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TEP Student Co-Host Program

TEP Student Co-Host Program

Applications currently closed for Fall 2020.

This is a new and developing program generated out of feedback from the transition to online instruction in Spring 2020 and plans for hybrid teaching this fall. As such, this program will adapt to better serve faculty and student classroom needs as it unfolds. At present, we envision the TEP Student Co-Hosts as a team of trained student workers, paid for by TEP, who will assist faculty with the technical aspects of running a hybrid class. The same Student Co-Host may not necessarily be in your class every time you request a Co-Host. A faculty member may only need a Co-Host once a week if the course only has one Zoom classroom day a week. Or a course with a hybrid lab may need Co-Hosts multiple times a week. The goal is to free faculty to focus on innovative pedagogy for their hybridized courses, and to remove, as much as possible, any technical burdens.

TEP Student Co-Hosts may assist with running Zoom or other online platforms by:

  • Assisting with faculty and student technical glitches

  • Managing a Zoom waiting room

  • Managing recording sessions

  • Uploading recording sessions to a Learning Management System (LMS)

  • Managing and uploading transcripts and closed captioning for recorded sessions

  • Managing break out sessions

  • Helping in the classroom with technical aspects of running a hybrid classroom, such as moving cameras, microphones, speakers, props, etc.

  • Taking attendance

  • Uploading and managing student digital work in an LMS

  • Providing suggestions based on observation about how the student experience may be enhanced via the use of the technology available

  • Other tasks that are not yet clear to us, but that will emerge as courses are redesigned and taught this fall


A TEP Student Co-Host is NOT:

  • A Student who is enrolled in your class

  • A TA or Lab Assistant

  • A Homework grader or other content-based assistant

  • A pedagogical fellow to assist with instruction

  • A peer tutor or peer mentor for the students enrolled in your course


If you are interested in working with a TEP Student Co-Host and/or you have any feedback, please use this online form to help us gauge interest and opportunities. Additionally, if your department already has a similar program, we would gladly like to collaborate.


For questions and feedback, please contact Blair Orfall, TEP Program Coordinator, at