Q: What is the Pilot course?
A: This Pilot course is an experiment! We have adjusted how long students interact with Teaching Assistants to see if it impacts learning outcomes. It’s tough to try new things when we only run our courses once a year, this Pilot allows us to do a small trial before changing anything at a larger scale in the future.
Q: How will my role at a TA differ from past experiences as a TA for Neuromatch Academy?
A: Your role as a TA will be part-time (3 hours/day) instead of the full 8 hour days of previous years. You will answer questions for your pod and work with the project groups just as you would have in previous years.
Q: How will payment process differ compare to past experiences as a TA for Neuromatch Academy?
A: We will be using a new payment provider that is local to each country to make the payment process easier. They are used to working with local banks and can simplify the financial transfer process. We hope this expedites pay significantly. This means that you will not need to use Bill.com nor send us invoices directly.
Q: Who can apply to be a TA for the pilot course?
A: To apply for the Pilot course, you must have previously been a TA for the Computational Neuroscience course. You should also have general availability in Time Slot 4,
SLOT 4 (daytime in Eastern Americas)
projects are 13:00 (1:00PM) - 16:00 (4:00PM) UTC;
coursework is 17:00 (5:00PM) - 21:30 (9:30PM) UTC;
Q: Is there a required time that TAs are available?
A: TAs are able to create their own schedule based on their availability. TAs are required to be available for 1 hour and 20 minutes between the hours of 13:00 - 16:00 UTC, and for 40 minutes between the hours of 17:00 - 21:30 UTC. You will submit your schedule to the organizers before the course, and this will be shared with the students. You are expected to keep the schedule you provide before the course starts. Any changes will need to be coordinated with Neuromatch staff and communicated to your students.
Q: Why are you only running the pilot in one Time Slot?
A: We wanted to keep this experiment fairly small scale to make sure it is within our current staff capacity. With the smaller size, we also wanted to preserve the experience of the discord community and felt keeping all the participants in one time slot would help with this.
Q: Will students still receive a certificate of completion?
A: Yes, all students who complete the full course will receive a certificate of completion for both the tutorials and projects portion of the course that is available in the Documents section of their portal account after the course is complete. Students are allowed 2 absences and can still qualify for the certificate of completion. During the course, there will be an opportunity for a student who misses more than 2 days to complete an Attendance Waiver and a certificate of completion will be awarded at the discretion of their TA.