Elective Seminars

PLEASE NOTE:

- The Elective Seminars are NO LONGER required for TA Training. These are now elective seminars that are offered throughout the semester should you be interested in enhancing your skills as a TA.

- TA Training is now a part of the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE). Should you have any questions, please contact us at: UNIV400@case.edu or (216.368.3790

- These seminars are open to ALL graduate students and post-docs.

You may register for seminars by emailing us at UNIV400@case.edu .

Offered Seminars

For a PDF version of the relevant TA Manual section, click the seminar title.

INSTRUCTING LABORATORY CLASSES - DIANA DRISCOLL, PHYSICS DEPARTMENT

Hands-on learning is a crucial part of laboratory classes. Learn about different strategies or styles of laboratory instruction and the pros/cons to each of them as well as how you can better prepare for instructing laboratory classes so that your sessions are effective and safe.

WORK/LIFE BALANCE -JAMES ELLER, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, ACADEMIC RESOURCES

This seminar is aimed to talk about best practices on how to strike a balance between work responsibilities and personal time.

Modified Safe zone Training - Anna Wertheim, Safe Zone Coordinator

This session covers things you need to know to support LGBT students. We will cover topics like pronouns, name and changes and other stresses LGBT students might face in classes as well as resources provided for both students and teachers at CWRU.

GRADING IN THE SCIENCES - RICHARD KOLACINSKI

Experienced faculty from biology and physics offer their best strategies for grading homework, exams, and lab reports, so that students have positive, yet, critical feedback on what they have done well and what they still need to work on for the next graded assignment.

Holding Effective Office Hours - Mentor Ta team
BUILDING AN ASSESSMENT AND ASSIGNMENT - JAMES BADER, DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY

Your role as an instructor includes planning, designing, and implementing effective assignments that help students to achieve the learning goals for your class. In this elective seminar, we will discuss how to build an effective assignment and how to integrate that assignment into your course. Assignment building is a complex process, in which instructors must take into account elements such as timing, format, classroom support, and assessment criteria. This seminar will also include discussions of syllabus creation, assignment scaffolding, prompt creation, and assessment.

Student Mindset - Judith Hammer, ESS Director

Find Your Best Way to Help Your Students Be Successful. Much has been written about the significance of creating a growth mindset rather than a fixed mindset. This premise is based on the research that Dr. Carol Dweck describes in her text Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, How We Can Learn to Fulfill Our Potential. This elective seminar explores how we can assist our students to move towards a mindset that embraces feedback and even the setbacks that naturally occur during an academic background in such as manner that they feel empowered to move forward rather than stymied. This seminar will be appropriate for all content areas. Check out these websites in preparation for this elective:
https://onedublin.org/2012/06/19/stanford-universitys-carol-dweck-on-the-growth-mindset-and-education/
https://www.nytimes.com/guides/well/how-to-deal-with-stress https://vptl.stanford.edu/resilience-project

EFFECTIVE PUBLIC SPEAKING - DRS. SARAH DE SWART - ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF UCITE AND BILL DOLL

Content expertise is only the first step to a confident presentation. Join us for an interactive discussion of all the other factors that are critical for successfully communicating your ideas and engaging your audience.

Assessing Students through Writing - Elise Geither, Associate Director of Spoken English Programs

This seminar will be focused on grading in the humanities and social sciences. Information included will be why it is good to assess with writing, how to grade using rubrics, and how to design effective assignments. This seminar will also include case study that you will read and revise a sample assignment.

GREEN DOT TRAINING

CWRU Green Dot is a bystander intervention training program that works with faculty, staff and students and promotes safe and comfortable ways of intervening in instances of power-based personal violence. Since becoming a Green Dot campus, more than 350 faculty and staff at CWRU have been trained in the Green Dot strategy. For more information see http://thedaily.case.edu/cwru-green-dot-training-opportunities-available-campus-community/

ALICE TRAINING (ALERT, LOCK DOWN, INFORM, COUNTER, EVALUATE)

ALICE training provides proven strategies to contend with an active shooter if ever one should be in the vicinity of your TA responsibilities or other areas of the campus and/or community. See http://case.edu/publicsafety/training/active-shooter-response/