The tutor/teaching assistant training and development online course is a digital training platform where tutors/teaching assistants are enrolled to acquire basic teaching and classroom management knowledge.

Access to the Online Training Course

  1. TTD course link: https://moodle.ukzn.ac.za/course/view.php?id=19790;
  2. Enter your LAN username and password, you will be redirected to the course enrolment page.

  1. Enter course enrolment key = TTD2020, and click “Enrol me”.
  2. Tutor can begin the course.

Online Training Portal - Tools 

The landing page of the platform presents tutors with different tools that will assist them in completing the online course. These tools are: 

  • TTD Course Material: This is a digital study guide and assessment module. Tutors are to read the course contents and attempt the assessments to complete the course. 
  • TTD Course Material – PDF: This folder contains the PDF version of the course content. 
  • TTD Announcements: This is a digital notice system. Tutors will receive notices around workshops and other events useful for their engagement as tutors.
  • TTD Feedback: Tutors are required to complete the feedback form in order to evaluate the online course.
  • TTD Discussion forum: Tutors can use this tool to engage one another on topics around teaching and learning and areas pertaining to their duties as tutors.
  • Course completion: Tutors will earn a course completion badge after completing the online course.

Course Outline and Objectives

The course content is based on eleven (11) themes, which are: Roles and Responsibilities of Tutors/TAs, institutional culture, learning styles, learning theories, assessing learning, diversity and inclusivity, technology enhanced learning, organisational management , facilitation skills, self-management.

The table below presents the course outline and objectives under the eleven themes.

S/N Section Course Objectives
 1 Roles and Responsibilities of Tutors Completing this section on Roles and Responsibilities should equip tutors with an overview of what constitutes the tutorial experience including
  1. Planning
  2. Managing consultation time
  3. Administration
  4. Assessment
  5. Running tutorials
 2 Institutional Culture Completing this section on Institutional Culture, tutors should have a clear understanding of the context, values, goals, and commitments of UKZN, especially in relation to teaching and learning.
 3 Learning Styles Completing this section on Learning Styles, tutors should be able to:
  1. Define learning styles.
  2. Identify the different learning styles.
  3. Discover strategies that can enhance the learning experiences for students with different learning styles.
  4. Identify and explore your own learning styles preferences.
 4 Learning Theories Completing this section on Learning Theories, tutors should be able to:
  1. Define a learning theory.
  2. Identify different learning theories.
  3. Understand the differences between and implications thereof of the different learning theories.
 5 Assessing Learning After completing this section on Assessing Learning, tutors should have a clear:
  1. Knowledge of what assessment means.
  2. Understanding of the importance of assessment.
  3. Familiarity with key concepts and terms associated with assessment.
  4. Awareness of the power of positive (and negative) feedback.
 6 Diversity and Inclusivity Completing this section on Diversity and Inclusivity, tutors should have a clear sense of:
  1. What each term refers to.
  2. How to promote inclusive teaching.
  3. How to respect and embrace diversity.
  4. How your own experiences and assumptions influence your teaching approaches.
 7 Technology Enhanced Learning This section on technology enhanced learning will provide tutors with the following competencies:
  1. Engage with the concept of technology enhanced learning.
  2. Gain familiarity with technologies available in university classrooms.
  3. Know where and how to seek support in resolving classroom technology issues.
  4. Become familiar with blended learning and the flipped classroom.
 8 Organisational Management After completing this section on Classroom Management, tutors should be able to:
  1. Identify major trends in the development of organisational behaviour and management thinking with respect to facilitating a Tutorial session.
  2. Contrast main features of different approaches to the organisation and management of a tutorial session.
  3. Evaluate the relevance of these different approaches to organisational management in achieving student learning.
  4. Assess the value of understanding the different approaches to organisation and management of tutorial sessions.
  9 Facilitation Skills After completing this section on Facilitation Skills, tutors should be able to demonstrate competency in understanding the principles and methods of establishing and maintaining a classroom or team environment that:
  1. Encourages participation of all group members.
  2. Facilitates safe experimentation with new ideas, attitudes, and behaviours.
  3. Enables participants to share responsibility for maintaining an atmosphere conducive to the open exchange of ideas.
  10 Self-management At the end of this section on Self-management, you should have developed an appreciation for:
  1. The importance of using your time effectively.
  2. The value of setting and achieving (realistic) goals and objectives.
  3. Decision-making that is action-directed and performance-enhancing.
  4. Taking care of yourself by recognising and taking steps toward alleviating high stress levels.

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