GRACE for Teaching Assistants

This page is intended to give an overview of GRACE for the teaching assistants of courses, as well as some answers about how things are typically done. Note that not everything described will be applicable for all courses; GRACE offers a framework of tools and services, but individual instructors will choose which tools to make use of for their specific course.

First off, many (most?) classes do not use GRACE at all. If you are a teaching assistant for a course which does not use GRACE, but you think your students would benefit from what GRACE offers, do NOT try to register the course for GRACE yourself, or request a project space. Such requests will not go through. Instead, talk to your professor and convince him/her to request GRACE space for the course.

WARNING
TAs should NOT attempt to register for GRACE project spaces. We do NOT dispense GRACE Project spaces for classwork; if you feel that your students need GRACE resources for classwork, talk to the professor teaching the course and have him/her request a GRACE Class space for the entire class. If you need GRACE Project space for a project that is not part of standard classwork, have your faculty advisor request a Project SPACE for you. We do NOT dispense GRACE Project spaces directly to students.

Secondly, while GRACE will automatically grant access to students of courses based on enrollment records, teaching assistants are not automatically granted access. Please have the instructor for the course use the web-based management tool to have you added as a TA for the course.

GRACE courses follow a standard directory layout.. Each TA gets a personal workspace, under COURSEROOT/ta/LOGINNAME where LOGINNAME is your campus login name (i.e., the part to the left of the @ in your @umd.edu or @terpconnect.umd.edu email address). This directory is readable by other TAs in the course, but only you can write. If you and other TAs need a shared RW access, you can create other directories on Each student gets a personal workspace, under COURSEROOT/ta.

Students get two directories, a personal workspace under COURSEROOT/student-COURSE-SECTION-NUMBER/LOGINNAME where LOGINNAME is their campus login name, and a place to submit assignments under COURSEROOT/submit-COURSE-SECTION-NUMBER/LOGINNAME. These two directories are also accessible as COURSEROOT/student/LOGINNAME and COURSEROOT/submit/LOGINNAME, respectively. NOTE: both paths refer to the same directory, so, e.g., deleting a file in one place deletes it in both. The two paths allows you the option of seeing the workspace/submit directories of all students in the course in one place, or to only see the ones for students of a specific section. This might be advantageous if there are multiple sections using a shared GRACE space, but you are only the TA for some sections.

You might or might not have read-only access to the personal workspaces of students; that is up to the instructor of the course. Students only have insert access to the submit directories; you have read-write access.