Information and resources to support Teaching Assistants with instructional continuity in times of face-to-face disruption.
XCITE Graduate Support Office Hours.
The time slots below are available to best accommodate your schedule.
January 5 - March 9
XCITE offers weekly office hours for Graduate TAs who would like guidance and support.
TAing Effectively During Campus Disruption: Know Your Options (Video Presentation) (PDF download) Objectives: Learn about resources to ensure smooth conduct of Winter '20 finals, prepare for Spring '20 online teaching, run your classes and office hours online, and conduct assessments.
TAing Effectively During Campus Disruption: Applying Resources and Troubleshooting (Video Presentation)(PDF download) Objectives: How to apply resources to run your class live with Zoom, pre-record your lectures, and teach without the video component.
TA Panel Discussion: Hybrid and Online Support (Video embedded below)
Online Teaching Triage with Madeleine St. Marie (Youtube Video
How to Make Smart Choices About Tech for Your Course (The Chronicle of Higher Education Article)
Videoconferencing Alternatives: How Low-Bandwidth Teaching Will Save us All (Center for Teaching and Learning at DePaul University Article)
TA Communications With Students Online Webinar Led by Professory Thomas Underhill (Webinar, Presents two tools: Miro (Website) and Calendly (Website))
Advice on Best Practices
How to Be a Better Online Teacher Advice Guide
(The Chronicle of Higher Education Article)
Advice for College Teachers Moving Online Quickly
9 Resources for When Coronavirus Moves Your Course Online
(Campus Technology Article)
YuJa for TAs
Yuja for TAs is a series of self-guided education PowerPoints.
Yuja for TAs: Lesson One -- Introduction to Yuja
Yuja for TAs: Lesson Two -- Integrating Yuja with iLearn, Media Storage, Captions, and Embedding Media
Yuja for TAs: Lesson Three -- Discussion Sessions and Labs, Creating and Editing Videos, and Sharing Yuja Content
Yuja for TAs: Lesson Four -- Exam Proctoring and Video Quizzes
Wacom Intuos Notation Training
You can use a Wacom tablet to make notations during a zoom session. To learn more about the tablet settings for notation, please view the zoom notation video.
Zoom Resources (Synchronous Teaching)
Offer Synchronous Lectures or Virtual Office Hours
(UCR XCITE Webpage)
Pre Record Lecture Videos
(UCR XCITE Webpage)
UCR Zoom Resources
(UCR PDF with links to Zoom tutorials)
Zoom Start-up Materials from the University of San Francisco
(Google Drive of University of San Francisco Materials)
Contact Zoom Support
Zoom Support Hotline: 1-888-799-9666 ext 2
iLearn Resources (Asynchronous Teaching)
Foster Communication and Collaboration Among Students
(UCR XCITE Webpage)
Assess Student Learning in iLearn
Edit Tests and Questions
iLearn Test Availability Exceptions
Run Lab Activities
(UCR XCITE Webpage)
Remote Lab Activities and Experiences
Virtual Biology Labs with Robert Desharnais, CSULA & CSU Virtual Labs
(Video embedded below)
How to Quickly and Safely Move a Lab Course Online
(The Chronical of Higher Education Article)
Resources for Teaching Labs as Digital/Online (by Tiny Earth)
(University of Wisconsin-Madison Google Doc Resources)
(Website, Provider of Higher-Ed Lab Experiences for Distance Learners)
Online Lab Resources
(Google Spreadsheet of 150+ Virtual Labs and Simulations)
Proctoring Exams via Zoom
All UCR students have a Basic Zoom account by default, and you can sign into your account through the UCR Zoom site with your NetID and password. Your free, Basic account allows up to 300 participants in video conferences of up to forty minutes in duration, although one-on-one meetings with a Basic account do not have a time limit. A Zoom Pro account allows video conferencing of up to 24 hours at a time, with up to 300 participants. *If you are expecting to proctor an exam via Zoom, be sure to request a Zoom Pro license to hold sessions longer than 40 minutes in duration.
This is an example of what a Zoom Pro Software Request might look like:
To know if your account is a Zoom Basic or Pro account, go to your account profile page and look below your picture to identify the “User Type.” If it says “Licensed,” then you have a Pro account:
Accessibility in Online Instruction, National Deaf Center
(National Deaf Center Website)
About Universal Design for Learning, CAST.org
(Center for Applied Special Technology Website)
Accessibility in Online Courses and Materials: Applying Universal Design for Learning
(YouTube Video by UNC Greensboro Online Learning Librarian)
Engaging with UDL: Using UDL to Facilitate Student Engagement in the University Classroom
(YouTube Video about Universal Design for Learning)
Teaching Assistant Development Program Resources
(UCR TADP Collection of Resources)
USDLA Instructional Media Selection Guide for Distance Learning, 2nd Edition
(United States Distance Learning Association Downloadable PDF Guide)
UDL (Universal Design) MCIU Partnership Resources
(Website With a Collection of Resources)
College STAR: Supporting Transition Access and Retention Instructional Supports
(College Supporting Transition Access and Retention Website)
Promoting Universal Design for Learning through College STAR Resources
(YouTube Video by College Supporting Transition Access and Retention)
To request assistance with any problems or issues, submit a support request. Choose the Category option for "Remote Teaching during Campus Emergency" and then describe your issue/question.
Please join us in the TA Virtual Lounge and drop in on the Teaching Assistant Development Program (TADP) staff's office hours.
XCITE TA Virtual Lounge: Tuesdays 3-4pm
TADP Office Hours: https://gsrc.ucr.edu/grad-
- Antara Chakravarty, TADP Lead Consultant (STEM & International Students): Mondays 11am-12pm
- Kyla Rankin, UTC Coordinator (Social Sciences): Tuesdays 3-4pm
- Sarah Murray, TADP Coordinator (Humanities and Social Sciences): Wednesdays 10-11am
NOTE: It is a good idea for TAs to download student email addresses (in case the instructor needs to communicate with students outside iLearn). To access student email addresses follow these the step-by-step instructions.
XCITE, ITS and the Grad Division have partnered to support a tablet checkout program for TAs. A limited number of Wacom Intuos tablets are available for checkout by completing this form: https://form.jotform.com/
ITS is supporting the Loan2Learn program that makes laptops and other devices available to students that demonstrate a need. Please visit https://its.ucr.edu/loan2learn for more information.