Graduate Assistant Professional Development Program

Upcoming Workshops

Building community and engagement online - Wed Jan 27th, 3:00 - 4:30pm - Register

Participants will learn how to increase student engagement and build community in the online classroom


Professionalism in the online classroom- Wed Feb 10th, 3:00 - 4:30pm - Register

Participants will explore what it means to be a teaching professional, including responsibilities and ethical behaviour and will focus on the context of an online course.


Facilitating online learning and teaching online- Wed Feb 24th, 3:00 - 4:30pm - Register

Participants will explore different frameworks for understanding effective online teaching and build their online facilitation skills through case studies and interactive activities. 


Designing effective assessments and activities- Wed Mar 10th, 3:00 - 4:30pm - Register

Participants will examine different methods for creating effective and engaging online activities and will cover the basics of assessment and giving useful feedback.


Working with the online learner - Wed Mar 24th, 3:00 - 4:30pm - Register
Participants will be asked to consider the learner and how to create a teaching approach and environment that is inclusive, equitable, and accessible. 

Graduate Assistant Professional Development Program

Many graduate students at the University of Lethbridge are assigned work as a Teaching Assistants during their graduate program. Graduate Teaching Assistants may be required to grade examinations and assignments, instruct laboratory and tutorial classes, lead discussion groups, or teach an undergraduate level class. Graduate assistants are actively encouraged to participate in the GA Professional Development Program sessions throughout the fall and spring semesters, to become adequately equipped for these duties and to acquire vital skills for their future academic careers.

The Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Professional Development Program provides an opportunity for professional development in critical teaching skills, equipping graduate students to carry out their teaching duties effectively. Graduate students who have participated in sessions receive formal recognition of participation in this academic, professional development program via a “Certificate of Participation”. This program addresses essential aspects of good teaching; equipping GAs to carry out their teaching duties efficiently and enhance their teaching skills as their careers advance.

Workshops will address topics such as professional expectations and responsibilities, establishing a productive learning environment, dealing with students, classroom management, grading and assessment, leading discussion groups, preparing a presentation, the multicultural classroom, teaching and learning styles, and other topics of importance to GAs. Graduate students are also strongly encouraged to attend the Teaching Centre's Talking about Teaching and Spark: Teaching Symposium events.

Participation in the GA Professional Development Program and attendance at other Teaching Centre events provides an opportunity for professional development as well as formal recognition of involvement. At the conclusion of the academic year, students who have participated in the Teaching Centre's GA professional development workshops are eligible to receive a “Certificate of Participation” documenting their hours of completed participation in the program. Attendance at other Teaching Centre events may also carry recognition. This certificate can be a valuable addition to a graduate student’s curriculum vitae when applying for academic positions, doctoral programs and post-doctoral placements.

THRIVE Workshops

The THRIVE Professional Development Program offers optional events, workshops, and other resources compliment your degree.

Visit the THRIVE website for more information.