Purpose

The Teaching Together Learning Community is a pilot program designed to promote collaborative teaching between faculty and graduate TAs. It offers targeted teaching support for instructors and TAs of courses with large lectures and discussion-based sections.

We aim to recruit faculty and TAs who are willing to work together on a shared course to be taught during Fall 2019. During a series of workshops in Winter and Spring 2019, participants will learn evidence-based techniques for collaborative lesson planning, teaching, and grading. 

The learning community will not require substantial revisions to course syllabi, but will rather introduce a variety of simple teaching interventions to enhance faculty/TA collaboration and the integration of discussion sections with course goals.

Goals

By the end of this learning community, participants will:

  1. Apply the principles of backward course design to the integration of lecture and discussion sections;  
  2. Collectively develop evidence-based learning activities for both lectures and discussions;
  3. Contribute to the development of “best practices” resources and recommendations for faculty and TAs across the School of Social Sciences;
  4. Participate in a research project evaluating the merits and challenges of integrating faculty and TA teaching for large classes.
Additional Benefits

Faculty and graduate student participants will have access to the following benefits.

For faculty:

  • Structured assistance with course design and lesson planning;
  • Peer evaluation and feedback of teaching, if desired;
  • Preferential choice in Fall 2019 TA assignments.

For graduate student teaching assistants:

  • Independent study credits (Anthro 299 with Angela Jenks);
  • Fellowship title of School of Social Sciences Graduate Teaching Associate;
  • Credit toward Certificate in Teaching Excellence from DTEI;
  • Structured assistance with discussion section lesson planning;
  • Peer evaluation and feedback of teaching, if desired;
  • Preferential choice in Fall 2019 TA assignment.