Leading Discussions: Tutorials, Labs, & Lectures

Event Date & Time

  • January 18, 2023
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Event Description

This event is part of the TA Institute, taking place from January 16–19, 2023.

This is an in-person event.

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, staff, or faculty.

What can engaging discussions provide in a lesson? How may they benefit your learners and yourself as the instructor? In this workshop, we will explore the fundamental strategies of leading discussions in a variety of formats (tutorials, labs, and lectures of various sizes, both in-person and online). We will also invite you to share your concerns (based on real experiences or hypothetical situations) about challenging classroom situations that may arise, and how to address them.


  • Kelsey Wilson, PhD Candidate, Department of English Literature & Languages
  • Kabir Bhalla, PhD Candidate, Department of Microbiology and Immunology


If you wish to complete this workshop as part of either of the themes below to receive a Letter of Completion, you must complete:

  • the pre-session online module by January 16th, 2023 by 11:59 PM
  • Fully attend 4 sessions under each theme you want to complete (this means arriving on time and participating until the end of the session)
  • the post-session online module by January 27th, 2023 at 11:59 PM
  • a theme completion form by January 27th, 2023 at 11:59 PM (only complete this form once—make sure to indicate all themes and all sessions that you have completed).

This session falls into the following themes:

  • Experiential and Active Learning
  • Fundamentals of TAship
  • In-Person Mode

Click HERE to access all pre- and post-session modules for each theme and the theme completion form. If you have any questions about the pre or post work please reach out to CTLT.TAInstitute@ubc.ca. 

TA Institute

This year, workshops in the TA institute are organized into 5 themes. If you complete 4 workshops in a theme, complete the related pre- & post-session online modules and submit a theme completion form, you are eligible for a Letter of Completion that you can include in your Teaching Portfolio and CV. The Letter of Completion will include a brief description of the theme(s) that you completed, and how the work you did in the theme(s) support your development as a teacher.


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.