Responsibilities of a TTAC
The job of the Technology Teaching Assistant Consultant (TTAC) is to assist Teaching Assistants learn how to make the appropriate use of technology in their labs or discussion sections. This includes tutoring TAs in the specifics of various hardware and software packages as well as examining how technology might influence typical teaching issues such as motivating students, generating feedback, designing tests and assignments, and pursuing active learning strategies. In other words, TTACs help TAs to understand how technology might be used to solve common teaching problems. Additionally, the TTAC should be able to introduce TAs to other technology related programs and resources available through OID and across the UCLA Campus. To this end, TTACs are required to attend a central training seminar headed by the Campus-Wide Technology TA Coordinator during the Fall Quarter, and, under the supervision of a Faculty Advisor, adapt and teach a version of the central seminar to TAs in their own departments during the Winter or Spring Quarters. The specific requirements of these two activities are outlined below.
The Central Seminar is a 10 week long seminar lead by the Campus-Wide Technology Teaching Assistant Coordinator during the Fall Quarter. Typically, the seminar meets once a week for 2 hours. The following list outlines the requirements of TTACs for the Central Seminar.
Spring (Departmental) Seminars
Each TTAC is required to develop a version of the Central Seminar and teach it to TAs in their department during the Winter or Spring Quarters. Typically, it will be a 10 week long seminar similar to the Central Seminar, but the exact format will vary by department. The following list outlines the requirements of TTACs for the Spring Seminar.
What TTACs Should Not Be Doing
Technology TA Consultants should not be involved in activities that are not related to TA Training. For example, TTACs should not be serving as computer support personnel for a department. They are not responsible for maintaining course websites for a department. They are not responsible for upgrading and/or fixing hardware and software for a department.