Course Description

Program Overview

The Teaching Assistants Readiness Program (TARP) is an immersive 6-week online program that combines evidenced-based strategies with practical teaching and learning skills. Participants in this program will be part of a cohort that explores current teaching and learning research from a student-centered learning and inclusive teaching practices lens. During four interactive workshops, participants will develop practical teaching skills, identify research-informed strategies to use in their teaching contexts, and connect with peers from multi-disciplinary teaching environments.

Attendance is required at each workshop with participants completing a one-page practical application worksheet after each workshop. The TARP program concludes with each participant submitting a final reflective learning summary.

Please visit the badge webpage for program details and required workshops and topics: (click here)

Please note: Registration will close within 1 week of the course start date. Participants will be contacted with relevant course information via email – as well as enrolled on D2L – once the course begins.

Learning outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify and choose classroom management strategies that promote positive Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) and student relationships in various course environments.
  • Evaluate and apply appropriate assessment methods to measure student learning.
  • Analyze and differentiate teaching beliefs critically to understand their importance on one’s own teaching practice.
  • Synthesize and create effective strategies to foster ongoing professional development in teaching and learning.
  • Participate and reflect in a collaborative community for GTAs to promote teaching and learning.

Requirements for Completion

Participants must attend all four workshops listed below. All workshops will be hosted online via Zoom. 

  • Tuesday, September 12, 2023 (10:00-11:00): Classroom Management Strategies for Teaching Assistants
  • Tuesday, September 19, 2023 (10:00-11:00): Student Assessment and Feedback Strategies
  • Tuesday, September 26, 2023 (10:00-11:00): Enhancing TA-Instructor Partnerships
  • Tuesday, October 3, 2023 (10:00-11:00): Professional Development of TAs

Participants will also be required to complete three out of four workshop, practical application worksheets.

Lastly, participants will be required to create a final capstone which is a reflective summary of their learnings and experiences from the programme. This can be completed either as a one-page text document (between 150-250 words) or a audio or video recording (between 2-3 minutes).

Registration Information

  • This badge is open and free-of-cost to all current graduate students with the University of Calgary
  • This badge is not accepting the registration of external participants i.e. individuals not affiliated with the University of Calgary

Please note: Registration will close within 1 week of the course start date. Participants will be contacted with relevant course information via email – as well as enrolled on D2L – on the day the badge begins.


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