Programme for Teaching Assistants ("hjælpelærere") at DTU

The course is mandatory for Teaching assistants (TAs) who participate in supervision of students working with group exercises, individual exercises, project assignments, lab exercises etc. in DTU courses. 
   
 

Aim
In general, the course aims at increasing the participants’ abilities to support the students’ learning process during their work with exercises, assignments and projects.

 

Please note: This course is for B.Eng., B.Sc., and M.Sc. students who are prospective TA's.
The course is not intended for PhD students.
PhD students should take our Teaching Lab course instead.

Read more about Teaching Lab here

After active participation in the course the participants will be able to:

  • Describe the role of the TA in relation to facilitating the students’ learningSelect and use appropriate forms of communication with the students
  • Support the students’ learning process by supervision during assignments, exercises, and project work
  • Identify methods to tackle challenges for the TAs – such as time management, unprepared students, and situations where the TA does not have an immediate answer

Content
The teaching assistants’ roles and functions
What is good supervision?
Methods for active listening and questioning techniques 
The TA toolbox – how to tackle various challenging situations
Peer supervision (between TAs)

Form
The programme contains the following elements:

  • A course day before the start of the semester – with a combination of presentations and discussions in plenum, group discussions and presentations, and exercises
  • A meeting with the teacher who is responsible for the course where the TA assists
  • Peer supervision between TAs during the semester. Appointments are made by the participants
  • A follow-up meeting (2 hours) in the middle of the semester – with discussions of experiences and enhancement of the TA toolbox

Time and place
Before the start of the Autumn semester 2022, the introductory days will take place

  • 17 August, 2022 from 9am to 2pm - online. The course is taught in English - register here
  • 25 August, 2022 from 9am to 2pm at Campus Lyngby. The course is taught in English - register here

Please register for one of these days.

The dates for the follow-up meetings in Zoom of 2 hours will be announced later

Practical information
Course diplomas will only be issued to participants who follow the entire programme and participate in and complete all the required activities and tasks.
Each participant will receive six hours of salary for participation in the Introduction Day. After participating in the Follow-up Meeting, and receiving a diploma for completion of the course, participants are eligible for two further hours of salary.

Course leader
Tina E. Bahrenscheer (tien@llab.dtu.dk), LearningLab DTU