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GATAcademy 2020 is a week-long professional development event open to all current and prospective UWindsor graduate assistants (GAs) and teaching assistants (TAs).

Offering a series of interactive workshops led by experienced professionals from across the campus, GATAcademy 2020 will feature resources and activities relevant to both new and experienced GAs/TAs. Topics will include using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, using Blackboard, designing lessons, leading effective labs and tutorials, best practices in grading and feedback, and a whole lot more!

GATAcademy 2020 will be held from August 31st to September 4th and each day will feature three workshops.

Remember: Please register for the workshops that interest you. After registration, you will be emailed the link to the virtual classroom


Monday, August 31, 2020

10:00 AM

Being a GA/TA Online

Schedule: Monday, August 31, 2020, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Virtual classroom
Instructors: Katie Hirsh, Cayla Wood
During the workshop, participants will be provided with an introduction to being a GA/TA online. Various topics will be covered, including GA/TA responsibilities in the online learning environment, tips for how best to prepare to support online teaching, questions and concerns to anticipate before beginning the semester, suggestions for communicating with the course instructor and the students, and ideas for troubleshooting issues.
After registration, you will be emailed the link to the virtual classroom.

1:00 PM

Using the Virtual Classroom (Blackboard Collaborate Ultra)

Schedule: Monday, August 31, 2020, 01:00 PM – 02:30 PM
Location: Virtual classroom
Instructors: Mark Lubrick
Do you need to record a lecture/webinar? Do you need to meet with students online (as a group or privately)? The virtual classroom (formally called Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) can handle this and more. Best of all, it is available in every Blackboard site or can be set up outside of Blackboard and is free for faculty, staff, GAs/TAs, and students to use. This workshop will attempt to demonstrate everything you need to know to use the virtual classroom.
After registration, you will be emailed the link to the virtual classroom.

3:00 PM

Planning Effective Lectures to Enhance Student Engagement

Schedule: Monday, August 31, 2020, 03:00 PM – 04:30 PM
Location: Virtual classroom
Instructors: Irene Muir, Shaymaa Zantout
Whether in class or online, engaging students during a lecture can be challenging and overwhelming. However, if well planned and delivered, lectures can serve as an effective method to convey information in an engaging way. This workshop will introduce the basic skills and strategies for developing and executing an effective lesson plan both in a classroom and virtual learning environment. Additional resources will also be provided to further aid your teaching practices.
After registration, you will be emailed the link to the virtual classroom.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

10:00 AM

Leading Effective Online Discussions

Schedule: Tuesday, September 01, 2020, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Virtual classroom
Instructors: Mariam Ageli, Chinyere Obinna
Effective discussions can facilitate student engagement and successful learning outcomes. Thus, this interactive and participatory workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to learn practical skills and strategies for promoting and leading effective discussions. Moreover, with the recent shift from traditional to online learning format, this session will focus particularly on leading effective and productive discussions in an online setting. We will explore topics such as creating a positive discussion environment, managing group dynamics, communicating effectively, and dealing with conflict.
After registration, you will be emailed the link to the virtual classroom.

1:00 PM

Running Effective Science Labs/Tutorials - Online and In-Person

Schedule: Tuesday, September 01, 2020, 01:00 PM – 02:30 PM
Location: Virtual classroom
Instructors: Tanya Noel, Patricia Okpara
Labs and tutorials are a key part of science courses, helping students engage in what they’re learning, gain practical experience, and practice problem-solving and critical thinking. Labs/tutorials also provide a window into the nature of science and research. GAs and TAs play a vital role in the success of these sessions! Online labs and tutorials this Fall may be quite different from what you’ve previously experienced as a GA/TA and/or student, with some challenges and opportunities. This workshop explores practical tips and evidence-based methods to help you make your labs and tutorials interactive, engaging, and effective. We will discuss strategies for online and face-to-face environments.
After registration, you will be emailed the link to the virtual classroom.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

10:00 AM

Do I belong? Recognizing and Managing Impostorism

No seats available.

You may join a waiting-list for this workshop.

Schedule: Wednesday, September 02, 2020, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Virtual classroom
Instructors: Dana Menard, Elizabeth Ismail , Julia Power
Impostor Phenomenon (IP) is commonly experienced by individuals in academia and is characterized as an intellectual feeling of phoniness that can undermine confidence in oneself. However, many students do not realize how common this phenomenon is. In this workshop, we will share some results from a campus-wide survey we recently conducted on the Impostor Phenomenon in undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, staff, and faculty members. We will also provide practical tips and resources for recognizing and managing feelings of impostorism.
After registration, you will be emailed the link to the virtual classroom.

1:00 PM

Supporting Teaching and Learning in the Blackboard Environment: Tips for GAs and TAs

No seats available.

You may join a waiting-list for this workshop.

Schedule: Wednesday, September 02, 2020, 01:00 PM – 02:30 PM
Location: Virtual classroom
Instructors: Lauren Sabourin
This session will provide an overview of key Blackboard tools and topics for GAs and TAs in the online environment. Our focus will be on communicating with students (announcements, discussion board), and grading the different types of assessments found on Blackboard (tests, assignments, and discussion boards) in addition to using the Grade Centre and related features. For optimum experience, you should be using Google Chrome for this session.
After registration, you will be emailed the link to the virtual classroom.

3:00 PM

Making the Grade as a GA/TA: Assessment and Feedback

Schedule: Wednesday, September 02, 2020, 03:00 PM – 04:30 PM
Location: Virtual classroom
Instructors: Linda Coltman, Soula Serra
Grading and providing effective feedback in response to student work is one of the most important GA/TA roles. While supervisors will provide different instructions for how they would like their GA/TA’s to complete these specific responsibilities, there are some common elements of these tasks that all GAs and TAs should have a basic understanding and consideration of. This session will explore subjects such as: What is an Assessment?; Why is it important?; Types of Assessments; Offering Authentic Assessment; Specific Elements of Grading Assessments (the how to dos of online grading and providing feedback); GA/TA’s Role in Assessments; Using Rubrics; Cheating in Student Submissions and What to do?; Effective Feedback – What is it? What does it look like?; Types of Feedback; How to give feedback.
After registration, you will be emailed the link to the virtual classroom.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

10:00 AM

Making the Grade as a GA/TA: Assessment and Feedback

Schedule: Thursday, September 03, 2020, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Virtual classroom
Instructors: Linda Coltman, Soula Serra
Grading and providing effective feedback in response to student work is one of the most important GA/TA roles. While supervisors will provide different instructions for how they would like their GA/TA’s to complete these specific responsibilities, there are some common elements of these tasks that all GAs and TAs should have a basic understanding and consideration of. This session will explore subjects such as: What is an Assessment?; Why is it important?; Types of Assessments; Offering Authentic Assessment; Specific Elements of Grading Assessments (the how to dos of online grading and providing feedback); GA/TA’s Role in Assessments; Using Rubrics; Cheating in Student Submissions and What to do?; Effective Feedback – What is it? What does it look like?; Types of Feedback; How to give feedback.
After registration, you will be emailed the link to the virtual classroom.

1:00 PM

Supporting Teaching and Learning in the Blackboard Environment: Tips for GAs and TAs

No seats available.

You may join a waiting-list for this workshop.

Schedule: Thursday, September 03, 2020, 01:00 PM – 02:30 PM
Location: Virtual classroom
Instructors: Lauren Sabourin
This session will provide an overview of key Blackboard tools and topics for GAs and TAs in the online environment. Our focus will be on communicating with students (announcements, discussion board), and grading the different types of assessments found on Blackboard (tests, assignments, and discussion boards) in addition to using the Grade Centre and related features. For optimum experience, you should be using Google Chrome for this session.
After registration, you will be emailed the link to the virtual classroom.

3:00 PM

Using the Virtual Classroom (Blackboard Collaborate Ultra)

Schedule: Thursday, September 03, 2020, 03:00 PM – 04:30 PM
Location: Virtual classroom
Instructors: Mark Lubrick
Do you need to record a lecture/webinar? Do you need to meet with students online (as a group or privately)? The virtual classroom (formally called Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) can handle this and more. Best of all, it is available in every Blackboard site or can be set up outside of Blackboard and is free for faculty, staff, GAs/TAs, and students to use. This workshop will attempt to demonstrate everything you need to know to use the virtual classroom.
After registration, you will be emailed the link to the virtual classroom.

Friday, September 4, 2020

10:00 AM

Using your GA/TAship for Employment and Career Development

Schedule: Friday, September 04, 2020, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Virtual classroom
Your GA/TAship is a valuable opportunity that provides you with skills and experiences that can help you with your career. In this session, learn about how you can identify and develop these skills and experiences and how you can effectively communicate and market them to potential employers.
After registration, you will be emailed the link to the virtual classroom.

1:00 PM

Supporting Teaching and Learning in the Blackboard Environment: Tips for GAs and TAs

No seats available.

You may join a waiting-list for this workshop.

Schedule: Friday, September 04, 2020, 01:00 PM – 02:30 PM
Location: Virtual classroom
Instructors: Lauren Sabourin
This session will provide an overview of key Blackboard tools and topics for GAs and TAs in the online environment. Our focus will be on communicating with students (announcements, discussion board), and grading the different types of assessments found on Blackboard (tests, assignments, and discussion boards) in addition to using the Grade Centre and related features. For optimum experience, you should be using Google Chrome for this session.
After registration, you will be emailed the link to the virtual classroom.

3:00 PM

Being a GA/TA Online

Schedule: Friday, September 04, 2020, 03:00 PM – 04:30 PM
Location: Virtual classroom
Instructors: Katie Hirsh, Cayla Wood
During the workshop, participants will be provided with an introduction to being a GA/TA online. Various topics will be covered, including GA/TA responsibilities in the online learning environment, tips for how best to prepare to support online teaching, questions and concerns to anticipate before beginning the semester, suggestions for communicating with the course instructor and the students, and ideas for troubleshooting issues.
After registration, you will be emailed the link to the virtual classroom.