Making the Grade: Marking, Feedback and Assessment for Learning

Event Date & Time

  • January 21, 2022
    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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.

In this session we will explore all aspects of assessment, from the basics required for you to excel in your position to deeper considerations of the role of assessment in student learning. As a Teaching Assistant, one of the most important parts of your role will include assessing students’ work fairly and supporting their learning with constructive feedback. These aspects of TAing also have a reputation for being some of the most time consuming, especially at first. To help flatten the learning curve, we’ll explore evidence-based techniques for marking to make the most of your limited hours, both online and in-person. You’ll leave with easy-to-implement strategies and tools to help you grade assignments and tests, give feedback and design your own assessments.


  • Nigel Deans, MScRes Student, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES)
  • Katie Faulkner, PhD Student, Department of Mathematics


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
  • TAship 101 (Essentials to Prep for TAship)
  • 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.