Designing High-Impact Learning Experiences (for TAs)

Event Date & Time

  • January 17, 2019
    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Event Description

The experiential learning cycle (Kolb 1984) describes the process through which we learn from our experiences. In our roles as TAs and graduate instructors, an understanding of this process can help us to design and teach using high-impact strategies that promote deep learning in our students. In this session, we will explore how the learning cycle describes the construction and transfer of knowledge, and how we can make use of this process when teaching others (or trying to learn something ourselves) to help deepen and reinforce learning.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and explain the steps in the process of experiential learning
  • Analyze learning goals, opportunities, and challenges using the experiential learning model in order to;
  • …make deliberate, well aligned decisions to help your students move through different stages of learning as described in the model

Register and attend this workshop in order to complete the following theme(s):

  • Teaching Skills
  • Experiential Learning


  • Joseph Topornycky, Manager of Graduate Student Programs,CTLT
  • Shaya Golparian, TA Development Educational Developer, CTLT

TA Institute

The TA Institute is open to any Graduate Student who is interested in teaching or TAing, and includes sessions on Teaching and Learning Theory, Scholarship, Classroom Strategies, Campus Climate, and Lesson Design. If you have interest in becoming a better TA, or get a head start preparing for teaching in your career, sign up for one or more of these 2 hour, interactive workshops.

This year, workshops in the TA institute are organized into 5 themes, and if you complete 3 workshops in a theme, and do the related pre & post institute online module, you are eligible for a letter of completion that you can include in your Teaching Portfolio and C.V. 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.

The themes are:


Venue Website:

1961 E Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Please note this room is located through the CTLT offices of the 2nd floor in IKBLC.