Workshop Descriptions

GTA Training Program – Core Workshops

All new GTAs are required to complete the core workshops offered in Fall 2016.

TA104 Canvas Basics

Canvas is a comprehensive and user friendly Learning Management System acquired by the University in 2014 to support its changing learning and teaching needs. This hands-on session will introduce you to the suggested workflow of Canvas and guide you through key basic features such as creating course content, managing the course learning path, communicating with students and monitoring their learning progress. 

Note: This is an intensive workshop. After the instructors have started the workshop, latecomers may not be allowed entry.

TA111 Effective Teaching Skills

This workshop intends to equip GTAs with some practical teaching skills. By the end of the workshop, GTAs should be able to (1) describe the roles and duties of being a GTA at HKUST, (2) prepare for the 1st day of class, (3) identify instructional techniques that facilitate student learning, and (4) experience some effective teaching strategies.

TA112 Marking & Grading

Basic principles of marking and grading will be introduced by engaging GTAs in a simulated marking exercise. By the end of the workshop, GTAs should be able to (1) describe some basic principles of marking and grading, (2) mark in a fair and consistent manner, (3) provide meaningful feedback, and (4) deal with cheating and plagiarism.

TA113 Effective Presentation Skills for Teaching

This workshop aims to introduce some effective in-class presentation strategies for GTAs. Group activities and discussions will be used to ensure that after the workshop, GTAs will be confident in preparing, developing, and delivering successful presentations for teaching. GTAs will also learn how to cope with stage fright.

TA122 Classroom Management

In this workshop, GTAs will learn how to manage a class for more effective teaching and learning. GTAs will be provided with (1) basic key strategies to minimize the chance of having classroom disruptions, and (2) advice on handling different disruptive situations when they occur.

TA123 Techniques for Interactive Teaching

The aim of this workshop is to enhance the effectiveness of classroom teaching by increasing interaction between teachers and students and student peers. By the end of this workshop, GTAs will be able to (1) describe the benefits of interactive classroom, (2) experience various interactive activities, and (3) identify common issues when implementing interactive activities, and (4) find ways of handling different issues.


GTA Training Program – Elective Workshops

All elective workshops are offered for registration in Fall 2016.

TA104 IIa Canvas Extended (Assessments and Grading)
(TA104 Canvas Basics is a prerequisite)

Available on Oct 11

This is one of the Canvas Extended series that focuses on the advanced setup and grading of assignments. The hands-on session will cover available options when setting up assignments, assignment weighting, various types of quiz questions, grading with SpeedGrader/rubric/peer review, using gradebook, and viewing quiz statistics.

Note: This is an intensive workshop. After the instructors have started the workshop, latecomers may not be allowed entry.

TA104 IIb Canvas Extended (Turnitin Assignments)
(TA104 Canvas Basics is a prerequisite)

Available on Oct 18

This is one of the Canvas Extended series that shows you how originality check can be done on student assignments. The hands-on session will guide you through the setup of assignments with Turnitin and the interpretation of Turnitin reports. We will also share with you Dos and Don’ts when working with Turnitin in Canvas.

Note: This is an intensive workshop. After the instructors have started the workshop, latecomers may not be allowed entry.

TA104 IIc Canvas Extended (Student Group Work)
(TA104 Canvas Basics is a prerequisite)

Available on Sep 7 and Oct 25

This is one of the Canvas Extended series that focuses on the facilitation of group work.  The hands-on session will guide you through the creation and management of student groups for online discussion, collaboration and submission of group work.

Note: This is an intensive workshop. After the instructors have started the workshop, latecomers may not be allowed entry.

TA124 Balancing Time between TA Duties and Research

Available on Sep 21 and Oct 4

This workshop will address various issues of managing time as a TA and PG student at UST. Useful time management tools and practical advice for TAs to manage their time more effectively will be introduced. Issues of procrastination and ways to combat such a habit will also be discussed.

TA125 Communication in the Classroom I – Giving instructions and explanations

Available on Oct 6

Giving instructions and explanations are basic components of teaching. This workshop will provide training in giving clear and effective instructions using appropriate language, while maintaining good social relations with students. Useful language for explaining concepts, principles and procedures will also be presented.

TA126 Communication in the Classroom II – Asking questions

Available on Oct 20

A key component of effective teaching is the skillful use of classroom language to create good communication within the classroom. The ability to ask questions is a valuable tool when leading student activities. Skills for asking questions to check understanding; clarify ideas; establish students’ knowledge of a subject; stimulate interest in a topic will be introduced. The workshop will also examine how classroom questions can be sequenced to create a progression from low to high levels of challenge.

TA127 Facilitating Group Work to Maximize Student Learning

Available on Oct 17

Guiding students to learn through experience and reflection with peers is a very important skill for GTAs to maximize students’ learning. Yet, many GTAs are distressed by the silence and unresponsiveness of students, or confronting tensions built in groups. This workshop will take students to explore the tools and skills for group facilitation, reflect about the dynamics of group learning, and learn the ways to cope with challenges.

TA128 Using Clickers to Improve Student Learning

Available on Nov 2

Personal Response System (PRS) is an interactive technology that enables teachers to pose questions to students and immediately collect feedback from the entire class. An effective use of PRS allows you to assess students’ learning, engage the whole class, and teach interactively. This workshop will cover: 1) the pedagogical value of using PRS, 2) strategies for using PRS in your class, and 3) illustrative examples of questions and teaching activities that PRS supports.

TA131 Advanced PowerPoint Presentation

Available on Oct 12

This workshop is designed for intermediate users to develop a typically static PowerPoint presentation into a more visually dynamic one. In this workshop, GTAs will learn how to (1) import, process and integrate graphics, audio and video into PowerPoint presentations, (2) add transition and animated effects to the presentations, (3) create animation with motion path, and (4) package the presentations. This workshop will involve short input sessions followed by guided practice.

* Please note that participants should have a basic knowledge of MS PowerPoint, such as templates, color schemes, slide layouts, bullets and slide addition.