Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022

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, 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 begin with asynchronous modules on ICON in August. You will retain access to this page for the entire academic year. We encourage graduate students to participate actively in the community we will create there. 

Attendees will:

  • Understand resources for teaching support at the University of Iowa.
  • Learn simple strategies for getting started in the classroom.   
  • Discuss common teaching concerns with experienced TAs.
  • Connect with instructors from different departments.  

Graduate student-facilitated sessions may include: 

  • Evaluating Student Writing (including sections on STEM, humanities, and social sciences)  
  • Facilitating Engaging Discussions 
  • 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  
  • Planning Effective Lessons 


  • 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  

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 2022–2023 academic year. In addition, we encourage all TAs to attend other upcoming OTLT pedagogy workshops and technology training sessions.