This quarter I reduced the TA load significantly compared to previous in-person quarters, as detailed below. Most importantly, this quarter
- The last 4 (four) weeks of the quarter there are no in-person labs!
- When doing in-person labs, the number of sections the TAs had to be in-person was reduced from 3 to 1.5 and then to 2.25, after students couldn’t complete their labs, because there was no TA to answer their questions.
|Fall 2018||Spring 2019||Fall 2021||Notes for Fall 2021|
|Syllabus and Schedule PDF||Syllabus/|
|Sections per TA||3||3||3, 1.5,|
|number of sections per week of TA in person|
|Remote labs||0||0||1||two-week lab into one lab, remote 2h per TA over 4 weeks.|
|Number of reports to grade||8||7||7|
|Grading format||paper||paper||online||students upload their work to Gradescope|
|Weeks of in-person labs||10||8||6||For four weeks, TAs don’t set foot in the labs, |
no lab prep. time either.
|Weeks without |
|0||2||4||No in-person labs for 4 weeks.|
|Lab exam||1||1||0||No lab exam|
|Written exam||0||1 (blue book)||1 (scantron) or 0||Likely we won’t have a written exam.|
During the pandemic some instructors dropped the LCR lab, basically all Physics students went through 2CL without doing an LCR lab! I taught 2CL remote in F20 and kept the LCR lab as a “lab exam”.
On Winter 09 (Shpyrko) the number of sections per TA was 4 (four).