Teaching Assistant Programs

The mission of the Joint Institute Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT-JI) is to promote and ensure teaching excellence in the Joint Institute (JI).

CLT TA Training Programs

The CLT TA Training Program consists of a Coordinator, a Chief TA Mentor, and TA Mentors. All TA Mentors could be JI or SJTU students, undergraduate or Master students. Members of CLT TA Training Program contribute to providing training, award, support and guidance for TAs, including TA handbook, training workshops, regular office hour, supervision mailbox, etc.

Coordinator

Chief TA Mentor

Jingzhe Fang
Jingzhe Fang
Junior ECE Student
Jingzhe Fang
Junior ECE Student
E-mail: shirleyfang0817@sjtu.edu.cn

TA Mentors

Jiaoyang Hu
Junior ECE Student
E-mail: Ivan.HuJY@outlook.com

Linzao Hou
Master ME Student
E-mail: 1092408997@qq.com

Xinyi Ye
Junior ECE Student
E-mail: yexinyi@sjtu.edu.cn

Yirui Gao
Senior ECE Student
E-mail: gaoyirui@outlook.com

Zheng Wu
Junior ECE Student
E-mail: wuzheng0214@sjtu.edu.cn

Zhiyu Hao
Junior ECE Student
E-mail: cathyhaozhiyu@sjtu.edu.cn

TA Mentor Office Hour

Teaching Assistant Mentors from CLT-JI hold weekly office hours to help TAs encountering problems in their job. Any question is welcomed to consult the TA Mentors. They offer practical advice based on their own experiences to help the TA. The time and location for TA Mentor Office Hour are posted on Canvas.

During the COVID-19, TA mentors can be reached through TA wechat group.

 

2020 Fall TA Orientation Conference concludes successfully (CH)

Center for Learning and Teaching of the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (CLT-UM-SJTU JI) held the 2020 fall TA orientation Conference to train the newly-recruited teaching assistants on September 9, 2020.

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2020 Summer TA Orientation Conference has concludes successfully online (CH)

Due to COVID-19, the TA Orientation Conference for 2020 Summer Term is hold online on Zoom.

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2020 Spring TA Orientation Conference concludes online successfully (CH)

Center for Learning and Teaching of the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (CLT-UM-SJTU JI) held the 2020 Spring TA orientation Conference to train the newly-recruited teaching assistants on February 26th and 29th, 2020. Due to COVID-19, the conference was held online for the first time.

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2019 Fall TA Orientation Conference concludes successfully (CH)

The Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT-JI) held the 2019 Fall TA Orientation Conference at the University of Michigan- Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (UM-SJTU JI) on September 11, 2019. 

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2018 Summer TA Orientation Conference of JI Center for Learning and Teaching Concludes Successfully (CH)

To train the new teaching assistants for basic teaching skills, Center for Learning and Teaching(CTL) held 2018 Summer TA orientation Conference successfully on May 19 and May 27, 2018.

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2018 Spring TA Orientation Conference concludes successfully (CH)

On the afternoon of February 29, 2018 Spring TA Orientation Conference was successfully held by the Center for Learning and Teaching of the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (CLT-UM-SJTU JI).

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2017 Fall TA Orientation Conference of Center for Learning and Teaching concludes successfully (CH)

To prepare the new teaching assistants (TA) for the new job, the Center for Teaching and Learning (CLT) held the 2017 Fall TA Orientation Conference in Long Bin Building on September 13, 2017.

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2017 Summer TA Orientation Conference concludes successfully (EN)

To train the newly-recruited teaching assistants (TA), Center for Learning and Teaching of the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (CLT-UM-SJTU JI) held 2017 Summer TA Orientation Conference at the Yu Liming Student Center on May 20, 2017.

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2016 Fall TA Orientation Conference of Center for Learning and Teaching concludes successfully (CH)

The University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute held the 2017 Fall TA Orientation Conference in Long Bin Building on September 21, 2016.

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2016 Summer TA Orientation Conference concludes successfully (CH)

To improve the quality of teaching assistant team, the Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT-JI) held the 2016 Summer TA Orientation Conference at the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (UM-SJTU JI) on May 28, 2016. 

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2015 Fall TA Orientation Conference a success (EN)

To prepare the new teaching assistants for the fall semester, the Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT-JI) held the 2015 fall TA Orientation Conference at the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (UM-SJTU JI) on September 19, 2015. 

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2015 Summer TA Orientation Conference a success (EN)

To prepare the new teaching assistants for the summer semester, the Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT-JI) held the 2015 Summer TA Orientation Conference at the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (UM-SJTU JI) on May 16, 2015.

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The TA Orientation Conference of the JI Center for Learning and Teaching Concludes Successfully (EN)

The annual TA orientation conference of the JI Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT-JI) was held on May 18, 2013.

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The Fourth TA Orientation Conference of the JI Center for Learning and Teaching Concludes Successfully (EN)

The fourth TA orientation conference of the JI Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT-JI) was held on September 15, 2012, which aims to provide intensive training for the 51 teaching assistants who are working in the fall semester.

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The Third TA Orientation Conference of the JI Center for Learning and Teaching Concluded Successfully (EN)

The third TA orientation conference of the JI Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT-JI) was held on May 12, 2012.

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()TA Training Workshops

CLT-JI (Center for Learning and Teaching in the Joint Institute) offers teaching assistant training program composed of various workshops, case study sessions, etc. to help new teaching assistants get familiar with their jobs and duties. These workshops are divided into Basic TA Workshops and Advanced TA Workshops.

Overview of the Workshops

There are 9 workshops in all:

  • Teaching Assistant Orientation Conference (14:00-16:00 1st Wednesday in Spring and Fall semester, 2nd Wednesday in Summer semester);
  • Practical Guide for Using Canvas
  • Grading Issues & How to Prevent
  • Teaching Labs & Lab Safety
  • Guide for Exam Supervision
  • Practice Teaching for Onsite Evaluation
  • Teaching Strategies – Active Learning
  • Case Study
  • Onsite Evaluation (upon request after finishing previous 8 workshops)

Basic TA Workshops

All new TAs are required to take the following four Basic TA Workshops. These workshops help new TAs to quickly and smoothly shift their roles from undergraduate students to TAs. New TAs can also acquire some necessary hands-on abilities from the following workshops.

TA Orientation Conference

The TA Orientation Conference is held on the first Wednesday in Spring and Fall semester, second Wednesday in Summer semester. New TAs will be able to get familiar with their job responsibilities and general information about the training program offered by CLT-JI.

Practical Guide for Using Canvas

A demonstration-based workshop showing students how to use functions on Canvas, such as announcements, assignments, Quizzes, etc step by step. New TAs will be familiar with Canvas after completing two practical tasks.

Grading Issues & How to prevent

Practice some real examples in grading, new TAs will learn to grade students’ assignments, papers, essays, and etc. on a fair and consistent basis.

Teaching Labs & Lab Safety

Provide guidelines and tips on teaching labs before/during/after the lab

Emphasize on general and personal lab safety

Guide for Exam Supervision

Introduce general rules for proctors before/during/after an exam

Emphasize regulations for online exams under the situation of COVID-19

Learn how to supervise an exam professionally(new TAs)

Advanced Training Workshops

The Advanced Training Workshops are prepared for those TAs who have interests in pursuing strong teaching abilities.

Practice Teaching for Onsite Evaluation

A practice before the real teaching exam. TA demonstrates part of his/her recitation class. Students, TA mentor and faculty will give suggestions and comments on TA’s performance so that he/her can perform better in teaching exam.

Teaching Strategies – Active Learning

Active Learning (Including presentations by TA mentor, and possibly faculty members who have won the teaching awards).

Case Study

Discuss some typical cases that TA will probably meet in future teaching process and share ideas with each other.

Onsite Evaluation

Teaching Exam with rigorous evaluation from students, TA mentor, and faculty.  Each student should teach the technical content for around 10 minutes.

Teaching Assistant Supervision

All TAs in the Joint Institute are under supervision from their faculty supervisors, the students and the Teaching Assistant Supervision Committee (TASC).

Teaching Assistant Supervision Committee (ji-tasc@sjtu.edu.cn)

Students can write complaints, report issues regarding their TA’s misconduct of job and propose suggestions to the TASC. TASC is entitled to forward students’ complaints and suggestions to the relevant TA and his or her faculty supervisor. If the case involves violation of ethics and professionalism, the case will be reviewed by TASC and TASC has the power to give punishments to the relevant TAs. If the case involves possible Honor Code violation, TASC will forward the case to the Honor Council of the Joint Institute.

Basic TA Certificate

To earn a Basic Teaching Assistant Certificate, a TA needs to :

  • Attend Teaching Assistant Orientation Conference;
  • Attend and successfully pass all four quizzes for workshops 2-5;
  • Achieve “Satisfactory” or above in the job rating from the instructor at the end of the semester;
  • Once a TA fulfill the abovementioned requirements, he or she can claim his/her Basic Teaching Assistant Certificate by submitting the Teaching Assistant Training Record to ZHU Caifeng (Office 315) upon request.

Advanced TA Certificate

To earn an Advanced Teaching Assistant Certificate, a TA needs to :

  • Have Basic TA Certificate or have attended and successfully passed all quizzes for workshops 1-5;
  • Attend and/or have successfully passed quizzes for workshops 6-8;
  • Achieve “Satisfactory Plus” or above in the job rating from the instructor at the end of the semester;
  • Once a TA fulfill the abovementioned requirements, he or she will get a standard recommendation letter from CLT-JI which shows his/her abilities in giving presentations and leading classes, etc.

Awards

Every year CLT-JI will award those top TAs based on the evaluation from their instructors and students. Those who excel in teaching will have a chance to be recognized and awarded with “Outstanding Teaching Assistant” (5 each year), “Excellent Teaching Assistant” (10 each year), and “Outstanding Teaching Assistant Group” (2 each year). The awarding ceremony is held at the TA Orientation Conference in the Summer Semester.