Engineering IA Teaching Orientation

New Spring/Summer 2022 Engineering Instructional Aides (IAs) are REQUIRED to fulfill teaching orientation requirements.

The Engineering IA Teaching Orientation (EIATO) will be an online offering that is separated into 2 parts.

Part 1 of EIATO is in a Canvas course available to new IAs starting May 2, 2022. This part will contain the following required modules:

      • Overview of Teaching in the College of Engineering
        • Teaching Policies
      • Best Practices for Teaching & Learning
        • Introduction to the Science of Learning
        • Inclusive & Equitable Teaching
        • Effective Lesson Planning
        • Teaching Engineering Primer
        • Teaching with Technology
      • Resources

Part 2 of EIATO will consist of participation in a Midterm Student Feedback (MSF) session. The MSF is a three-step, confidential process where you work with an Engineering Teaching Consultant (ETC) to gather student feedback. Please request your MSF as soon as possible, to get it scheduled.

For questions about requirements, please email Any new IA who does not complete the training requirements will not be allowed to serve as a College of Engineering IA in future terms.

Spr/Sum 2022 Orientation Details


  • Spring IAs: Part 1 is due by May 11 and Part 2 is due by June 10
  • Summer IAs: Part 1 is due by June 28 and Part 2 is due by August 2

Time: Part 1 is asynchronous; Part 2 is at times selected by the IA

Location: Part 1 is an online Canvas course; Part 2 is via Zoom and/or in-person

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where is EIATO located?

A: Engineering IA Teaching Orientation is held online, within a virtual Canvas course.

Q: Am I required to attend EIATO?

A: All new College of Engineering IAs are required to attend EIATO. Any new IA who does not complete the training requirements will not be allowed to serve as a College of Engineering IA in future terms. Returning College of Engineering IAs who have already attended orientation do not need to attend.

Q: How do I access the Canvas course?

A: In order to gain access to the Canvas course when it opens, please make sure your appointment is confirmed with your department. If you do not get an invite to the Canvas course by the start of the semester, please email

Q: How can I receive accommodations?

A: If you would benefit from accommodations, please let us know by emailing We will do our best to provide appropriate accommodations in order to facilitate full participation in the orientation. See the Michigan Services for Students with Disabilities website for more guidance.

Q: What tools will I need?

A: Before you begin, please make sure you have:

  • An internet connection capable of streaming video clips (for some, but not all, modules).
  • Writing materials: You may choose to write out your reflections in a journal or notebook, type them on a computer or mobile device, or record yourself speaking aloud. Whatever the method, we strongly encourage you to actually record your thoughts when doing the reflections and activities, as this will help you develop your thinking as you work through the modules at your own pace. You may find your notes especially helpful to reference as you plan for your upcoming course, discussion section, or lab.
  • The syllabus and any other information you have available to you about your GSI/IA role and responsibilities for your upcoming teaching appointment, as this will be a helpful reference to you as you work your way through the orientation.