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Cultivating an Effective Classroom Environment and Community: In-Person and Online Settings

January 16, 2023 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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

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.

Cultivating a sense of community is an important part of creating an effective learning environment, but it may be challenging when students have diverse learning experiences with both in-person and online settings. This session will provide TAs with an opportunity to establish guidelines for supportive classroom environments and develop strategies to achieve these goals in both in-person and online classrooms. In particular, we will focus on how having a supportive environment connects with how we facilitate active learning approaches.

This session will also support TAs in identifying and addressing barriers for learners and how to design classroom strategies to create an inclusive community and safe space for learning. Be ready to engage as Charlotte and Lesley model a variety of activities for an active, experiential, and enriching peer-to-peer experience!


  • Lesley Wong, PhD Student, Faculty of Education
  • Charlotte Trainor, PhD Student, Department of Math


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)

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.

This session falls into the following themes:

  • Exploring and Supporting Inclusivity, Equity, Accessibility and Wellness
  • Experiential and Active Learning
  • Online Mode

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.

This event will be hosted online on Zoom.