Graduate students must complete the New Teaching Assistant (TA) Orientation before or during their first academic-year quarter as a TA, or they will not be eligible to TA in subsequent quarters. Once the UCR Graduate Division New TA Orientation has been completed, the student will not need to take it again.
All New TA Orientation components for Academic Year 2021-22 will be held online via Canvas/eLearn. The orientation will be asynchronous; however, our expectation is that each TA will complete the required training between the beginning of the quarter and the conclusion of Week 3. In accordance with the terms of the collective bargaining agreement currently in place with the union representing graduate student workers, the required elements of the training (as mandated by the Academic Senate) should take approximately four hours to complete.
New TA Orientation will cover mandatory sessions on basic pedagogy, TA rights and responsibilities, FERPA rules and regulations for TAs, a UAW presentation, and teaching in a diverse classroom environment and building rapport with students. Resources for classroom and online teaching technologies, relevant campus partners, and best practices in pedagogy will be provided in additional, non-mandatory sessions.
Graduate students working as TAs for the first time in Fall 2021 (who have not previously completed UCR’s New TA Orientation) must complete orientation during the Fall Quarter, while those working for the first time in Winter or Spring Quarters should register for the Winter 2022 Orientation (which will also be held online asynchronously).
The Teaching Assistant Development Program (TADP) has limited staff and resources so, if graduate students fail to complete the required trainings by the deadlines outlined, we cannot guarantee that everyone will be certified.
New TA Orientation is NOT offered over Summer.
Fall 2021 Orientation
Registration for Fall 2021 New TA Orientation is now open
Winter 2022 Orientation
Registration for Winter 2022 New TA Orientation is now open