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Leading Online Synchronous Discussions… When should I? How should I?

January 20, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


This event is part of the CTLT TA Institute, taking place from January 17–21. To view all events, visit https://institute.ctlt.ubc.ca/ta-institute/january-2022-ta-institute/

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.

As TAs in the online environment, we want to find creative ways to actively engage our students. One of the strategies we might consider is the use of discussions. However, introducing and leading discussions can be daunting and fraught with uncertainty. Other times, we may question the value of discussions for student learning. This workshop will provide strategies to run discussions successfully in a synchronous online environment. Specifically, by the end of this workshop participants will be able to: articulate the rationale for including a discussion in a lesson plan, align a specific discussion technique with the learning objective(s) of the lesson, and describe solutions to challenges that arise while leading discussions online.

– Cassandra Elphinstone, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Science

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 am and the post-session online module by January 24, 2022 by 12:00 pm to receive the letter of completion.
– Teaching Fundamentals
– Interdisciplinary and Experiential Learning
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 CTLT.TAInstitute@ubc.ca.

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.