CDTC11002 | Early Career Academics
Teaching Assistants Programme (TAP)
For NUS Student For NUS Staff
Credit Hours: 0.00
Fee: Free
No Available Class

As part of the University's commitment to excellence in teaching, CDTL conducts a formal training programme for Teaching Assistants (TAs). The Teaching Assistants' Programme (TAP) aims to enhance TAs' knowledge and skills in facilitating collaborative learning in the classrooms. In particular, these hands-on sessions focus on planning and designing peer-to-peer learning that engages students to participate actively during labs/tutorials to improve their learning. We also aim to develop in our participants a growth mindset that builds on incremental theories of one’s intelligence.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The following are the goals we hope participants would be able to achieve by the end of the programme:

  • develop a student-centred view of teaching assistantship through a deeper understanding of purposes, roles and responsibilities
  • explore the 7 principles of student learning (Ambrose, et al., 2010)
  • articulate and write learning outcomes
  • identify and use collaboration scripts (Kollar, Fischer and Hesse, 2006) in lesson design
  • discuss, plan, design and enact an active learning lesson through micro-teaching 

Ambrose, S. A., Bridges, M. W., DiPietro, M., Lovett, M. C., & Norman, M. K. (2010). How learning works: 7 research-based principles for smart teaching. San Francisco: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Kollar, I., Fischer, F., & Hesse, F. (2006). Collaboration Scripts: A Conceptual Analysis. Educational Psychology Review, 18(2), 159-185.



Alan SOONG, Associate Director, CDTL
Mark GAN, Associate Director, CDTL
Jeanette CHOY, Senior Education Specialist, CDTL


Offered by the Centre for Development of Teaching & Learning (CDTL)