Information for Current TAs

Offer letters, Description of Duties and Allocation of Hours Forms (DDAH), and the TA Training Tracker are available on the TA Database (TAD). You can log-in using your UTORid and password.

We are currently following Plan A for both undergraduate and graduate courses, as listed on the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering's Scenarios for Fall on Campus. Therefore, most classes will be in person and TAs are expected to be on campus.

Training Requirements as of September 2021

New TAs to U of T are required to complete four (4) hours of new TA training through TATP* or the FASE TA Training Quercus Site**. These 4 hours of training will be allocated to you on your DDAH form. New TAs hired in more than one department should only complete 4 hours of new TA training in total and should not claim these 4 hours in more than one department. If you are a new TA assigned to more than one department, it is best that you email the TA coordinators to inform them of this situation. If you are hired by a non-Engineering department as a TA, please check your TA contract whether you can use the FASE TA Training modules on Quercus for your mandatory First-Time TA Training. Please make sure that 4 hours of training have been allocated on your DDAH form for the course/department from which you will be claiming the training. New TAs can choose to complete more modules for additional learning, but will only be compensated for completing 4 hours of training. Please make sure to get proof of completion (saving screenshots of the completion page for each module are recommended) which will need to be uploaded to the “Training Tracker” on the TA Database (TAD). Training should be completed (and recorded in TAD) within the first month of your assignment. 

First-Time ("New") TA Training

TATP* First-Time TA Training

The TATP support for providing the 4 hours of mandatory paid training for first contract TAs includes two components: A 2-hour synchronous webinar, and two 1-hour asynchronous modules.

FASE TA Training Quercus Site** First-Time TA Training, in combination with TATP training

    • Part A – 2 hours of paid training through the FASE Quercus Site
      • Register by filling out the registration form. Once you register, TAs will be invited by email to access to the Quercus within 2-3 business days.
      • Complete one (1) hour from the Mandatory Asynchronous Core Modules through FASE Quercus**, including:
        • Academic Integrity
        • Student Privacy & Protection
        • Student Privacy & Protection for Virtual Instruction
        • Supporting Student Mental Health
      • Complete one (1) out of the 3 sub-modules from Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Modules (Note: Students can choose to complete all 3 sub-modules for additional learning – but will only be paid for completing 1 of 3 sub-modules as part of their 2-hour training).
        • Foundational EDI Language
        • Power, Privilege & Positionality
        • Interrupting Bias
    • Part B – The remaining 2 hours should be completed through TATP

Please make sure to get proof of completion (saving screenshots of the completion page for each module are recommended) which will need to be uploaded to the “Training Tracker” on the TA Database (TAD). It is recommended for all required training to be completed (and recorded in TAD) within the first month of your assignment. 

In addition, and as per the offer letter, new TAs should also complete the following training:

  1. Thirty (30) minutes of AODA online training (as per the offer letter). This training is provided, tracked and paid for by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Office. You will be notified by email when the training module becomes available for your completion, normally one month after the start date of this appointment. Please contact AODA (aoda@utoronto.ca) directly with any questions.
  2. Basic Occupational Health & Safety Awareness Training provided by the Office of Environmental Health & Safety available. This Program takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. You will be compensated for your time upon providing proof of completion to ugta.ece@utoronto.ca.

Returning TA Training

Returning TAs are eligible to complete an additional but optional 2 hours of work-related paid training per academic year in which they hold at least one (1) appointment. This training can be completed either through TATP or the FASE Quercus site. Eligible subject areas include: pedagogy and inclusive pedagogy; anti-oppression and anti-racism; cultural competency; accommodations and crisis referrals. Subject areas related to remote work, such as online technology; online course design and management, are also options if applicable to your TA contract. Please be sure to obtain proof of completion and upload into TAD.

The FASE Quercus Site offers returning TAs the following training:

  • Completing all three sub-modules of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (1 hour)
    • Foundational EDI Language
    • Power, Privilege & Positionality
    • Interrupting Bias
  • Completing Auxiliary Modules (1 hour)
    • Being a TA in an Online Setting
    • Planning or Your Tutorial
    • What Comes Before Marking?
    • Connecting with Students During Online Instruction
  • If interested in completing this optional training, please fill out the registration formUpon registration, TAs will be invited by email to access to the Quercus within 48 hours.
  • The Auxiliary Modules require specific steps to obtain completion. At the end of each module, there will be a screen that indicates you have completed the training for that specific module. It should say, “Congratulations, you have successfully completed, “xxx modules”. Please take a screenshot of the completion screen and submit all 4 screenshots of your completion on TAD. 

Please make sure to get proof of completion (saving screenshots of the completion page for each module are recommended) which will need to be uploaded to the “Training Tracker” on the TA Database (TAD). It is recommended for all required training to be completed (and recorded in TAD) within the first month of your assignment. 

*TA training is through TATP; a calendar of training events can be found on the Teaching Assistant Training Program website. Training sessions fill up very quickly, so please be sure to sign up as soon as you see any available sessions.

**Please register to gain access to the FASE TA Training Quercus website. Further details can be found in the FASE TA Training Plan.

It is the TA’s responsibility to sign up for training and to complete training. Most TA training is held in Aug-Sept for the Fall term and January for the Winter term. New TA training fills up very quickly so it is imperative to sign up for training as soon as it becomes available. Any TA (new or existing) is more than welcome to go above and beyond the minimum requirements (no extra compensation will be provided). In addition to the above training, it is strongly encouraged that TAs complete the IAR module (Identify, Assist and Refer) online to learn to (better) support students and colleagues who are struggling or feel overwhelmed. If you would like to know more about the various support services available to all students, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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