SES MicroMasters Teaching Assistants

A growing number of SES students are choosing to work with the IDSS online MicroMasters Program in Statistics and Data Science through Teaching Assistantships (TAs). Being a MicroMasters TA is a great opportunity to gain valuable teaching experience. The typical TA job involves answering discussion forum questions on course content from learners around the world, developing course material (e.g., data analysis projects, lecture notes, exercises), and conducting live recitation sessions.

Read below about the various ways SES students are contributing to the success of our worldwide MicroMasters program, as well as providing hands-on support to our educational partners.

Marie-Laure Charpignon

Marie-Laure Charpignon

During the spring and summer of 2020, Marie worked as a TA helping to develop course content for a new elective in Statistics, Computation, and Applications. Her outstanding research skills and experience in data science, along with leadership qualities, helped push the course development in the right direction.

Yan Jin

Yan Jin

During the summer of 2019, Yan was the first SES student to work on content development for the new elective Statistics, Computation and Applications. Her research interests in robust distributed learning, corruption detection on networks, mechanism design, and graph signal processing, as well as her teaching experience, allowed her to make foundational contributions to the early course development.

Dimitris Konomis

Dimitris Konomis

Dimitris first worked on the MicroMasters program by helping as forum moderator in the 6.86x Machine Learning course in the summer of 2019. Currently, Dimitris is conducting live recitations for learners from Uruguay, who are currently enrolled in 6.431x through the IDSS educational partnership with the UTEC Programa en DataScience. His experience as a TA for classes in machine learning, deep learning and probability theory, is proving to be very beneficial to our online learners.

Hanwei Li

Hanwei Li

During the summer of 2020, Hanwei pioneered a second cohort of learners from Peru who were enrolled in the Micromasters through the IDSS educational partnership with Aporta. His extensive knowledge and experience in data analysis projects brought both thought-provoking theoretical exercises and practical hands-on coding sessions to the live weekly recitations that he conducted. A passion for teaching also led him to explore new ways to engage the learners in the digital setting. In addition, he consulted the very first cohort of Aporta students on their NGO data analysis projects.

Max Vilgalys

Max Vilgalys

A new addition to the MicroMasters team, Max is serving as TA for 6.431x Probability—the Science of Uncertainty and Data, and conducting live recitations for a third cohort of Peruvian learners, enrolled in the MM through the IDSS educational partnership with Aporta. He has developed interesting instructional material, exercises, and live polls for these sessions, in collaboration with other recitation instructors. His interest and knowledge in statistics led to high quality content in his teaching.


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