Cultivating Connection and Community: In-Person vs. Online

Event Date & Time

  • January 17, 2022
    10:00 am - 11:30 am

Event Description

Eligibility: The TA Institute is open to all undergraduate TAs, graduate students who are interested in teaching, and all graduate student TAs. This session is not open to general undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows, staff, or faculty.

The social context in which our teaching and learning occurs is a crucial factor in how we achieve our learning outcomes. Building connections and community in our classrooms is essential to create the environment needed for our learners to be able to contribute their insight, question assumptions (their own & others’), offer different perspectives, and support each other in their learning. In this session, we will discuss considerations and develop strategies around building connections in the In-Person vs. Online contexts.


  • Kieran Forde, PhD Student, Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
  • Laura Werbitsky, MA Student, Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy


If you wish to complete this workshop as part of either of the themes below, you must complete the pre-session online module by January 17, 2022 by 9:00 am and the post-session online module by January 24, 2022 by 12:00 pm to receive the letter of completion. This session falls into the following themes:

  • Face-to-Face, Online, and Hybrid Teaching Transferable Skills
  • Interdisciplinary and Experiential Learning

Click HERE to access all pre- and post-session modules for each theme. If you have any questions about the pre or post work please reach out to 

TA Institute

This year, workshops in the TA institute are organized into 5  themes and if you complete 4 workshops in a theme, and do the related pre- & post-session online modules, you are eligible for a letter of completion that you can include in your Teaching Portfolio and CV. These letters will include a brief description of any themes that you completed, and how the work you did in those themes supports your development as a teacher.

This event will be hosted online on Zoom.