Spring TA Orientation

The Spring TA Orientation for first-time Teaching Assistants is open for enrollment. 

The TA Orientation is mandatory for all first-time teaching assistants of the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, Whiting School of Engineering, and Peabody Institute.

The mandatory plenary session and additional training recordings will be offered asynchronously via Canvas.  TAs are asked to complete these prior to the start of your TA assignment. TA

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All Teaching Assistants should register for access to the TA Orientation Canvas site--as soon as they are notified of their TA assignment. Access to the content in Canvas is granted after completing the form found inside the Canvas training site.

Access to the training site will remain open during the spring semester.

Session Details

TAs who complete the above registration will receive access to the TA Orientation training site in Canvas.

The Canvas training site consists of the following:

  • Opening Plenary Session (asynchronous): The opening plenary session is pre-recorded and available asynchronously. The session discusses a variety of teaching-related issues, including supporting inclusivity and diversity, academic ethics, disabilities, academic support, and suggestions to help you become an effective teacher. It is mandatory that you view the plenary session in its entirety but you may do so at your own convenience (please aim to view by the start of the semester).  You will retain access to the training site throughout the semester.
  • Teaching Topic Sessions (asynchronous): A series of breakout sessions on various pedagogical topics are pre-recorded by Homewood faculty and staff which are available to view asynchronously. These sessions are optional but recommended and can be viewed at your own convenience.
  • Teaching Assistant Manual and other resources: The Teaching Assistant Manual is available for download—along with additional links to helpful resources. The manual lists general teaching resources available at Hopkins – e.g., TA-specific services offered by the library, services offered to students with disabilities, faculty responsibilities in working with such students, etc.
  • Short check for understanding quiz: TAs that complete the quiz and earn 70% or higher recieve a certificate of completion for the training. 

Unfortunately, for several reasons we must cancel the optional in-person portion of the TA Orientation Training that was planned for January 18th.  The online Canvas training portion is still required.  

Alternatively, we are offering the following for your consideration:

  1. Drop-in to the Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation (where to find us) anytime, but especially between 9 AM – 12 PM on Thursday, January 18th.  We always have coffee and tea available, and some light snacks will be offered.  Several of our teaching support staff will be on hand to answer your questions.
  2. Schedule an individual consultation session with Teaching Support Specialist, Allon Brann (allon@jhu.edu).  If you have Canvas questions, please reach out directly to Beth Hals, (ehals1@jh.edu).
  3. Finally, we welcome you to attend our many training workshops offered throughout the semester.  You can see the upcoming schedule and register at this link.


We wish to acknowledge the internal team from the Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation that makes this training possible:

  • Allon Brann, Teacher Support Specialist
  • Kelly Clark, Director, Teaching Academy
  • Caroline Egan, Program Manager 
  • Beth Hals, Sr. Instructional Technologist
  • Haley Knapp, Events Coordinator
  • Yvonne Moore-Jones, Program Coordinator
  • Michael J. Reese, Jr., Associate Dean and Director
  • Richard Shingles, Curriculum Design Specialist

For more information on the Teaching Academy program at Johns Hopkins University and other resources for graduate students and post-docs interested in teaching, please visit: https://ctei.jhu.edu/teaching-academy