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Online Teaching Supports for GAs and TAs

The following have been provided by the GATA Network, to assist faculty members and assistants:

Supports for GAs and TAs as they transition to support online teaching:

Virtual Drop-in

The GATA Network is hosting virtual drop-in office hours to help support GAs/TAs in their transition to supporting online teaching. Drop-in office hours are currently on-going and will occur until the end of the Summer Session. New office hours after the Summer Session will be posted with advanced notice.

Office hours through Intersession/Summer will occur  Monday through Friday from 11:30am-12:30pm and 4:00pm-5:00pm

  • Note: Any changes to office hour dates/times will be announced on the GATA Network Blackboard site.
  • Access to these virtual office hours through BlackBoard Collaborate at this link:
  • After selecting the link, participants simply need to  select ‘join room’.

Individual Meetings

We are also happy to set-up individual meetings for those who cannot attend the pre-set office hours. To set-up an individual meeting,​or a meeting with yourself and your GATA supervisor, please email the GATA Network Coordinators, Laura Chittle ( or Elizabeth Ismail ( or In your email, please include a brief description of the questions that you have to ensure we can best support you.

Departmental Workshops

The GATA Network is also willing to hold departmental workshops designed to cater to the questions and needs within departments and Faculties. To coordinate an online workshop, please contact Laura Chittle and Elizabeth Ismail ( or

Additional Supports Available to GA/TAs and Instructors

Sprint Sessions in the Bb Café Virtual Classroom
Stop by for a half-hour (or slightly more) sprint sessions in the Bb Café Virtual Café to see demonstrations of various Blackboard tools or dive deeper into a hot topic. Quick informal sessions to help get you back into your day with a little more insight.
The schedule for these sessions are available here:

Teaching in a Blackboard Learning Environment Self-paced course (TBLEUTC-O-S19-01)
Schedule: Self-paced, online
Teaching in a Blackboard Learning Environment – TBLE (Online) will introduce current or future instructors to the essential components of a well-designed and implemented Blackboard course site experience for their students. This is an online course with lessons and activities that provide you with the experience of being both an instructor and a student in an online environment.

Other Blackboard Online Courses Available Self-paced
If you like to work at your own pace online and want to learn more about using Blackboard, register for one or more free online courses at you are interested in using Blackboard to provide basic communications, some online assessments, and grading components, we encourage you to register for the following sequence of courses:

  1. Getting Started
  2.  Assessing Learners
  3.  Monitoring Student Performance

Online Resources

CTL, OOL, and ITS have developed resources, workshops and online training to support instructors in teaching and learning amidst the COVID-19 preparations:

Getting started:
Targeted instructions: Academic Continuity During Unplanned Course Interruptions;
Regularly updated support: COVID-19 Preparedness Workshops, Drop-ins and Consultations.

Introduction to Teaching Online

OOL is offering a pragmatic online course preparing instructors to take their courses online. The course has a mix of live online classes and self-paced activities with the goal of building a framework and several elements of the course by the end of the week. Throughout the week, participants will have access to help from the Open Learning facilitators, and resources to help them build communication strategies, learning activities, and assessments for their online summer course. Multiple offerings of this course at different times will be available to fit your needs.

You can contact the GATA Network Team at For more information, consult the GATA Network website. The Team is happy to discuss opportunities and events for your GAs and TAs