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Introduction to Online Teaching for Teaching Assistants (IOTTA)

Date: Monday, August 9, 2021, 9:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: CTE Room L511, Thomas Cooper Library
Registration Deadline: Monday, August 2, 2021, 5:00 p.m.

The Center for Teaching Excellence has developed a training program to support graduate student teaching and instructional assistants (GTA/IAs) who will be involved with online teaching in some form this fall of 2021.  These workshops are designed to assist GTA/IAs with building their knowledge and practical skills in all aspects of teaching or instructional assistance online: from reviewing your syllabus and course policies, best practices in online engagement, to managing a course and grading in Blackboard. 

Who should participate? 

  • GTA/IAs assigned by their department as either the instructor or an instructional assistant for an online course offered during Fall 2021.
  • Any GTA/IA who has taught online in a previous semester and wishes to better develop their skills and knowledge.
  • Participation in Workshops A and B will depend on the GTA/IAs role and level of experience: instructors of record and course leaders (Workshop A & B), course assistants and graders (Workshop B).


  • GTA/IAs must have completed TA Orientation and GRAD 701 by August 19, 2021.
  • Permission of Department Chair or Graduate Director.

For Department Chairs and Graduate Directors:

  • Recommend all your GTA/IAs who will be teaching/assisting online to register for and participate in these workshops – please provide them with the link to this webpage.
  • Upon registration, Dr. Hardee will contact the department to confirm student information, course assignment, and duties.

IOTTA Schedule, August 9th, 2021

Monday, August 9th
Teaching Role
Workshop A
9:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
  • Reviewing & aligning your course outcomes, student assessments and activities
  • Reviewing course policies
  • Instructional style and engagement

Instructors of Record, Primary GTA/IA Instructor


Lunch Break
12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
Networking lunch provided for participants
Workshop B
1:45 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Setting up and maintaining your course in Blackboard
  • Using Blackboard tools, accessibility
  • Grading and Grade Center,  setting up tests

Instructors of Record, Course Instructors, Graders, Assistants to the Course


Register for Introduction to Online Teaching for Teaching Assistants (IOTTA)

Fall 2021 


Tentative Workshop A & B Agenda

  • Workshop A
    • 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.: Reviewing the Course Syllabus
      • Reviewing and aligning course learning outcomes, assessments, and activities using backward design
      • Policies, statements, nuts & bolts to include in an online syllabus
    • 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.: Student Assessments and Activities
      • Best practices and recommendations for online assessments and activities
      • Course technologies
    • 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.:  Instructional Style and Engagement
      • Teaching online best practices: online delivery, communication, feedback
      • Student engagement, participation and interaction
  • Workshop B
    • 1:45 – 2:45 p.m.: Setting up Your Course in Blackboard
      • Working in the course Blackboard page, recommendations and options for course structure in Blackboard
      • Useful Blackboard tools (SafeAssign, etc.)
      • UDL/Accessibility
    • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Using Blackboard
      • Setting up Tests and Assignments, test banks
      • Grading in Blackboard and time-savers

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