About the Programme

The role of a Teaching Assistant (TAs) can be a difficult one without some framework for understanding how to approach university teaching. Over the past twenty years, there has been a great deal of research into how students at university (adult learners) learn. Some aspects of traditional teaching are less effective than teaching that creates an environment in which students learn actively.

This course is offered by the Teaching, Learning and Pedagogy Division at NTU.

The emphasis in this course is on student learning, and what students do. This course therefore proposes to open up the field of student learning to you as a way of providing the means to think about and plan your teaching.

It offers 5 core modules concerning the principles of university teaching (including a micro-teaching session), development of the skills students need for effective learning and 3 elective modules covering assessments and the effective use of educational technology. It is also important to note that this program is designed to model student-centred teaching practice, so as a participant you will be actively involved in the workshops, and you will be undertaking a number of group activities.

Program Aims

To provide you with a framework, based on current best practice, for developing your teaching and confidence in facilitating student-centred learning by sharpening your sense of what teaching in your particular discipline area means, and opening up debate with peers about teaching and learning.

Program Outcomes

By the end of the programme, you will be able to:

  • Apply principles of student-centred learning to teaching in your discipline are
  • Plan appropriate learning outcomes for a teaching session or course
  • Identify appropriate assessment and feedback strategies
  • Determine how to incorporate the development of academic skills into your teaching
  • Apply educational technology in appropriate ways to improve student learning
  • Develop skills for giving and receiving feedback on teaching practice in a micro-teaching session

What do you need to do to complete this Programme?

To demonstrate your development as a Teaching Assistant, you will be required to complete several assessment tasks which have been designed to guide you through the learning process and which can be used as the beginnings of your teaching portfolio.

This programme consists of 5 core modules and 3 elective modules. You will need to successfully complete the 5 core modules to fulfil the requirement for your PhD Qualifying Examinations.

Registration for AY2019/20 S2

The registration for HWG702 is now closed

University Teaching for Teaching Assistant Certificate

To be awarded the University Teaching for Teaching Assistant Certificate, you must successfully complete all 8 modules and obtain a recommendation to teach from your microteaching assessor.

With the exception of elective module 2, each module consists of three hours of facilitated classroom learning.

For further enquiries, please email to: tap@ntu.edu.sg


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