Resources for Teaching Fellows and Course Assistants
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) is excited to have you serve as a Teaching Fellow (TF) or Course Assistant (CA) this academic year. We have compiled a multitude of resources in this handbook to guide you in your work both inside and outside the Brandeis classroom. Please take the time to review the information presented here and do not hesitate to contact GSAS should you have any questions.
New this academic year, GSAS, the Graduate Student Affairs office, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Brandeis Counseling Center, and Experiential Learning have collaborated to sponsor several workshops. The format and topics of the sessions vary widely. Some focus on teaching in specific disciplines, some on aspects of your professional or academic development, and some on technology and its applicability to teaching. All workshops are announced to students through the GSAS enewsletter, Highlights, and also through email.
LTS offers comprehensive library and technology support to the Brandeis community. TF/CAs can expect to work with LTS staff in a variety of ways, including: scheduling research or technology group instruction sessions, individual research or technology consultations, training and assistance with the Learning and Teaching Technology Environment (i.e. LATTE), creating multimedia presentations, and reserving technologyenhanced classrooms and media equipment.
If you have questions about LTS services, collections, or resources, visit or contact the Information & Borrowing desk at Goldfarb Library, level 1, or call 781-736-4670.
Course Reserves are books, videos, and CDs that are set aside to support your students' course work and instruction. LTS encourages you to place all required course materials on reserve to ensure that these high demand items are available to all of your students. More information: http://guides.library.brandeis.edu/reserves, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 6-4630.
You can place reserve requests online here: http://guides.library.brandeis.edu/reserves or at the Information & Borrowing desk in the library.
- Electronic course materials can be made available through LATTE. You can use LATTE to share readings, e-books, videos, and other media. LATTE can also offer advanced content like quizzes, timed-release content, and polling. Visit http://latte.brandeis.edu for more information.
- You can add films from the Brandeis film collection to LATTE. For more information, visit http://guides.library.brandeis.edu/reserves/lattevideos.
- For questions about course materials on LATTE, contact email@example.com or call x6-LTTE.
The English Language Programs office provides university funded one-on-one tutorials in writing and oral skills to undergraduates and GSAS students throughout the academic year. If a student needs help with English language proficiency to succeed in your classroom, please contact Vinodini Murugesan at x68398 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teaching Fellows who find that their current level of English language skills inhibits their performance in the classroom or lab should contact us as well. Professional assistance is available to develop fluency and improve pronunciation. Any TF who wishes to familiarize themselves with the cultural aspects of teaching in an American classroom is also welcome to contact ELP.