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.
Given the ongoing uncertainty with regard to campus operations in the Fall, and the challenges of maintaining appropriate safety protocols for such a large (150-plus person/day) event, the Dean of Graduate Division has made the decision that all New TA Orientation components for Fall 2020 will move online via iLearn. 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 2020 (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 2021 Orientation (which will also be held online asynchronously due to this year’s compressed academic calendar).
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.
Fall 2020 Orientations
Registration for Fall New TA Orientation is now open through the link below
Winter 2021 Orientations
Registration for Winter New TA Orientation is now open through the link below