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Welcome to the Teaching in the US Learning Community!

Are you an international TA or future faculty who anticipates teaching in higher education either in the American system or in a system other than your home culture?  Then this is a place for you.                          

Join our community.  Post your questions and thoughts on the Discussion Forum. 

Check out and comment on the guest Blog.  Find Announcements of current events and links to new Resources. Take part in our new monthly Teaching in the US event series.


Articles, websites, papers and other resources on teaching in the US
  • Improve your teaching by practicing mini teaching

    Mini teaching describes the idea and practice of conducting a short lesson that lays out the objective and structure of any class that you are already or plan to teach. In other words, you are teaching a mini lesson about how you are planning to teach a class.  Read More »

  • The Honor Review Process

    The Honor Review Process:  Most colleges and universities have an honor code of pledge that all students agree to both in regards to appropriate behavior on campus, in the classroom, and with regards to academic dishonesty.  As a teacher you may encounter academic dishonesty.  Each college and university is slightly different in how it deals with these incidents of academic dishonesty.  Please go check with your local office to learn more.  In general, cheating (copying or using unauthorized sources of information) on exams or assignments, plagiariz Read More »

  • Helping students in distress

    Most college and university campuses have counselors assigned to help students with temporary and/or long-term mental health issues.  If you see students who may be in mental distress you can urge a student to seek help or typically call the counselors to ask for advice on how to deal with the student or help make an appointment for the student to see the counselor.  Students in distress typically (but not always) may have erratic behaviors, may have a significant change in behavior (such as an active talkative student stops talking and showing up for class) or may show destructiv Read More »

  • Mid-semester evaluation

    Mid-semester evaluations are a useful tool for gathering feedback from your students while there is time left in the semester to fine-tune your instruction. International TAs have found that mid-semester evaluation often have a positive impact on the course by highlighting strengths of the learning environment as well as areas where students struggle. In addition, they provide opportunities to identify and address concerns before course evaluations are administered at the end of the semester. Read More »


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