Undergraduate TA Training

Training Information

References in the video to “face-to-face sessions” may be interpreted as “live remote sessions” for the spring 2021 semester.


You can check your participation: look for UNIV300 on your transcript.

If you attended UTA training in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021, your training will be out of date on July 31, 2023 (at the end of the Summer 2023 term).

If you attended UTA training in Fall 2019 or Spring 2020, your training will be out of date on August 1, 2022 (at the end of the Summer 2022 term).

If you attended UTA training in Fall 2018 or Spring 2019, your training is out of date as of July 27, 2021 (at the end of the Summer 2021 term).

If you attended UTA training prior to Fall 2018, your training is out of date.  You should complete the Canvas Webinar: UNIV 300 Professional Development for Undergraduate Teaching Assistants to access updated training. You do not need to attend the Zoom session.

Welcome and Context

Congratulations on being appointed as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UTA)! This position is an exciting opportunity for you to expand your skill set, while at the same time helping your peers succeed in their courses.

Training is required by the Office of the Provost for all undergraduate students who will be serving as UTAs. This requirement applies to UTAs who will have direct or indirect interaction with students (e.g., recitations leaders, lab instructors/assistants, graders, etc). 

UTA Training is valid for a period of three years. If your training has expired or you are unsure if your prior training is still valid, contact utatraining@case.edu for additional information

Please note: if you are a dual-degree student who is enrolled in an undergraduate program of any kind, you are considered an Undergraduate TA and should follow the guidelines for UTA Training.

Please direct questions about UTA training to utatraining@case.edu.


UTA Training Process

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant training consists of the following THREE steps, all of which must be completed in order to satisfy the UTA training requirement:

STEP 1Register for UNIV 300 in the Student Information System (SIS) starting in January 2022. If you have any issues registering after add/drop, contact us: utatraining@case.edu.

STEP 2Self-enroll in and complete the UNIV 300 Professional Development for Undergraduate Teaching Assistants asynchronous webinar on Canvas within two weeks of the start of the semester in which you will start your TA duties. Students registered for the course will be able to search for it on Canvas starting December 1, 2021. If you cannot locate the course use this link to self enroll. If you have any problems, contact utatraining@case.edu

STEP 3: Register for and complete a synchronous Zoom seminar in which the principles covered in the webinar will be unpacked in more detail through discussion and active learning exercises. Use this form to register for the Zoom session. All UTAs must register in advance for the in-person training seminar. Registering for UNIV 300 or the webinar does not register you for the in-person training seminar.   


The UTA training seminar will concentrate on two main areas:
  1. Inclusion Training. This will involve preparing students to create a welcoming environment for all students at CWRU. This includes working through scenarios or difficult moments that UTAs may face in the classroom.

  2. Assessment and Academic Integrity. We will familiarize UTAs with best practices in assessment of student work, as well as academic integrity practices and policy. This will include engaging with potential academic integrity scenarios and discussing how best to handle them. We will also provide some instruction regarding assignment planning and classroom management to UTAs who have those duties.

If you have questions about your UTA role(s), contact your department for clarification.

If you have additional questions, contact us: utatraining@case.edu.