The main aim of this session is to provide the audience with a replicable model they can use to develop online professional development tracks tailored to their institutional needs. In this session, the presenters will showcase the newly developed comprehensive and purpose tailored online course geared towards the professional development of teaching assistants (TAs) at the American University in Cairo (AUC).
The Teaching Assistants Online Professional Development (TAPD) course was developed to fulfill the need for a sustainable and consistently available content that will serve the large cohorts of TAs who join different schools at the university each year. The modules of the online course are to be a sustainable, self-paced resource subject to alterations and further development based on the feedback received from the participants after each iteration. To date, more than 850 TAs finished at least one module of the program. The program tackles topics such as: teaching and learning strategies, developing assessments and grading rubrics, academic integrity concerns, and the TAs relationship with students and faculty.
The presenters will walk the audience through all of the project development stages starting with setting the project objectives, highlighting different elements of the instructional design and technical constraints, and reporting on the assessment. Presenters will also share some of the feedback received from the TAs and detail how it was incorporated into the following iterations. The session will follow the following preliminary outline: idea development; content and assessment development; piloting and collecting feedback; practical implications; next steps.