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Development for International Teaching Assistants (DITA)

The Center for Teaching Excellence's Development of International Teaching Assistants is an ideal opportunity to become more comfortable teaching in a second language, gain practical teaching skills, make connections with other international teaching assistants, and identify resources to assist you in your teaching responsibilities. Two weeks prior to the beginning of each fall semester, the Center for Teaching Excellence offers the Development of International Teaching Assistants (DITA).

These workshops are designed to help international teaching assistants become more successful in their first encounters in the University of Oklahoma classroom. This program is mandated for all international teaching assistants who are new to teaching at the university by the Provost and the Dean's Council.

What can I expect from DITA?

Attendees can expect an overview of each teaching topic, active participation putting strategies into practice as well as observing and reflecting on being an international graduate teaching assistant. Workshop sessions are led by experienced international TAs representing a variety of academic disciplines.

Who Should Attend DITA?

All international graduate students in their first year as teaching assistants must attend.  International graduate teaching assistants in their 2nd year of responsibilities are invited to attend, as well as any returning/experienced international graduate teaching assistants, and any international post-docs. Please review the Graduate Assistant Handbook [PDF] and Graduate Student Handbook [PDF] for waiver requirements.


Zarrow Hall, Room 100
August 10 - 12, 2015

Download Agenda [PDF]

Monday, August 10

8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • Check-in
  • Welcome
  • Teaching at OU as an International Teaching Assistant (TA)
  • The Role of Communication in Teaching & Learning
  • Session Wrap-Up / End

Tuesday, August 11

8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • Check-in
  • Conveying Concepts to Improve Student Learning
  • Engaging Students in the Process of Learning and Teaching
  • Session Wrap-Up / End

Wednesday, August 12

8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • Check-in
  • Grading and Feedback for Effective Learning
  • Strategies and Techniques for Continual Instructional Improvement
  • Session Wrap-Up / End