Teaching Assistant Preparation Program

Teaching Assistant Preparation Program (TAPP)

Teaching in higher education can be a challenging endeavor that requires preparation and support. To assist with this transition for new scholars, the Teaching Preparation Program was designed to provide a laddering on which graduate students and post-doctoral scholars can develop their teaching capacity.

Throughout the three levels of the program, participants are encouraged to develop a teaching dossier, recording key aspects of their teaching capacity-building process, as well as evidence of teaching practice. Suggested items for inclusion in the portfolio include, but are not limited to, TAPP passport reflections, class observation reports, lesson plans, and other artifacts.

For more information or to join the program, please contact:

Teaching and Learning Facilitator at tandl@ucalgary.ca


Participants have a choice to attend learning opportunities from the list below and the options available from the Taylor Institute to create their unique learning experience. Participants will share their reflections on the sessions they attend through the  recorded in a program passport: a document where instructors confirm participation at each event, and TAs have a space to write a brief reflective statement about what was learned during that event. Graduate students interested in obtaining the certificate are required to attend a minimum of eight (8) workshops (i.e. a minimum of 4 WSE and 4 Taylor Institute workshops) during Fall 2021 and Winter 2022.  TAPP 1 participants are also warmly invited to join any of the Zoom and D2L coaching sessions that the Office of Teaching and Learning offers throughout the semester.

Date Event Time

September 8, 2021 TAPP Orientation 12:00 to 1:00 pm

September 15, 2021 Academic Integrity 12:00 to 1:00 pm

October 6, 2021 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion 12:00 to 1:00 pm

October 20, 2021 Online Communication 12:00 to 1:00 pm

November 3, 2021 Responding to Students in Distress 12:00 to 1:00 pm

December 1, 2021 Reflective Practice to Inform Teaching 12:00 to 1:00 pm

January 12, 2022 Instructor Assessment to Inform Teaching Practice 12:00 to 1:00 pm

February 2, 2022 Student Accessibility and Accommodation  12:00 to 1:00 pm

March 2, 2022 Grading and Debriefing 12:00 to 1:00 pm

April 6, 2022 TAPP Celebration 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Note: These dates and topics are subject to change. Consult the Taylor Institute registration page for current list of learning opportunities. Additional learning opportunities that are added to the calendar at Werklund School of Education can also be eligible for credit toward completion of the TAPP 1 Certificate.

Also you are encouraged to complete the certificate requirements by April 1, 2022 to have your TAPP 1 completion noted on your resume prior to the hiring of TAs for the following academic year.

Participants in the TAPP Program are required to attend four sessions hosted by the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning. A list of events is available at the Taylor Institute website.

All participants in the TAPP program will do two class observations, preferably one classroom session and one online session.  During these observations they are encouraged to take notes on the instructor's practice in the classroom and reflect on what they would integrate into their own practice and other observations about what occurred during the class.


TAPP 1 graduates, along with other graduate students who are now engaged in TA work will form a community of practice.  The purpose is to create a teaching and learning network to support the practice of being a teaching assistant in the WSE. Three meetings per semester during the graduate TA assignment will be facilitated by the Office of Teaching and Learning. Readings may accompany each meeting as a form of expanding the topic addressed.  Meetings will occur on the third Wednesday of each month.

We will begin meeting virtually September 22, 2021.


Former TAPP graduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral scholars have an opportunity to continue developing their teaching capacity by participating in a peer mentoring on teaching or teaching triangles-squares initiative. The focus of this initiative is to provide graduate students and post-doctoral scholars with facilitated support for scaffolding their teaching.