Remote Teaching and Learning: FAQs for Teaching Assistants


Who should I speak to if I have questions about the transition to remote teaching and learning?

Talk to your supervisor or your Graduate Program Director.

How might the transition to remote teaching impact my TA responsibilities?

Changes may have been made to the course structure, assignments, and assessments. For example, an assignment might be submitted through the assignments tool in myCourses rather than on paper or an exam might be done using the Quiz tool in myCourses rather than on paper. Such changes may change how you provide students with feedback on their work. Ask your supervisor how any changes to the course could impact your TA responsibilities.

What are recommended practices for supporting students in a remote learning environment?

  • Keep in mind that students may be using Zoom and other online tools for the first time. Some may also be experiencing stress and anxiety due to the current circumstances. Be patient with your students as both you and they adapt to an unfamiliar learning environment.
  • Encourage students to read these Remote Learning Resources for Students.
  • Let students know how to contact you if they have questions. Provide students with clear guidelines for how you will communicate with them (e.g., email in myCourses; virtual office hours) and how soon you’ll respond to emails (e.g., 48 hours).
  • Ensure that the channels you use to communicate with students are approved by your supervisor.
  • Review the Guidelines for Instructors and Students on Remote Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (W2021)

How can I hold remote tutorials?

  • Use Zoom to convene online meetings with students, chat with or without video enabled, and deliver presentations. TAs have access to Zoom Licensed accounts, which means you can host unlimited meetings with up to 300 students. You can also record meetings, set up breakout rooms, and do screen sharing. iOS and Android apps for smartphones and tablets are available.
  • Teaching and Learning Services has prepared a Learning with Zoom resource for students and a Zoom for Remote Teaching resource for instructors. TAs are encouraged to review both resources in order to become familiar with Zoom functionalities.

What do I do if I don’t have the tools to work remotely?

Talk to your supervisor. You and your supervisor can determine the best way for you to continue your work remotely.


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