Part-Time Graduate Teaching Assistant needed for online Global Learning Experience course.

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August 19th, 2014

Online Teaching Assistant – Global Learning Experience

Boston University Global Programs and Study Abroad seek to hire a part-time Graduate Teaching Assistant to assist with the delivery of a newly developed one-credit online course designed to support and enhance the undergraduate study abroad experience. The course is not an exploration of a discipline. Rather it is meant to challenge students to explore cultural differences and culture’s role in shaping beliefs and practices.

A ten-month position beginning in August 2014. MA and previous university-level teaching experience required. Applicants currently enrolled in a graduate degree program will be considered. The Teaching Assistant will have significant cross-cultural experience and excellent communication skills with the ability to articulate study abroad’s role in an undergraduate’s education.


  • Assist the current course development team – including BU Study Abroad faculty and administrators, the course instructor and the instructional designer with to finalize course design and planning.
  • Assist the Instructional Designer and course instructor with building the course in the edX Platform.
  • Assist course instructor with pre-course planning and other miscellaneous projects.
  • Obtain texts and materials needed for course and prepare presentations for online content
  • Assist with preparation of online assignments.
  • Assist with development of course plans and maintain regular communication with course instructor and other TAs, if any.
  • Prepare visual aids, answer keys, supplementary notes.
  • Assist with online instruction; deliver lectures as requested. lead and facilitate online discussions and guided reflections, respond to student posts, and assist with the evaluation of student work.
  • Tutor and mentor students.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Course Description:
Title: The Global Learning Experience
Each year more students include a global learning experience as part of their undergraduate education. To ensure that this experience is not an isolated event in their academic and personal lives, BU Global Programs will develop an on-line course that integrates the undergraduate study abroad experience into a preparatory and reflective framework. The purpose of the project is to enhance global knowledge and awareness, improve cross-cultural communication skills, and further cultivate an overall openness towards different cultures and traditions. The format of the course involves three phases: preparation, experience, and reflection. With the aid of technology, students will engage in an intellectual and self-reflective dialogue before, during and after their international experience. The content created for this program and the application of technology will be easily transferable to broader global learning initiatives for all students, whether they are undergraduate or graduate students going abroad or international students and transfer students coming to BU. This effort ideally would increase learning opportunities for the entire BU community.To submit your application and for further information on the assignment, contact Debra Terzian,
Director, Academic Affairs, BU Study Abroad at 3-6410 or