Tuesday, September 15, 2020 — 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EDT

Location: Online


This 1.5hr hands-on workshop will introduce TAs to LEARN (from Desire2Learn), our course management system for presenting course activities and resources in fall term courses. By the end of this session, TAs will be able to use the D2L environment to communicate with students, have basic knowledge of the tools available within D2L, and enter grades. TAs should be enrolled in the course they will be working in with the appropriate permissions, and should know the sorts of tasks that they will be asked to complete in that course to make best use of their time in the session.

This session will be offered remotely through Bongo Virtual Classrooms in LEARN. Registrants will receive instructions on how to access the course in LEARN on the morning of the session. 

Prior to this workshop, TA’s are encouraged to explore the module Teaching Online: Basic Skills for TAs (CTE1406), in particular Unit 3: Using LEARN Tools as a TA. Undergraduate and graduate TA's can access the module through the Teaching Assistant Training LEARN site. If you are a graduate student participating in the Fundamentals of University Teaching program, you can also access the module through the Fundamentals LEARN site. This online module will introduce you to the online learning environment and strategies for being an effective TA for remote and online courses. You will learn about the unique needs of online students the role of TAs in online courses useful tools in the learning management system and strategies for communicating with students, facilitating online discussions, and providing feedback.


Registration is required. CTE has a new registration system called GoSignMeUp. Before you can register for a workshop, you need to create an account (one time only). Once you've created an account, you can register for this workshop.


Many of our workshops have waiting lists, so if you've registered but can't attend, please cancel your registration well in advance through the registration system, so that someone else can fill your spot.


The University of Waterloo is committed to achieving barrier-free accessibility for persons with disabilities who are visiting, studying, or working at Waterloo. CTE’s online workshops are delivered through either WebEx, Microsoft Teams, or Bongo with the audio component available either as captioning or a transcript. CTE’s face-to-face workshops typically involve a mix of presentation and discussion-based activities, and we encourage a scent-free environment. We welcome accompanying assistants, interpreters, and note-takers. If you have questions concerning access, such as parking, building layouts, or obtaining workshop content in alternative formats, or wish to request accommodations for our programming, please let us know by emailing cte@uwaterloo.ca. Please note that some accommodations may require time to arrange.