Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation: Introduction to Effective Teaching
Welcome! As a new Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) at WVU, you should complete both parts of the GTA Orientation.
- Online Modules
- Virtual Orientation
1. Online Modules
Complete these modules by the beginning of the Fall semester (August 18, 2021).
These modules provide essential information and resources that help you to navigate FERPA guidelines, apply academic integrity policies, adhere to Title IX regulations, and connect with wellness resources and academic support. This document leads you through the process of accessing these modules.
Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
As an instructor, you are responsible for maintaining confidentiality of students’ personal information, including their grades and performance in the course. This module will help you anticipate common FERPA issues that instructors face and help you avoid FERPA violations.
Academic Integrity and Dishonesty
Explore several examples of academic dishonesty and gain information to help prevent it. Learn how to maintain WVU academic integrity and conduct in the classroom.
Diversity and Accessibility
When you teach, you will have a diversity of learners. This module shares ideas on how to reach all learners in your classroom and assist students with special needs through accommodations.
Title IX Training
Title IX training is required for all employees, including Graduate Teaching Assistants. Title IX creates equity for faculty, staff, and students and covers the following: sexual violence, sex or gender-based discrimination, stalking, relationship violence, bullying, and sexual misconduct.
Integrating School and Life
This module will help you identify WVU resources that can help you and your students balance school and life.
2. Virtual Orientation via Zoom
This virtual session will focus on an introduction to effective teaching and resources to support you as an instructor. You will meet online and work in breakout rooms with a mentor. You will learn strategies for classroom management and active learning to enhance students' learning. You will also practice your teaching skills in a supportive environment.
Please Note: **If you will not be teaching during fall 2021 or spring 2022, you should wait and attend the year that you teach. The information in this virtual orientation is more relevant and useful when you experience it closer to the time that you will be teaching.**
Date and Time
Friday, August 13, 2021
9:00 am – 3:00 pm (includes a break for lunch and several shorter breaks)
During the week of the orientation, the Zoom link will be emailed to you.