Professional Development for Grad Students

A collection of professional development opportunities and events for Graduate Students, including the Instructional Skills Workshop, the Graduate Certificate Program, Mentoring and Facilitation Workshops, as well as the Graduate Institute which takes place annually during February.

Teaching and Learning Professional Development – Online Course


Event Date & Time

  • July 30, 2019 - July 31, 2020
    12:00 am - 5:00 pm

Event Description

This self-paced online course aims to support a broad and diverse group of instructors – faculty, staff and students – in their teaching and learning professional development. This asynchronous course is offered on an ongoing basis. Please note that the current offering is developed for those who are beginning to teach and are looking to (more…)

Graduate Instructional Skills Workshop – August 17, 18 & 24, 2019


Event Date & Time

  • August 24, 2019
    8:15 am - 5:00 pm

Event Description

***Click “Register Now” to sign up for the WAITLIST only (being on the waitlist doesn’t guarantee a spot). IF you are chosen to participate, you will be contacted directly by our office by email (between after signing up and by registration closing date)*** Registration for the WAITLIST of this ISW opens on Monday July 1 at 9am PST (more…)

Workshop Facilitation Workshop (for TA Coordinators & Senior TAs)


Event Date & Time

  • August 26, 2019
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Event Description

Note: This event is only open to TA Training Coordinators and Senior TAs. This Facilitation Basics workshop is meant for TA Training Coordinators or senior TAs who will be delivering facilitated sessions focused on teaching enhancement for TAs. The workshop is also open to all graduate students who are interested in getting involved in TA (more…)

Working Effectively Together: TA-Instructor Working Relationships – Saving Everyone’s Time! (For TAs)


Event Date & Time

  • August 27, 2019
    1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Event Description

As a Teaching Assistant, you will be working closely in different roles with an experienced instructor to teach. When this relationship goes well, it can be rewarding, educational, and fun. When it does not, it can be frustrating and overwhelming. In this session we will explore the various needs and expectations (including the TA contract) (more…)

Creating Effective Rubrics to Help Students Learn and Save You Time


Event Date & Time

  • September 4, 2019
    9:00 am - 11:00 am

Event Description

Well-developed rubrics can help instructors communicate their expectations to students and students may learn important skills to reflect on their own learning and monitor their progress. While a large number of rubrics is freely available on-line for a wide range of learning activities: writings, term projects, video presentation, team work, etc., modifications are often needed (more…)

Offering Effective Feedback


Event Date & Time

  • September 4, 2019
    11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Event Description

“Feedback is one of the most powerful influences on learning and achievement, but this impact can be either positive or negative.” – Hattie & Timperley, 2007 Providing feedback is an important skill that require training and refinement in order to maximize the positive impact on your students’ learning and development. Oral and written feedback are (more…)

Expand Your Repertoire of Questioning Techniques to Improve Student Learning


Event Date & Time

  • September 5, 2019
    9:00 am - 11:00 am

Event Description

Effective question strategies can promote students’ comprehension, stimulate critical thinking, and enliven discussion. They can foster student involvement and facilitate a positive, active learning environment. Despite being a common communication strategy, using questions in teaching and learning is not a given” and, as instructors, we may end up defaulting to the “Any questions?” question more (more…)

Preparing for and Leading Effective Discussions


Event Date & Time

  • September 5, 2019
    11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Event Description

This workshop will be useful to students, staff, or faculty who are interested in actively incorporating ways to share student ideas and generate knowledge in their lessons through discussion. In this workshop, we will not only examine what makes a discussion effective, but we will also develop strategies to help you as an instructor prepare (more…)

Teaching Large Classes


Event Date & Time

  • September 5, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Event Description

Teaching large classes can be intimidating, but it is often a necessity. As the size of a class increases, it gets more challenging to keep the students engaged in the class. While boring monotone lectures exist, lecturing can be an effective teaching strategy. Research shows that traditional lectures used alone were ineffective, but that lectures (more…)

Developing Your Skills as a Peer Reviewer of Teaching: Introductory Workshop (For Graduate Students)


Event Date & Time

  • September 11, 2019
    1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Event Description

The formative peer review of teaching is a process designed to provide feedback to instructors about their teaching. It is an opportunity for all involved to engage in collegial conversations about teaching and student learning. Please join us for this experiential  workshop suitable for reviewers (mentors) and reviewees (mentees) in the peer review of teaching.  The (more…)