Teaching Assistantship Preparation Program
The Teaching Assistantship Preparation Program (TAPP) is a program designed to provide educational development for graduate students about the roles and responsibilities of the work as a teaching assistant (TA). The program, a conjoint initiative of the Werklund School of Education (WSE) and the Educational Development Unit (EDU) of the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, University of Calgary, aims to develop teaching capacity among graduate students interested in becoming graduate teaching assistants. It consists of workshops offered by both WSE and EDU, where key aspects of teaching assistantship work are discussed. The WSE sessions, lasting 1.5 hours each, impart information followed by a discussion of that topic. In addition to workshops, graduate students receive continuous support from the WSE program facilitator, to ensure that participants have a successful learning experience as teaching assistants.
TA Orientation Day
In this one-day event, participants are introduced to key aspects of the work of a graduate assistant in teaching, such as the role of a teaching assistant, providing effective feedback, engaging students. Participants are required to actively participate in the session, collaborating in small group discussions and activities.
Four Werklund Sessions
Participants are required to attend four or more professional development workshops or seminars given by the Werklund School of Education over the course of the academic year. For each session, participants identify one piece of key learning and write a brief statement about it.
Four EDU Sessions
Participants are required to attend four or more professional development workshops or seminars given by the Educational Development Unit over the course of the academic year. For each session, participants identify one piece of key learning and write a statement about it.
Throughout the program participants maintain a passport, which is submitted to program administrators for feedback at the conclusion and later returned. This document is also used for participants to record one main point or idea developed during the event, identify why it is important, and apply it to their own professional context.