Participants should plan to use a computer during the workshop. A computer will work better for the combination of software needed--Zoom, web browser, and Microsoft Office or PDF files. A second monitor is also very helpful if available.

Pre-workshop prep

Required: complete by Tuesday April 19

  • If not familiar with the GETSI Project, watch this ~5 minute video.
  • Arrange to spend ~20 minutes familiarizing yourself with Introductory GETSI modules and considering what challenges a TA using these resources might face. Then complete the short survey (linked below) and come ready to discuss your insights during the first workshop session.
    1. Look through GETSI's Introductory-level modules.
    2. Identify a module that relates to a topic your course includes.
    3. Pick one activity from one of the units in that module.
    4. Think about how you would help prepare your TAs to teach that particular activity.
    5. Complete this short questionnaire by April 19 and come ready to discuss your thoughts on Day 1.

Optional: complete before April 22 session

  • If possible, print this 1-page file - John Doe math quiz (Acrobat (PDF) 39kB Apr10 22)
    We will be using this as part of an activity on April 22. It is also ok to just view it as a pdf, but people often find it easier to have a physical copy when doing the activity.


These are links that will be helpful to have handy. They are in other places too but they are consolidated here for easy access.

  1. GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues (GETSI)
  2. Workshop Google folder with some shared files for breakout groups on April 29 (Day 2)

Friday April 22 - Day 1 - Identifying challenges for TAs

(Program starts at 11 am PT / 12 pm MT / 1 pm CT / 2 pm ET | 6 pm UTC; times below are represented as hour:minute to standardize among time zones)

Day 1 Introduction and Discussion slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 10MB Apr25 22)
TA PD short course Day 1 chat (Text File 21kB Apr25 22)

  • 0:00 Introduction to the workshop - people, topics, agenda, and scoping
  • 0:15 Follow-up discussion from Pre-workshop prep [Beth]
    • Identifying challenges TAs face and considering possible solutions
  • 0:50 Helping TAs with assessment & other challenges [Anne]
  • 1:50 Break
  • 2:00 Graduate TA panel [Karen]
    • Perspectives from recent graduate teaching assistants on challenges and solutions
      • Claire Harrigan, Boise State University
      • Emma McCully, Boise State University
      • Elizabeth Curtiss, Central Washington University
  • 2:50 Preparing for Day 2 and brief road-check survey [Beth]
  • 3:00 Adjourn

Inter-session task

  • Participants should spend ~20 minutes looking at Unit 2: Kilauea Hawai'i - Monday Morning Meeting at the USGS Hawai'i Volcano Observatory from Monitoring Volcanoes and Communicating Risks. This is a data-rich activity that takes planning to execute well.
    • Familiarize yourself with the learning outcomes
    • Familiarize yourself with the types of data being used
    • Think about challenges for TAs in trying to include this range of data types in a lab. What type of support will students need to complete the exercise?
    • Part of the Day 2 activities will include a breakout sessions related to this unit. We will assume you are already familiar with the unit and that you are ready to discuss it with your colleagues.

Friday April 29 - Day 2 - Finding solutions

(Program starts at 11 am PT / 12 pm MT / 1 pm CT / 2 pm ET; times below are represented as hour:minute to standardize among time zones)

Day 2 Finding Solutions slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 6.9MB Apr29 22)
TA PD short course Day 2 chat (Text File 33kB Apr29 22)

  • 0:00 Introduction to Day 2 [Becca]
    • Overview of some interactive teaching strategies
    • Breakout room plan
  • 0:10 Breakout Room #1 - Helping TAs implement interactive teaching strategies
    Participant Landing Page (is in the Participant Google folder)
    • Breakout rooms (25 minutes)
      • Jigsaw exercise
      • Gallery tour
      • Managing discussions (including controversial topics)
      • Formative assessment
    • All-group Share-out (25 minutes)
  • 1:00 Breakout Room #2 - Helping TAs scaffold students learning during data-rich activities
    Use the same document as for Breakout #1 (groups will remain the same).
    • Introduction, ideas, and group chat (5 minutes)
    • Breakout rooms (20 minutes) - in Breakout #1, groups addressed different topics, but in #2, each group will be considering the same question of data-rich activities.
  • 1:25 Break
  • 1:35 Breakout Room #2 - All-group Share-out (25 minutes)
  • ~2:00 Implementation planning time [Beth]
    • Individual and small-group work time alternating with all-group discussion
    • Participants work on their own plans for TA support (start Implementation Planning & Feedback Survey)
  • 3:00 Adjourn

Due by Friday May 6 (for stipend eligibility)

  • Participants who attend both sessions, complete the Implementation Planning & Feedback Form May 6, and are a US citizen or permanent resident are eligible for the $150 stipend*.
  • Complete Implementation Planning & Feedback Survey by Friday May 6. Expected time ~30 minutes. You will be able to start this near the end of the Day 2 session, but may need to take a bit of additional time to complete it.
  • After May 6, if your information is not already in the UNAVCO vendor system, you will be sent paperwork via DocuSign (W2, UNAVCO vendor certification form). Please return it promptly.
  • Stipends general arrive 3-4 weeks after DocuSign paperwork is completed.

*Others are welcome to participate without compensation.


Interactive Teaching


Teaching w/ Data

Diversity Equity & Inclusion

Research on Teaching Assistant Training