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

 

Wang Runxi Email: wangrunxi@sjtu.edu.cn
I am an ECE senior student and also an incoming PhD candidate student in JI. I joined CLT in 2020. I really enjoy helping TAs deal with their confusions on work and holding TA related activities to make TA a more meaningful work.
 Content of responsibility: Canvas, Feishu, Basic Training

 

Fan Weihan Email: fwh2017@sjtu.edu.cn
I am currently a PhD student in JI, and I graduated from JI as an undergraduate in 2021. I enjoy being a TA mentor, because I can have a lot of opportunities to teach others the skills I’ve already mastered. This position is really meaningful, both for me and for our institute.
Content of responsibility:  Lab Safety and Lab Consultant, Advanced Trainings

 

TA Mentors

 

Gong Chun Email: gongchun@sjtu.edu.cn
I’m a Ph’D student major in Power Engineering and Thermal Engineering Thermo Physics. I was an undergraduate studentof JI and during these years, I worked as a TA for many courses. CLT provides me an opportunity to work with experienced TA mentors and to help students from another angle.
Content of responsibility: Grading, RC workshop

 

Zhang Yifei Email: Fran_zhang@sjtu.edu.cn
I’m a senior student majoring in ECE, and also a 1st year student in UM for my master’s degree. CLT has provided me with more opportunities to work with TAs, as well as many opportunities to learn and present. I cherish my experience at CLT.
Content of responsibility: Grading, CLT website

 

Wu You Email: lauren_you.wu@sjtu.edu.cn
I’m a senior student pursuing a master’s degree at UM. During my serve, I’ve learned many things about teaching assistant training and supervision. CLT is a family to me.
Content of responsibility: Canvas, RC and OH

 

Park Seonmin Email: sunmin.park@sjtu.edu.cn
I am a junior in JI Double Degree Program majoring in mechanical and aerospace engineering. Every learning and teaching service JI CLT offers supports teaching assistants to demonstrate confidence, enthusiasm in learning and sharing, and outstanding teamwork while fulfilling their duties. I am honored to serve as a TA mentor and contribute to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching environment for all students and faculty members at the Joint Institute.
Content of responsibility: TASC

 

TA Mentor (On Probation)

Yang Seungyeon Email: chengyan630@sjtu.edu.cn
I’m an international student from Korea, and currently a junior majoring in ECE. For the previous semesters, I enjoyed being a TA a lot. By participating in this meaningful group CLT, I wish to learn more from other TAs, while providing more support for our TA community.

 

 

 

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 and E-mail.

 

 

Due to COVID-19, the TA Orientation Conference and TA Training Workshops for 2020 Summer Term are hold online on Zoom.

Figure 1: 2020 Summer TA Orientation Conference has concluded successfully online

 

Figure 2: 2020 Summer TA Training Workshops have concluded successfully online

 

 

TA Orientation Conference

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

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.

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.

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

Lab Safety & Teaching in Labs
Provide guidelines and tips of teaching labs before/during/after the lab. Also emphasize on general and personal lab safety.

Guide for Exam Supervision
Introduce general rules for procotors before/during/after an exam. Emphasize regulations for online exams under the situation of COVID-19. New Tas will learn how to supervise an exam professionally.

Advanced Training Workshops

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

Teaching Strategies
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.

Practice Teaching
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 Exam
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.

Certificates

All TAs succeed in attending and passing the TA Orientation Conference and all four Basic Training Workshops and get “Satisfactory” or above in job evaluation from their instructors will be granted Basic TA Certificates.

TAs completing all three Advanced TA Workshops, succeed in passing on-site evaluation and fulfilling the requirements of Basic TA Certificates will be granted Advanced TA Certificates.

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.