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Graduate Teaching Assistants and undergraduate Peer Learning Assistants (PLAs), and those with similar titles such as Student/Senior Assistants and Senior Tutors, are hired directly by many departments and play an important role in supporting students and faculty. The Morgan Center provides training and development sessions for both of these populations. 

TA Training  

The TA Training Seminar is held each August and January for graduate students receiving Teaching Assistantships. (Other graduate students hired on an hourly basis as course graders should attend PLA training described below.) WPI policy is that this training is required for all first-time Teaching Assistants, regardless of prior teaching experience at WPI or elsewhere. The next offering will be held on January 6 & 9, 2023. The January 6 portion will involve online work via Canvas, and the January 9 portion will be in-person on campus from 11am-5pm. The agenda will be posted on this site in December, and all new TAs should receive details and a Canvas course invitation by email several days in advance of the program. Please contact the program coordinators at morgan-center@wpi.edu if you need assistance.  

PLA Training   

This training program is for all undergraduate and graduate students hired by departments or programs to assist instructors on an hourly basis in such roles as Peer Learning Assistant, Student Assistant, Course Grader, Senior Tutor, Graduate Assistant in the Business School, or other similar titles. (Graduate students receiving Teaching Assistantships should attend the program described above.) Training is divided into two separate modules to allow for more flexibility.  We recommend all new student educators take BOTH parts, but in some cases only one may be needed.  Please confirm with your professor which part(s) are required for your position.  PLA training is offered at the beginning of each term (A, B, C, D).  
 

Training Part 1: Grading, Ethics, and Responsibilities 

This workshop is intended for graders, PLAs, and other types of undergraduate and graduate assistants hired to grade student work of a quantitative nature (e.g., problem sets, calculations). This training includes some mock grading, tips on grading efficiently and consistently, and discussion of case studies that address ethical and legal issues related to grading and interaction with students. 

Training Part 2: Techniques for Teaching and Learning 

This workshop includes discussions of how courses are designed for optimal student learning, and how students learn and master course content. Participants will learn techniques for effective tutoring of individual students and groups, running conference and review sessions, facilitating group work, and teaching in diverse classrooms.  

Spring 2023 PLA Training Schedule  

All C-term and D-term PLA Training Sessions (parts 1 and 2) will be held in person and are listed in the tables below.  Individuals must register for sessions using the links provided.  

TERM

TRAINING PART

DAY

DATE

TIME (Eastern)

LOCATION

REGISTRATION

C

1

Tue

17-Jan

3:00-5:00 PM

Higgins House Great Hall

Online Survey Software | Qualtrics Survey Solutions

C

2

Wed

18-Jan

12:00-2:00 PM

Higgins House Great Hall

Online Survey Software | Qualtrics Survey Solutions

 

TERM TRAINING PART DAY DATE TIME (Eastern) LOCATION REGISTRATION
D 1 Mon 20-Mar 12:00-2:00 PM Higgins House Great Hall Online Survey Software | Qualtrics Survey Solutions
D 2 Mon 20-Mar 3:00-5:00 PM Higgins House Great Hall Online Survey Software | Qualtrics Survey Solutions