Graduate Teaching Assistant Program

Michigan State University is committed to partnering with graduate programs, faculty and the Graduate Employees Union to provide a wide variety of professional development experiences in support of all MSU graduate teaching assistants (GTAs). This effort is particularly crucial because it is the graduate teaching assistants at Michigan State that often provide undergraduate students with their first exposure to core courses in a wide variety of disciplines. As such, graduate teaching assistants play a crucial role in Michigan State University’s efforts to ensure academic success among the institution’s undergraduate population.

GTA Email Communication

Once you are a GTA or International GTA you will automatically be added to the GTA email list and periodically receive updates about ongoing professional development opportunities.

Professional Development Opportunities for Graduate Teaching Assistants

Professional development opportunities for Graduate Teaching Assistants have been organized with your GTA experience in mind. Opportunities include August orientation programs (New GTA Institute and International GTA Orientation) as well as some additional events. You can find the previous year's information about the two August orientation programs within both "First-Time GTA" sections and information about additional events in all three sections as relevant. Whether you are a first time GTA (domestic or international) or a returning GTA, we have events you will want to attend!

Please contact Dr. Stefanie Baier at with any questions regarding the Graduate Teaching Assistant Program.

Teaching Professional Development Workshops/Sessions Offered by Different Units in September 2021

Academic Integrity Promotion and Prevention

1. Promotion and Prevention 1.0: Exploring the Nuances in Academic Integrity in the Classroom (September 17, 2021 (in person), 114 Bessey Hall @ Noon OR September 24, 2021 (virtual) @ Noon)

In this presentation, instructors will have the opportunity to learn key strategies in discussing the importance of academic integrity, as well as in preventing misconduct. Additionally, university policies and procedures in responding to misconduct will be explored to navigate these sometimes difficult conversations.

2. Promotion and Prevention 2.0: Understanding the Digital Landscape of Academic Integrity (October 1, 2021 (in person), 114 Bessey Hall @ Noon OR October 22, 2021 (virtual) @ Noon)

As the events of the last two years have required many instructors to move their courses to the online environment, many have paused to examine their practices around academic integrity. This presentation will explore the digital landscape of academic integrity including considerations for assessment security and echeating, as well as how university policy should be considered in these spaces.

To register for either or both events, instructors may visit: Online Survey Software | Qualtrics Survey Solutions


1.     Zoom Tools for Interaction and Engagement (Thursday Sept 2nd, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET | Presenter: Natalie Vandepol)

This interactive demonstration workshop will cover enabling and using the whiteboard, annotating shared screens, creating polls, the new focus mode, and using breakout rooms, including some recent updates to those features.

2.     D2L Quizzes (Wednesday Sept 8th, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET | Presenters: Susan Halick, Jennifer Wagner, and Natalie Vandepol)

 Detailed demonstrations of how to build an exam in the D2L Quizzes tool (question types, shuffling, sections, adding images, etc.).

3.     Creating & Editing Media in Camtasia (Thursday Sept 9th, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET | Presenters: KJ Downer-Shojgreen and Jennifer Wagner)

 This 90-minute workshop will focus on the use of Camtasia for creating and editing instructional videos, with tips for recording practices that minimize re-recording and make editing easier.

4.     Online Discussion Forums (Friday Sept 10th, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET | Presenters: Cui Cheng and Christopher Minter)

The goal of this workshop is to highlight approaches that can be used to enhance discussions while exploring the affordances and constraints for each of these tools. Register for Online Discussion Forums

5.     Spartan A11y (Tuesday Sept 14th, 10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. ET | Presenter: Kevin Henley)

Spartan A11y is a tool within D2L that provides guidance and assistance with creating accessible course materials. In this workshop, learn how to use Spartan A11y and tips to consider when employing the tool. Register for Spartan A11y

6.     D2L New Content Experience (Thursday Sep 16th, 10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. ET | Presenter: Susan Halick)

Learn how the New Content Experience (also called Lessons) improves the user interface of your D2L courses with new organization tools, color coded modules, and revamped navigation.  

Register for D2L New Content Experience


Hybrid Classrooms: Resources and Reminders

Over the summer, MSU IT worked to outfit all MSU-owned classrooms with hybrid technology to assist educators who need to instruct hybrid courses on campus. We want to make sure you are familiar with the equipment in these rooms and aware of their capabilities. These classrooms are equipped with all the equipment needed to conduct a hybrid course. HD cameras and microphone elements are now integrated into the classroom tech cart and audio system. Whether you are running a hybrid course or simply want to amplify your voice in the classroom, the microphone element ties into the classroom audio system and can carry your voice through the speakers. Training videos about the tech carts can be found at SpartansLearn.

Where can I learn more? (Check out the tech cart training videos at SpartansLearn./Learn more about Using University Hybrid Technology Classrooms at MSU./Learn more about hybrid classrooms.)

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