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
Fall Orientation Tentative Schedule:
Opening Session (9–9:50am):
- 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.
Missed the TA Orientation?
- Advice for International TAs handout
- Digital Engagement Tools
- Getting Started with Canvas handout
- Getting Started with Canvas slides
- Getting Started with Canvas: Instructor Resources
- Getting Started with Canvas: Assessing Assignments and Activities
- Grading Problem Sets, Labs, and Exams handout
- Holding Office Hours and Review Sessions in Sciences and Engineering handout
- Holding Office Hours and Review Sessions Case Studies
- Leading Discussions in Humanities and Social Sciences handout
- Leading Discussions in Humanities and Social Sciences sample section syllabus
- Leading Discussions in Humanities and Social Sciences sample lesson plan
- Leading Discussions in Sciences and Engineering handout
- "Major Policies & Practices Every TA Should Know" [20-min video]
- "Honor Code and Fundamental Standard"
- Environmental Health and Safety - Emergency Preparedness Program
- Office of Accessible Education (OAE)
- Sexual Harrassment Policy Office
- University Policy on Recording and Broadcasting Classes[BC1]
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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