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GTA'S training recapped

Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 2 - September 1, 1994

The GTA Training Fall Workshop was held August 15-17, for six to eight hours daily.

Plenary and concurrent sessions (mostly area-specific) covered a range of topics relevant to the various GTA roles, e.g., teaching classes and laboratories, testing, grading, professional ethics and issues in relating to students. The workshop also included an introduction to the various university support services, the writing across the curriculum initiative, etc. Many participants took advantage of the microteaching sessions to practice giving introductions to classes/labs they would teach. A combined total of 50 faculty members (including members of the Academy of Teaching Excellence) and experienced GTA's led the general and smaller discussion sessions.

A total of 298 graduate students from 45 departments attended the program, with 256 completing it (attending at least five of the six half-day sessions) to receive credit for GRAD 5004 (GTA Training Workshop).

General evaluations of the overall program follow: Program was well-organized: 3.78 (out of a possible 4.0); scope of coverage was adequate: 3.60; depth of coverage was adequate: 3.44; program was useful: 3.64; confidence level regarding GTA role increased as result of program: 3.29.