Navigating and Managing Online Communication: Designing and Fostering a Respectful Learning Environment

Event Date & Time

  • January 15, 2021
    10:00 am - 11:30 am

Event Description

Note: This session is intended for Graduate Students, and Undergraduate and Graduate TAs only

Establishing respectful learning environments can be challenging when students have diverse learning experiences, and even more so in classrooms that use both synchronous and asynchronous online environments. This session will provide opportunities for TAs to establish practical guidelines for designing respectful learning environments, develop strategies to encourage respectful online communication, and analyze the uses and limitations of several teaching technologies and applications in fostering a respectful online learning environment. This session will also model numerous activities through peer-to-peer engagement for an enriched experience of online learning environments.


  • Lesley Wong, PhD student, Faculty of Education

TA Institute

The January 2021 TA Institute runs online from January 11-15. This year, workshops in the TA institute are organized into 6 themes. 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.

To be completed – Pre/Post Session Online Module

If you wish to complete this workshop as part of the themes below  you must complete all applicable the pre-session online module(s) by January 11 at 9 AM and the post-session online module(s) by January 18 at noon to receive the letter(s) of completion.

  • Designing for Impactful Teaching
  • Centering Student and TA Wellness
  • Professional (Interpersonal) Skills
  • Teaching with Technology

Click HERE to access the pre and post session modules.