TAing an SCPD Course (FAQ)
From Electrical Engineering TA Handbook
TAing an SCPD Course Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1. What is the Center for Professional Development (SCPD)?
2. Are SCPD courses video recorded?
3. As a TA for an SCPD course how many minutes do I have to facilitate course review, or problem sessions?
4. If SCPD students are enrolled remotely and follow the course online, how do I interact with these students?
5. How is coursework (i.e. homework, course projects) submitted to the Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD)?
6. Are SCPD exams proctored? Who appoints the exam proctors?
7. Who should I contact if I have questions or concerns regarding SCPD students?
What is the Center for Professional Development (SCPD)?
The Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD) connects professionals worldwide to the research and teaching of Stanford University faculty in the School of Engineering and related academic departments. Qualified individuals may study for Master of Science degrees on a part-time basis pursue graduate certificates and professional certificates, take individual graduate courses and professional courses, participate in workshops, and view free online seminars and more. Courses are delivered online, on the Stanford campus, and at the work site. Professionals enrolled in SCPD courses
Are SCPD courses video recorded?
Yes, SCPD courses are video recorded specifically for SCPD remote students and delivered online. As a TA for an SCPD course, the SCPD Office will film you during lectures, problem sessions, or exam review sessions even if there are no students present. It is important to understand that TAing an SCPD course can be a very different experience from TAing a non-SCPD course. Most likely you will be able to see yourself on one or more television screens while you are being filmed. Additionally, you will need to be aware of the volume of your voice and your body motions during the filmed lectors, or sessions.
As a TA for an SCPD course how many minutes do I have to facilitate course review, or problem sessions?
SCPD allocates 60 minutes (maximum) for each recorded review or problem session. Since the allotted meeting time is only one hour, you will need to be conscious of time and manage your session accordingly to ensure that you cover the necessary material in proper depth.
If SCPD students are enrolled remotely and follow the course online, how do I interact with these students?
SCPD students often telephone during office hours to discuss questions they may have on the homework, class projects, exams, or other course materials. As the TA, it is your responsibility to communicate with these students during your office hours via telephone, or email. Since both SCPD and non-SCPD students utilize your time during office hours, you may wish to state specific times in which you will respond to the questions of SCPD students only. Additionally, you may find it helpful to set guidelines for when you will respond to SCPD student emails and communicate these guidelines with students during the first week of the quarter.
How is coursework (i.e. homework, course projects) submitted to the Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD)?
Students submit all homework to the SCPD Office via email or fax. The Distribution Department records the date and time homework is received and delivers it to the appropriate academic department, often the homework is distributed to the administrative contact of the course instructor. Once the homework has been received by the department and graded, it is returned to the SCPD Office who then returns the corrected homework to the student via an email attachment. You will want to discuss this information with both the instructor of the course for which you are TAing and the instructor’s administrative contact prior to the start of the appointment to ensure a smooth grading process. All homework, exams, and course documents are coordinated and distributed by the SCPD Office to SCPD students. Any questions that you may have regarding homework, exam, or document distribution should be directed to Frank Maldonado (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the SCPD Office.
Are SCPD exams proctored? Who appoints the exam proctors?
All students seeking credit for graduate courses are required to have an Exam Monitor for midterm and final exams. Exams are sent to the Exam Monitor who then administers the exam for the student and sends the completed exam to the SCPD distribution group. SCPD students identify Exam Monitors within the first two weeks of classes and communicate this information to the SCPD Office.
Who should I contact if I have questions or concerns regarding SCPD students?
If you have any questions or concerns regarding SCPD students, please use the information specified in the SCPD Contact Information section of this fact sheet to contact the appropriate department. Additionally, please copy the EE Teaching Assistant Specialist on all electronic communication to the SCPD Office.
SCPD Contact Information
email@example.com or 650-725-3016
firstname.lastname@example.org or 650 736-0774
Homework, Exams and Distribution:
email@example.com or 650 725-3015
For NDO questions and inquires please contact:
Arzie Zaldivar (NDO Student Services Coordinator) firstname.lastname@example.org 650-724-5094
For all HCP questions and inquires please contact:
Mary Lopez (HCP Student Services Coordinator) email@example.com 650-725-5806
For all academic program questions and inquires please contact:
Michelle Lucas (Academic Program Manager) firstname.lastname@example.org 650-444-5328
For all homework, exam and document distribution questions and inquires please contact:
Frank Maldonado (Distribution Services Manager) email@example.com 650-724-5108
For all finance questions and inquires please contact:
Emiko Cheek (Finance Services Manager) firstname.lastname@example.org 650-724-6290
For all customer and student service questions and inquires please contact:
Holly Lewin (Student and Client Services Manager) email@example.com 650-725-4694