Topic outline

  • Welcome to the course page of Teaching assistant as a learning instructor.

    The course provides an introduction to pedagogical approaches and tools to support teaching assistants' work. We discuss important topics such as interaction, feedback, different approaches to learning, motivation and study well-being. This course is also a great opportunity to meet course assistants from all schools at Aalto University. 

    You can earn two credit points (2 ETCS) by attending all five teaching sessions and doing all the course work.

    Learning outcomes

    After the course you will:

    • be able to observe the learning environment from the learning perspective 
    • identify aspects to support students' learning process
    • recognize ways to support students' study motivation
    • identify your role as a learning instructor

    Teaching sessions

    The schedule for the course:

    1. Monday 9.10. at 12:15-16, Otakaari 5 (“A Grid”), A108b/A111a (“Mordor”)
    2. Monday 30.10. at 12:15-15, Otakaari 1, U523 (“Top Lounge”)
    3. Monday 13.11. at 12:15-15, Online (Teams / Zoom)
    4. Monday 27.11. at 12:15-15, Otakaari 1, U523 (“Top Lounge”)
    5. Monday 11.12. at 12:15-15, Otakaari 1, U401

    The course includes independent assignments between the course days.

    Course facilitators

    Heidy Tiits-Tikkanen and Erika Myllyniemi, both pedagogical specialists at Aalto University. Email: 

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