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Sloan C Presentation: Teaching Assistants

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    • It Takes Two!The Instructor/Teaching Assistant Partnership in an Online Course
      2009 Sloan-C Conference
      Orlando, Florida
    • Motivation
      Other than delivery of course content, what does meeting regularly as a class do?
      Gives the student and instructor structure.
      It is a conscious and consistent reminder about the course and its obligations (assignments, preparation, etc.)
      Consciousness of the Course
    • Instructor Testimonials
      “The Teaching Assistant Program helped me concentrate on teaching content, while giving the students a resource for navigating through the administrative hurtles.”-- Instructor for Introduction to Statistics
    • Teaching Assistant Testimonials
       ”I think it great to have more staff interact with students and allow them to feel that sense of community within the college.  This program allowed me to share that with the students.”
      -- Teaching Assistant for Communications Course
    • Teaching Assistant Testimonials
      “ [The instructor] and I worked well together and had a clear understanding of each other’s role. And, since [the instructor] was relieved of some of her non-teaching duties, it created more time for teaching.”
      -- Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Statistics
    • Hard Data
    • Structure of Initial Trial
      Large Class Size – 44 or higher
      Experienced instructors and teaching assistants
      Compensation and Loss
      Teaching Assistants were compensated at TA rate
      Instructors gave up one credit…willingly!
      1st semester Pilot
      2nd semester and beyond
      Contract with clear expectations, duties, and partnership outlined beforehand
    • Case Study
      Introduction to Statistics
      Early email with login instructions
      After one week, check in with those who are behind
      During the semester, keeps both students and instructor on task
    • Extending the Idea
      Student Assistants instead of Teaching Assistants
      Less cost
      Work Study or Service Learning could fund the Student Assistant
      More of a peer-to-peer relationship with students
      Content knowledge means built in tutor
    • Extending the Idea
      Rethink Class Size – 20 to 30?
      For Administrators:
      Slight increases to capacity (5 to 10 beyond current capacity) without associated cost or headaches.
      Maintain the quality of the course at a lower cost
      For Instructors
      Guaranteed assistance
      Takes away the facilitation aspect so you can focus on being a teacher.
      For Students
      More seats, so more opportunity to sign up for the course
    • Further Information
      You are welcome to access the following website:
      On the website, you will find:
      Full student, teaching assistant, and instructor testimonials
      Samples of Contracts
      and much more!
    • Thank You!
      Donna Sperry
      Associate Professor
      Mathematics, Physics, & Engineering
      College of Southern Maryland
      Dr. Sue Subocz
      Distance Learning & Faculty Development
      College of Southern Maryland