Fall Training for First-Time GTAs

2021 GTA Training Info

Due to the changing Pandemic Response, CSU's mandatory 2021 training for newly appointed Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) will be presented in 1) a hybrid Online/F2F version and, 2) a high-quality online, asynchronous one.

NOTE: The hybrid training is the recommended (and default) version as it will best support you in learning the material as well as in making meaningful connections with your peers.

Registration Now Open

The hybrid version will use a flipped classroom approach, providing key information in an online component that must be completed prior to joining the face-to-face (F2F) component.

For GTAs who need it, a fully online, asynchronous, facilitated version will be offered. It will open on August 9, 2021 and will include facilitated discussions with peers.

The online component of the hybrid version will open on August 2, 2021 and must be completed prior to joining the F2F component, which will be from 8:30 AM to 2 PM on Monday August 16, 2021 in the Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom.

Registrations are now closed.


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Debora Colbert
Director, Professional Development

Office: TILT, Rm 145
Email: Debora.Colbert@ColoState.edu
Phone: 970.491.2645


Orientation participants at round table discussion
Incoming GTAs at Roundtable Discussion

The goal of the GTA Training is to enhance the effectiveness of undergraduate teaching and learning at Colorado State University.

As a GTA, you will play a crucial role in our teaching mission. This training will provide you with a solid, introductory grounding in teaching practices that will enhance your effectiveness as a teacher.

Your Take-A-Ways Include:

A review of current learning and teaching Best Practices as well as basic institutional knowledge you will want to know, including the many campus resources that support effective teaching and learning.

Strategies for enhancing teaching, learning, and academic integrity, assessment of student performance, and a review of GTA responsibilities and expectations are included.


Canvas is the Learning Management System, or LMS, used by CSU and is the platform through which you will teach your courses.

This online GTA training course will appear in your Canvas dashboard. Completing it will introduce you to best practices in teaching while helping you learn how to effectively use the Canvas Learning Management System.

Watch for a notification in your CSU email account informing you that the course is available.


You will receive an email containing a link to CSU's compulsory Sexual Harassment training module:

Completion is required of all CSU employees as a condition of employment.


To ensure that you receive access to these training materials, you will need an eID.

If you have not already been assigned an eID:

please visit: eIdentity: Your CSU Electronic ID

Did You Miss the registration deadline for Online Training?

For those who did, no need to panic, you will be able to make it up in January, 2022 before the Spring Semester begins. Registration information will be forthcoming later this Fall.

If you are unable to complete the GTA Training before January, 2022, please reach out to your peer GTA’s for teaching help during the Fall Semester, as well as review the resources listed below.

Don't Forget the Virtual Fall Semester New Graduate Student Orientation

Thursday | August 19, 2021 | All Day