Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021

9 a.m. to noon 

Virtual Event


Event Description

This event will introduce participants to the role of teaching assistant at the University of Iowa and prepare them for the first week of classes and beyond.

Participants will discuss evidence-based teaching strategies for lesson planning, inclusive teaching, face-to-face instruction, and more with Center for Teaching staff. Participants will also choose two workshops of interest to them out of several options; these will be facilitated synchronously by experienced TAs.

The conversation about teaching will continue throughout the semester via asynchronous workshops released monthly on ICON from September through December 2021. We encourage graduate students to participate actively in the community we will create there. 

Attendees will:

  • Learn simple strategies for getting started in the classroom.  
  • Discuss common teaching concerns with experienced TAs. 
  • Connect with instructors from different departments. 
  • Prepare for face-to-face teaching. 


  • 9:00-9:10: Welcome  
  • 9:10-10:00: Introduction to the role of TA at the University of Iowa  
  • 10:00-10:10: Break 
  • 10:10-10:55: Graduate student-facilitated session No. 1 (Choose 1) 
  • 10:55-11:00: Five-minute break 
  • 11:00-11:45: Graduate student-facilitated session No.2 (Choose 1) 
  • 11:45-12:00: Wrap-up and evaluations 

Graduate student-facilitated sessions may include: 

  • Evaluating Student Writing (including sections on STEM, humanities, and social sciences) 
  • Facilitating Discussions in the Humanities and Social Sciences 
  • Facilitating Group Work for Active Learning 
  • Grading in Quantitative Courses and the Sciences 
  • One-to-One Teaching in Music, Art, and Dance 
  • ICON Overview: Important Teaching Features  
  • Using ICON Gradebook 
  • Teaching a Laboratory Section 
  • Making the Transition to In-Person Teaching 

Who Can Attend

This event is geared toward any TA interested in developing practical teaching skills and increasing their knowledge of pedagogy. New TA Orientation is especially beneficial to anyone who will be a TA at the UI for the first time during the 2021-2022 academic year. In addition, we encourage all TAs to attend other upcoming OTLT pedagogy workshops and technology training sessions