EDUC 775

EDUC 775 is a special, free, one-credit course that is mandatory for all incoming teaching assistants. It consists of two days of pre-term TA Orientation workshops and four two-hour workshops scheduled during the term. This year’s TA Orientation will take place on Thursday, September 19, 2013 and Friday, September 20, 2013.


This course is designed to provide teaching assistants with the following:

  1. Understanding of the role and value of the TA in the Drexel undergraduate academic experience
  2. Awareness of the expectations and needs of a diverse student population
  3. Awareness of support services, instructional resources and technology: audio visual and online,
  4. Understanding of teaching tasks and opportunities to practice doing them:
    • prepare for a class
    • create a lesson plan   
    • introduce yourself to a class  
    • create an interactive learning environment
    • present material in different ways to accommodate different backgrounds and styles of learning   
    • field student questions
    • give feedback
    • grade      
    • evaluate good teaching practices  
    • manage challenging classroom and office hour situations

Orientation Schedule

Thursday, September 19, 2013

8am-12pm: Welcome Remarks & Tips and Strategies on how to be an Effective TA in the Bossone 3rd Floor Atrium
12-1pm: Lunch in the Bossone 3rd Floor Atrium
1-3pm: Breakout Sessions specifically to majors (Locations TBA)

Friday, September 20, 2013

8-9am: Continental Breakfast in the Office of Graduate Studies (Randell 240), help get acquainted with OGS office and services
9am-12pm: Breakout Sessions (Locations TBA)

Workshops Schedule for the Fall Term 2013

All incoming TAs will be registered for EDUC 775 – 001 by the Office of Graduate Studies. Students will meet four times in the fall quarter.

Friday, October 4th, 2013 1-3pm: Workshop 1 – Topic TBA
Friday, October 11th, 2013 1-3pm: Workshop 2 – Topic TBA
Friday, October 18th, 2013 1-3pm: Practice Teaching Sessions (8 rooms)
Friday, November 15th, 2013 1-3pm: Workshop 3 – Topic TBA


TA Orientation 2013