2021 IUPUI TA Orientation

If you are new graduate student teaching assistant or an undergraduate or graduate classroom assistant...

Join us for the 2021 IUPUI TA Orientation

  • Learn about the expectations and responsibilities associated with your specific teaching role in an online and face-to-face class.

  • Develop strategies to confidently and effectively interact with faculty and undergraduate students.

  • Meet and build relationships with other new and experienced TAs at IUPUI.

The 2021 TA Orientation will consist of virtual Zoom sessions and an online Canvas course. You must attend the virtual Zoom sessions and complete the online modules in order to successfully complete TA orientation. 

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Hybrid TA Orientation

Virtual Zoom Sessions

The virtual Zoom sessions, led by experienced TAs and faculty members, feature a combination of whole group sessions that focus on strategies for leveraging student diversity and breakout sessions which address topics and challenges specific to undergraduate and graduate classroom assistants, lab instructors, and graders. 

The Zoom sessions were held on Thursday, August 19 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Register for Zoom sessions 

Online Canvas Course

The online Canvas Course, "IUPUI policies, procedures, and resources for graduate students," introduces graduate students to policies, procedures, and campus resources relevant to their teaching roles. The online course also features additional modules on using the university library and being an international TA. 

Enroll yourself in the Canvas course

Frequently Asked Questions

  • New and current IUPUI graduate students with first-time teaching responsibilities during fall, spring, or summer semesters of the current academic year are encouraged to attend the TA Orientation. Teaching responsibilities can include being primary instructors, recitation leaders, lab instructors, or graders. Note: Some departments require first-time TAs to attend the orientation. 
  • Undergraduate and graduate classroom assistants who will be supporting instructors.

Registration requires using IU username and password through the CAS login system. Please have Two-Step Login (Duo) set-up for your IU account to successfully login to the CAS system and access the registration page. 

If you are required to attend the TA Orientation, your registration and attendance record will be shared with your program cooordinators as necessary. 

The TA Orientation is offered during the start of the current academic year. The session is held on the Thursday before the fall semester classes begin. Note: Academic year starts in the fall semester and ends with the summer semester.

The virtual Zoom session will be held on Thursday, August 19 from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. You can self-enroll in the the Online Canvas course. 

Graduate students expecting to be first-time TAs in the fall, spring, or summer semester of the current academic year are encouraged to attend the TA Orientation. If the TA Orientation is mandatory in your department, please check with your program coordinator to confirm if you need to attend it. If you are unsure about your role, please contact the organizers to determine which breakout session is best suited for you. 

PowerPoint presentations and recordings of select sessions from the TA Orientation will be made available in the Canvas course after the event. This information will also be shared through a post-event email sent to all attendees. This post-event email can be submitted as proof of attendance to program coordinators in departments that require mandatory attendance of the orientation.

Graduate students who miss the TA Orientation will have to discuss next steps with their respective departments. Apart from providing online resources from the TA Orientation, the CTL does not conduct make-up orientations.

We do not offer a TA Orientation during the spring or summer semesters. Graduate students anticipating to be first-time TAs later in the year can attend the TA Orientation in fall.

For more information, contact:

Anusha Rao, Ph.D.
Assistant Director
IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning
Office: 317-278-0589

Jessica Alexander, Ph.D.
Instructional Consultant
IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning
Office: 317-278-0585

Kimmaree Murday, Ph.D.
Instructional Consultant
IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning
Office: 317-278-3650


IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning
Office: 317-274-1300


The CTL's Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Teaching Development program provides ongoing support for graduate students and postdocs to continue developing their teaching skills.

If you were unable to attend the virtual sessions or you would like to access the resources and recordings, please click the buttons below.

View the Zoom Session Recordings

Download the 2021 TA Orientation Resources