new graduate students who will be teaching in the spring or summer and others who were unable to attend the annual fall PIE teaching conference because of exceptional, circumstances that have been documented by the graduate student's academic department (or the department that is appointing the student as a TA).