In a Room or on Zoom: How to Balance Participatory Learning with Didactic Lecturing

Event Date & Time

  • January 21, 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.

Student engagement in an online classroom has been reported to be challenging for both the students and the instructors. However, given that some forms of online learning have shown to be effective, it looks like they are here to stay. So how do we design our teaching to maximize student engagement and balance the participatory elements of a lesson with the traditional style of lecturing? In this workshop, participants will be able to identify the engagement practices they have implemented or observed over the past months of online teaching and learning. Participants will also have the chance to compare and contrast the active learning offered by those engaging elements with the traditional didactic style of teaching. Lastly, they will get the opportunity to practice designing and modifying their own active learning strategies in the context of both online and in-person classrooms.


  • Tala Maragha, PhD Student, Department of Oral Health Sciences
  • Julie McNutt, PhD Candidate, Department of Chemistry


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
  • Teaching Fundamentals

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.