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Achieving Harmony: Tuning into Practice
Tuesday, June 16 • 10:45am - 11:20am
Teaching assistant (TA) competencies: Testing theory through practice

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The development of a national set of teaching assistant (TA) competencies for use by Canadian higher education institutions was initiated in the fall of 2012 by Teaching Assistant and Graduate Student Advancement (TAGSA), a special interest group (SIG) of the Society of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). This work built off limited literature that delved into TA and graduate student competencies (Schonwetter & Ellis, 2007, Simpson & Smith, 1993). Since the initial meeting at the Educational Developers Caucus (EDC) conference in February, 2013, a group of professionals have come together at subsequent working group sessions at the annual EDC conference and STLHE conference to develop the competencies. Throughout the process, members of TAGSA believed in the importance of an iterative consultative process to inform the creation of the competencies (Korpan, Le-May Sheffield, & Verwoord, 2015). At the STLHE 2014 session, members decided it was time to put theory into practice and test the competencies.

Since STLHE 2014, several institutions have used the TA competencies to support graduate student development. This workshop invites participants from these institutions to share their challenges and successes in using the competencies in order to encourage small group discussion about further development and implementation at more institutions. The intended audience for this workshop is anyone involved with or interested in teaching assistant and/or graduate student development, including graduate students, educational developers, administrators, as well as participants who are interested in considering how TA competencies might be used to support graduate student development at their own institution.


Tuesday June 16, 2015 10:45am - 11:20am
Cypress 1 Room

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