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Course Design Institute 2022

The CTL Course Design Institute (CDI) is a multi-day workshop that provides Stanford faculty and lecturers with a collaborative environment in which to design a new course—or modify an existing course—optimized for student inclusion, learning, and engagement.

CDI will run September 7 to September 9, 2022. Due to limited spaces, admission is by application only by 5 p.m. PDT on Monday, August 8, 2022.

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Autumn TA Orientation

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Each quarter, CTL hosts a TA Orientation to prepare graduate students for their teaching responsibilities at Stanford. This event is highly recommended for all TAs. It will provide a foundation in evidence-based teaching practices for new and returning TAs, postdocs, and other members of the campus community. All registrants will have access to TAO materials (such as slide decks and handouts) after the event through the companion Canvas site.

Autumn Quarter TA Orientation

Friday, September 23, 2022 | 8 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. PDT
Hewlett Teaching Center


Opening Session (8 – 9 a.m.)

  • Welcome to Teaching at Stanford: Cassandra Volpe Horii, PhD. Associate Vice Provost for Education and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Supporting Mental Health and Well-being in the Classroom: Colin Campbell, Assistant Director, Well-Being at Stanford

Concurrent Session 1 (9:10 – 10 a.m.) (Choose ONE workshop)

  • Creating Inclusive Learning Environments
  • Leading Discussions in Science and Engineering 
  • Leading Discussions in Social Sciences and Humanities 
  • Leading Office Hours and Review Sessions 

Concurrent Session 2 (10:10 – 11 a.m.) 

  • Grading and Commenting on Papers and Essays
  • Grading Problem Sets, Labs, and Exams
  • Effective Lectures and Presentations

Closing Session (11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.) 

  • Major Policies and Practices Every TA Should Know 

For questions about TA Orientation or to request an accommodation, please contact Amanda Modell at

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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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