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GTA Orientation

Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation: Introduction to Effective Teaching
Welcome! As a new Graduate Teaching Assistant  (GTA) at WVU, you should complete the three parts of GTA Orientation.
  1. Online Modules
  2. Virtual Session
  3. Webinars
1. Online Modules

If you are a new GTA, you should complete these modules by the beginning of the Fall semester.

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 you 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 around students’ personal information, including their grades and performance in the course. This module will help you anticipate common FERPA issues that instructors face and will help you avoid FERPA violations.

Academic Integrity and Dishonesty
The module explores several forms of academic dishonesty and provides information to prevent academic dishonesty and maintain WVU academic integrity code in the classroom.

Diversity and Accessibility
When you teach, you will have a diversity of learners. This module shares ideas on how to teach diverse learners in your classroom and assist students with special needs and 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.  **Please Note: This provides a broad overview. You should attend the Office of Graduate Education and Life orientation on August 17 to meet WVU’s Title IX expert and learn more about this important topic.**

Integrating School and Life
This module will help you identify resources available at WVU that can help you and your students balance school and life. 

2. Virtual Session
Friday, August 14, 2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 
The link for this session will be sent via email to all GTAs at the beginning of August. 
This orientation includes mentoring from experienced GTAs. As a new GTA, you should attend this virtual session in addition to completing the online modules. 

This online session provides an introduction to effective teaching practices and available resources. GTAs will meet online and work in breakout rooms with a mentor. The focus will be on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on teaching and learning. Improvements to learning spaces for the health and safety of everyone will be introduced with a virtual walk through and everyone will have the opportunity to discuss their concerns and questions about the new and innovative ways of teaching and learning.

3. Webinars
Two webinars will be scheduled early in the semester:
a.  Microteaching – Each GTA will have the option to meet face-to-face in a small group or meet online to practice teaching. They will also have the ability to explore the technology available in the classrooms.

b. Classroom Management and Active Learning – GTAs will meet online and work in breakout rooms to learn strategies for managing their classes and engaging students to improve learning.