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Preparation for Lead TA Institute

Preparations - Before the Institute 


Please be prepared for the Lead TA Institute by completing the following four tasks prior to our first meeting:

1. Follow the link "Dept. Programs" under the Lead TA Institute menu and read the sample summaries of departmental TA training programs. This link brings you to the Short Menu for Departmental TA Training; please read the brief descriptions of TA training program for each department.  Check the accuracy of the information given for your department.   If your department has an online page of responsibilities, an online departmental TA handbook, or a TA training web site please check to see that all are correctly listed with up-to-date links.

  • E-mail Dr. Lisa Berry <lisa.berry@id.ucsb.edu> stating that you have reviewed the description for your department. Indicate any revisions by sending an updated version of the current description (thereby allowing the webmaster to copy/paste the updates).
  • Be prepared to discuss your department's TA training program at the Lead TA Institute.

2. Bring an overview/outline of your Department's TA Training Program and upload it to the Lead TA GauchoSpace site (e.g. an outline of last year's departmental TA Orientation plan and/or the syllabus for your department's TA Training course or workshop series).  One of the highlights of the Institute is sharing ideas and plans across departments, so please come prepared.  Your department TA Training Coordinator, prior Lead TA, or Department Chair may be able to provide you with information about your TA Training Program.

3. Check the strengths and weaknesses of your departmental TA training web page; does it include links to the campus-wide TA training web site http://oic.id.ucsb.edu/ta-development and to the Certificate in College and University Teaching www.graddiv.ucsb.edu/academic/ccut/?  If your department has a GauchoSpace site for TA training, request editing access so that you can add links, resources and activities. 

4. Complete two of the four TA Resource Modules on the GauchoSpace site, "Instructional Development TA Resources."  First, navigate through the lesson modules for your two chosen topics.  Next, take the quiz associated with each module that you select.  Take notes on the key "take-aways," along with any personal examples or experience that you have with each module.  Bring your notes to the Institute: you will be responsible for teaching others about the modules that you choose.

Institute Stipend
Due to budget cuts, we are no longer able to offer LTAI participants a stipend for attending.  Full participation will satisfy Requirement #2 of the CCUT program.



consultation contacts

George Michaelsexecutive director2130 Kerr Hall
lisa berrysenior instructional consultant1130 Kerr Hall
mindy colininstructional consultant1130 Kerr Hall
Mary Lou Ramos database and ESCI administrator1130 Kerr Hall
TBD ESCI assistant1124 Kerr Hall


Laurel Shaddixoffice manager 1130 Kerr Hall
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