Teaching During COVID-19: Teaching Online

The first of our two workshops to support Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) teaching in the Spring or Summer Term is now available: Teaching During COVID-19: Teaching Online. 

This online workshop is open to all Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs) who are either teaching online as a GTA or are interested in learning more about what is involved for your own interest and professional development.  It is comprised of a self-study component on the VLE that should take about an hour to complete and attendance of a one hour webinar. The session includes guidance on supporting synchronous and asynchronous learning, including managing Discussion Boards and using digital tools. 

The first webinar will be on the 25 January 2021 and should be booked through the GTA Community Site on the VLE under “Teaching Guidance and Training.” 

  • Completion of both the self-study element and the webinar will be recorded as “Attended” on your Skillsforge record.
  • Completion of the self-study component only will be recorded as “Part Attended.”
  • You should not attend the webinar without completing the self-study component first and webinar attendance alone will not be recorded on Skillsforge. 

This training is offered in addition to Introduction to Teaching and Learning, which continues to be mandatory for all PGRs intending to teach as GTAs at York (unless  specific exemptions have been approved).  

Our second online workshop, Teaching During COVID-19: The Socially Distanced Classroom, will be released later this week. 

These sessions have been designed and delivered by the Academic Practice Team (email: academic-practice@york.ac.uk)

Additionally the Programme Design and Learning Technology Team have provided a recording of a webinar on using the VLE’s video classroom software Collaborate Ultra. The session includes access to an open Collaborate “room” with moderator access for you to practice in. 

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Christine Comrie

Student Communications Officer

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