Graduate Teaching Assistant Training

Twice a year The Graduate School will host a GTA training. If you are unable to attend, or if you would like to have more information to help you in your transition from being purely a student to a graduate teacher, please review the information below. 

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Speaker, topic and video from previous orientations


What Graduate Students Need to Know about Learning, Memory and Development

Presenters: Carrie Myers, Anna Zelaya, and Catherine Johnson

Academic Misconduct and Beyond

The student conduct process at MSU is an educational and developmental process that balances the interests of individual students with the interests of the academic community. As a GTA, you should read and know the Code of Student Conduct. All students are required to uphold and abide by certain standards of conduct that form the basis of the Code of Student Conduct.  The link to the side will take you to the Code, and provide additional information that can help you as a GTA.

Presenter:  Dr. Matt Caires, Dean of Students

Student Welfare

As a GTA, you are now interacting with many students on a given day. Because of this, you may be the first person that could notice a student in distress. You can have a profound affect on students when you openly acknowledge that you are aware of their distress, are sincerely concerned about their welfare, and are willing to help them explore options.

Whenever possible, we encourage you to speak directly and honestly to students if you sense academic or personal distress. To learn how, please look at the link to the right. If you have questions, you can always call the main office on the 24-hour hotline.

Presenter: Dr. Aaron Grusonik, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Welfare

Technology in the Classroom

There are many different tools that can be used within a classroom to make teaching interesting and interactive for both you and your students. Review the PDF and learn about some of these strategies used in classrooms today.

Presenter: Dr. Chris Bahn, Chemistry/Biochemistry

Brightspace (also called D2L)

All courses that exist in Banner each semester are automatically created in this platform, so if you login you can find your course offering online and use it to teach your course. 

You may have used D2L/Brightspace as a student, but this training is intended to teach you how to use it as an instructor. You can present content, create discussions, conduct quizzes, submit grades, and more.

Presenter: Ryan Storment, Instructional Technology Specialist

Overview of the Collective Bargaining Agreement 

What is the Collective Bargaining Agreement and what does it mean for you? All new GTAs and GRAs should review this website's material. If you have forms you would like to drop off, please go to the second floor of Montana Hall or contact Deb Barkley. 

Presenter: Deb Barkley, Faculty and Labor Relations Manager

Effective Grading Practices & Strategies

Why do we test and grade students? How can we use best practice to learn what your students know before, during and after your time with them?

Presenter: Lynn Kelting-Gibson, Assistant Professor, Education 

Active Learning Techniques

What is Active Learning? This is a process that engages students in the process of learning through activities and/or discussion in class, as opposed to passively listening to an expert. Review the PowerPoint to learn how to possibly use this method in your classroom.

Presenter: Tracy Dougher, Department Head, College of Agriculture

Understanding and Working with Millennials 

These materials are geared towards understanding how Millennials may differ from other generations in a classroom setting. As a GTA, you will be faced with a variety of ages within your classrooms, and understanding the subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) nuances between the generations can help you in your new journey as a GTA.

Presenter: Matt Caires, Dean of Students

Effective Teaching Strategies for Face-to-Face and Online Learning

Becoming an effective teacher takes time; it is not something learned overnight. There are many different methods to teaching both online and face to face courses.

Presenter: Catherine Johnson, Adjunct Instructor Northern Plains Transition to Teaching

Safe Zone Training

The mission of Safe Zone at MSU is to promote an inviting and inclusive environment that is emotionally and physically safe for LGBTQIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, questioning) students, faculty, and staff. This is achieved through increasing awareness and education about LGBTQIQ identities, developing and expanding MSU’s network of LGBTQIQ allies as well as increasing visibility of designated ally Safe Zones on campus, and decreasing individual and institutional heterosexism. 

Presenter: Mariah Hill, Diversity Coordinator, Counseling & Psychological Services

Teaching Styles

There is not one way to teach a group or individual. Graduate students benefit from using various strategies of teaching, and this presentation will assist you in learning some of them.

 Presenters: Tammy Stewart and Lindsey Jackson, graduate students

Time Management in Graduate School

Understanding time management is critical as a student, faculty and in your career.  Dr. Richards presented information on this worthwhile topic.  See information to the right.

Presenter: Abigail Richards, Associate Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering

The Dos & Don’ts of Being a GTA 

What does being a GTA mean?  This presentation covers everything from how to introduce yourself to how to be a successful in your teaching and grading practices.  

Presenter: Anders Larsson, Adj. Asst. Prof., Civil Engineering