The Teaching Assistant Institute will be a week-long event featuring a mix of live online discussions and pre-recorded videos as well as asynchronous activities to promote connection and community. While most of the institute will be the same for everyone, you will also be able to choose from a selection of elective activities based on your experience and role.
Registration is closed.
If your department has asked you to complete the Institute, please contact us at email@example.com.
Live sessions offer the opportunity for you to connect with one another and discuss topics that will be important regardless of your role as a TA. All live sessions occur from 9-10:30 am.
The recorded modules offer an overview of key resources available at NIU or techniques to use when you work with your students. There are two types of modules - Core and Elective. Together, these should require about two hours to complete.
Sample module topics include: Reducing Barriers for Students with Disabilities, Assisting Students with Mental Health Concerns, Imposter Syndrome, Communicating Effectively, Engaging with Students via Web Conferencing, Supporting Success in Gateway Courses, Supporting First Generation Students, and more.
We are excited to introduce an optional in-person component after two years of a completely virtual program. This year, the Institute will include an optional birds of a feather session in-person and on campus. The session will include light refreshments and the opportunity to meet other new and experienced teaching assistants.
We hope you will join us. Attendance at this session is not required to complete the Institute and receive the certificate.
Thursday, August 18 from 2-3:30 PM
Capitol Room, Holmes Student Center
You will receive a certificate of completion if you attend all three of the live online sessions (or watch the recordings of the sessions) and watch the required and elective modules. While completion of the TA Institute is encouraged, it is not required by the university. It may, however, be required by your department. Check with your supervisor to determine whether you are required to receive a certificate of completion for the TA Institute.
This institute is open to all graduate teaching assistants, research assistants, and staff assistants at NIU. The institute is designed for new graduate assistants, but continuing graduate assistants are welcome to attend. The sessions cover general teaching and teaching-related responsibilities which are applicable to all disciplines; individual departments may provide more detailed discipline-specific training.
Registration is now closed. If your department has asked you to complete the Institute, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The registration confirmation will be sent to your NIU email account, either your employee A-ID or student Z-ID email (whichever you use to register). If you do not know your ID or password, review this help page on IDs and passwords for more information. If you do not have an ID and password, and you have tried to look it up, email email@example.com to register. After submitting your registration, if you do not receive a response within 2 working days, please contact the Center at firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions? View answers to commonly asked questions below.
While we strive to ensure that the Teaching Assistant Institute is relevant and up-to-date, the majority of the content remains the same each year. The Keynote session is changed periodically and new topics are added to the recorded modules, however, so returning graduate teaching assistants should find something new and relevant to them.
You will need a computer with speakers or headphones for the live sessions, or a smartphone (Android or iOS). You will need a webcam or microphone to share your audio or video with other participants, but this is not required. There is a text chat for discussion if you do not have a microphone built in to your computer or headphones. You will also need a reliable Internet connection.
You may be able to come to campus to connect to the Institute if you do not have a reliable Internet connection at home. Check with your supervisor to find out if that is an option for you and follow the latest health and safety guidelines.
No, parking permits are not issued for attending the TA Institute. You may attend most of the sessions from anywhere, so you do not have to come to campus to attend the TA Institute.
If you plan to attend the Birds of a Feather networking session or you need to be on campus to have a reliable Internet connection (check with your supervisor to be sure that it is all right for you to come to campus and follow the latest health and safety guidelines), you can park in the visitor pay lot located on Carroll Avenue for a fee for the day. Alternatively, you can purchase the appropriate parking permit for the following academic year or semester from Campus Parking Services and use it to park in the parking deck located on Normal Road or any of the approved lots. For more information, visit the Campus Parking Services website.
The live sessions of the TA Institute will be recorded for you to review in the Blackboard Course for the TA Institute. You will have access to this course for at least a year. There may be a 24-48 hour delay before the recording is made available.
The Birds of a Feather networking session will neither be streamed nor recorded. Attendance at this session is optional.
You may cancel your registration by logging into the event registration system.