AGSEM Teaching Assistant Training

Open to all students, this half-day session offers 6 teaching workshops to choose from to develop communication and teaching skills. As a McGill graduate student, and Teaching Assistant (TA), you will have many challenges and responsibilities. SKILLSETS provides opportunities to develop teaching skills, learn about McGill's Learning Management System (myCourses), and engage in discussions with other TAs. Take advantage of this opportunity and learn skills to enhance your graduate experience.

Workshop Description

This year's AGSEM Teaching Assistant Training day will be held in September, 2018. Details of the schedule are forthcoming. 

New TAs are eligible for a maximum of 3 hours of paid training. 

Discussion Topics

Here are examples of possible discussions during AGSEM's Teaching Assistant Training Day:

  • Interacting with students / interacting with course supervisor
  • Planning/leading effective discussions/conferences
  • Preparing Lectures
  • Grading in your discipline
  • How to handle student conflicts and plagiarism
  • How to address students' emotions when engaging in difficult conversations around gender and sexuality 
  • How to help students' with their mental well-being
  • What TA resources are available at McGill

Frequently Asked Questions

AGSEM Collective Agreement Stipulations on TA Training

Payment Information: TA Training was identified as a necessity by TAs during negotiations for the new Collective Agreement. New TAs are eligible for a maximum of 3 hours of paid training. Returning TAs are not eligible for paid training but are still welcome to attend. We hope all TAs will consider registering for these sessions. For accurate and detailed information on Orientation and Training, please see (Section 13.06.02) of the TA Collective Agreement (2011-2014) here.


Building your teaching portfolio

Designing and Delivering Effective Lectures

Educational Technologies : MyCourses & Beyond

Engaging Students Using Active Learning Strategies

Giving Effective Face-to-Face Feedback

Grading in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Grading in the Sciences

Improvisation & Fun: From Old School Teaching to Co-Creating Knowledge

Interacting with Students and Course Supervisors

Planning and Leading Effective Conference Discussions

Strategies on Supporting Student Mental Health

Teaching and Learning in Science Labs

Teaching in One’s Second or Other Language

Universal Design for Learning

Did you know that as a McGill student, your participation in many activities, such as training workshops and volunteering are tracked on your Co-Curricular Record (CCR)? Having your co-curricular activities listed in one document can help you revise your CV or cover letter, prepare for interviews, or explore career options. Learn how to access and leverage this important document through myInvolvement, and make your training count!


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