Each quarter, CTL hosts a TA Orientation to prepare graduate students for their teaching responsibilities at Stanford. This event is highly recommended for all fall quarter TAs. It will provide a foundation in evidence-based online teaching practices for new and returning TAs, postdocs, and other members of the campus community. Registered participants will have access to recorded sessions after the event.

Registrants will receive an invitation to the TAO Canvas course before TA Orientation.

Fall Quarter TA Orientation

Friday, September 11, 2020 | 9:00am–12:00pm PDT | Online via Zoom

Register for Fall Quarter TA Orientation

Fall Orientation Tentative Schedule:

Opening Session (9–9:50am): 

  • Welcome
  • Who Are Our Students?
  • Promoting Mental Health and Well-Being in the Virtual Classroom

Concurrent Session 1 (10–10:50am):

  • Zoom Fundamentals for TAs
  • Canvas Fundamentals for TAs

Concurrent Session 2 (11–11:50am):

  • Leading Discussions and Office Hours via Zoom in Science and Engineering
  • Leading Discussions and Office Hours via Zoom in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Grading Problem Sets, Labs, and Exams
  • Efficient and Effective Practices for Commenting on Papers and Essays 

Can't decide between sessions? Don't worry. Every session will be recorded and available via the TA Orientation Canvas site for registered participants to review.

Information on "Major Policies and Practices Every TA Should Know" from the Office of Accessible Education, the Title IX Office, the Office of Community Standards, and the Sexual Harassment Policy Office will be online later this summer. 

The following handouts are available for your review. 


Contact Amanda Modell, Associate Director, Graduate Teaching Programs, for more information at any time. Please also contact Amanda if you need a disability-related accommodation or wheelchair access information.

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