EOSC 516 · Teaching and Learning in Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.

Course Availability & Schedule

Learning Goals

By the end of this course the participants will be able to:

  • Effectively evaluate peers and provide constructive feedback
  • Create an environment conducive to learning for diverse groups of students
  • Develop strategies for fostering student inquiry and independent learning in Earth and Ocean Sciences while meeting students’ need for support
  • Formulate learning objectives for TA-led activities in Earth and Ocean Science courses
  • Engage in critical reflection on one’s own teaching practice
  • Design and implement mini-lessons and lab assignments for Earth and Ocean Science courses using the frameworks provided in the course


T. Holland

Graduate student peer instructors


Download a copy of the excellent TA manual called "University Teaching and Learning: An Instructional Resource Guide for Teaching Assistants" at  http://wiki.ubc.ca/images/3/3d/Ta-handbook.pdf .

Course Content

Subjects will include:

  • facilitation,
  • marking and the use of rubrics,
  • lesson planning,
  • learning goals and Bloom’s taxonomy,

and a general orientation to the world of TAing including, among other topics:

  • communication with course instructors,
  • maintaining professional relationships with students,
  • plagiarism and cheating.

This course is 2 credits and is evaluated with pass/fail.
The main components of evaluation are: Attendance and participation; Completion of three practice or “mini” lessons; And a lab redesign project.