Resources for TAs & Supervisors
TA Training Seminar
TA Training Seminars are held each August and January. WPI policy is that this training is required for all first-time graduate Teaching Assistants, regardless of prior teaching experience. The next offering will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 14-15, 2014. The most likely dates for the August 2014 offering will be Wednesday and Thursday, August 20-21. One element of the training is WPI's online harassment prevention course, which can be accessed from the link below. TAs are encouraged to start this online training before the TA Training Seminar; it must be completed by the first day of the term of the initial appointment.
Preparation for the TA Training Session on "Engaging Students through Interactive Lessons"
Preparation for the TA Training Session on "Legal and Ethical Responsibilities"
*Important Notes about the Online Harassment Prevention Course
- On the welcome page, click on "Register" to create a username and password. If you already have a WPI username and password, they will not automatically work since this course is hosted by an independent company.
- Once logged in, you will see several versions of the course. Select the one for Faculty.
- After completing the course successfully, the system instructs you to print the certificate and send it to WPI's Human Resources Department. Instead, please scan the certificate and send it as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org or send the certificate in campus mail to "Prof. Chrys Demetry, Morgan Teaching and Learning Center."
The Torch or the Firehose: A Guide for Graduate Teaching Assistants
This excellent collection of advice by Arthur Mattuck, Professor of Mathematics at MIT, is accessible through the MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) site.
Certificate in College Teaching
The Certificate in College Teaching (CCT) program, operated by the Colleges of Worcester Consortium (COWC), offers formal preparation in teaching for graduate students and faculty. It is based upon the premise that effective preparation for the college classroom involves more than a solid base of knowledge in a discipline; it requires a systematic inquiry into the pedagogies and processes that facilitate learning.
The 2-credit Seminar in College Teaching provides an excellent overview of basic principles and theories of education and instructional practice that apply across numerous disciplines. The Seminar can be taken alone without intention of pursuing a certificate, or students may proceed with additional courses to earn the 6-credit certificate. Courses are offered in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. For details on course offerings and schedules, go to the Certificate in College Teaching website.
Tuition assistance for CCT courses is available for WPI graduate students.