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.


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Fall 2019 PIE TA Orientation/Teaching Conference

WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, AUGUST 21 & 22, 2019

Click on the title above or here for the official conference announcement! - (will be coming in summer 2019)

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 21 & 22, 2019

-Wednesday 8/21/19, 8am-3pm

-Thursday 8/22/19, 8am-12:30pm

RegistratioN is now OPEN: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3dVyFhrgnMiGKuV

For our Conference Booklets from previous years see below: 

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Fall 2017 PIE TA Orientation/Teaching Conference

The Fall 2017 agenda is available here.

PLENARY SPEAKER: Dr. Lisa Scott, FSU Distinguished Teaching Professor, Teaching Faculty III, College of Communication and
Information

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Fall 2016 PIE TA Orientation/Teaching Conference

Critical thinking in the classroom 

PLENARY SPEAKER: Dr. Patricia Spears Terebelski, FSU Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Biological Science


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Spring PIE Teaching Training Workshop/TA Orientation

The annual spring PIE Teaching Training Workshop/TA Orientation is a hybrid training that contains an online portion and face-to-face portion. The face-to-face portion 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 Canvas and technology usage. This TA training is delivered partly face-to-face and partly online via Canvas, 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 Canvas 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 2019 Teaching Policy Training/TA Orientation was held Friday, January 11, 2019, 1:00-5:00 p.m., in The Great Hall on the 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House. Registration is now closed.

The online portion of the Spring 2019 Teaching Policy Training/TA Orientation was held on Canvas. Please email your registration request to pie-info@fsu.edu with subject line: 2019 Spring Online Policy Training Enrollment Request-registration is now closed.

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.

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).

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