In-Service Teaching Assistant Training (InsTAT) for Engineering and Computer Science Graduate Students in Hong Kong : A Blended-Learning Approach

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)peer-review

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Author(s)

  • Kai-Pan Mark
  • Dimple R. Thadani
  • David Santandreu Calonge
  • Cecilia F.K. Pun
  • P.H. Patrio Chiu

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Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProgram - 41st Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
Subtitle of host publicationCelebrating 41 Years of Monumental Innovations from Around the World
PublisherIEEE
ISBN (Print)978-1-61284-469-5, 978-1-61284-468-8
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011

Publication series

NameFrontiers in Education Conference
PublisherIEEE
ISSN (Print)0190-5848

Conference

Title41st Annual Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE)
PlaceUnited States
CityRapid City
Period12 - 15 October 2011

Abstract

In-service teaching assistant (TA) training often receives relatively limited attention from university decision makers when compared to the plethora of courses designed for junior faculty (i.e., peer-to-peer mentoring or 'buddy' system) in tertiary institutions around the world. In Hong Kong, as in many other parts of the world, TAs serve in different capacities to provide front-line teaching and learning support in the university, despite their insufficient experience in using active learning strategies or grading students' assignments. Major challenges faced by new TAs, especially non-local graduates (as many of City University of Hong Kong's (CityU) graduate research students are originally from the Chinese Mainland), include the relative absence of teaching experience, the difficulty to switch from a teacher-centered approach to a student-centered approach, the adoption of English as the medium of instruction (EMI), and role transformation. This paper presents an innovative approach in providing a compulsory In-service Teaching Assistant Training (InsTAT) course for all graduate research students at CityU before undertaking any teaching-related duties: it includes an unconventional but effective multi-directional engagement team teaching approach with the extensive support of e-learning technologies throughout the course. Comments and feedback data show that students found the course very engaging, useful, and innovative.

Research Area(s)

  • Teaching Assistant training, multi-directional engagement team teaching, e-learning, outcome based teaching and learning

Citation Format(s)

In-Service Teaching Assistant Training (InsTAT) for Engineering and Computer Science Graduate Students in Hong Kong : A Blended-Learning Approach. / Mark, Kai-Pan; Thadani, Dimple R.; Santandreu Calonge, David; Pun, Cecilia F.K.; Chiu, P.H. Patrio.

Program - 41st Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE: Celebrating 41 Years of Monumental Innovations from Around the World. IEEE, 2011. F2E (Frontiers in Education Conference).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)peer-review