The JHSPH Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) has developed a training program to support current and future Teaching Assistants. This includes those supporting both on-campus courses and online courses.
The program consists of three separate components.
- The first is this website, which will provide links to resources, educational tools, and a listing of contacts where you can go to get further information.
- The second part of the training program is a self-paced online course which will orient Teaching Assistants to the roles and responsibilities of their position, relevant policies and regulations, technical tools, teaching tips, and other important information. This course will be self-paced, but must be completed within an academic year. Facilitators will be available to answer questions, but the course is specifically designed so that a student can complete activities at their convenience. Students will be required to interact with others at the school (i.e. faculty, academic coordinators, other TA's) in order to complete the assignments.
- The third part of the training program is a cohort-based practicum in which TA's will put their skills and knowledge into practice by facilitating discussions, resolving potential issues, brainstorming management techniques, and interacting with each other and their course facilitators. This course will be scheduled 2-3 times per academic year (typically before 1st term, before 3rd term, and during Spring Break/before 4th term). The course will run for 3 weeks, with the first 2 weeks completed online, but requiring interaction with other students taking the course. The third week will involve either two 1-hour on-campus sessions or two 1-hour LiveTalks. Students can decide if the online or on-campus session in the final week is appropriate, based on their planned TA assignment (online or on campus course). If desired, a student can attend both the on campus and online LiveTalk sessions.
How to Enroll
In order to enroll in the online courses, you must contact your Academic Coordinator or CTL. They will provide you with directions for enrolling in the facilitated course components. You must complete the self-paced course before enrolling in the cohort-based practicum.
To enroll, please use the TA Essentials Self-Enrollment Process
These courses are not offered for credit. However, a certificate of completion will be provided for those who complete the online courses, and the assignments completed during those courses may be well suited to be part of a teaching portfolio for those who intend to pursue a teaching career.