Spring TA Orientation
Each quarter, CTL hosts a TA Orientation (TAO) 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.
While TAO will not be recorded, all registrants will have access to TAO materials (such as slide decks and handouts) after the event through the companion Canvas site, so if you have a scheduling conflict it is still advisable to register.
New! If you missed TAO, TAO Any Time is a self-paced online course introducing you to the fundamentals of effective pedagogy for teaching assistants.
Spring Quarter TA Orientation
Saturday, April 8, 2023 | 12:30 – 4 p.m.
Lathrop Library room 282
Check-in and light refreshments (12:30 – 1 p.m.) Lathrop Library Northeast 2nd Floor Courtyard
Opening Session (1 – 1:50 p.m.) Lathrop 282
- Welcome to Teaching at Stanford: Cassandra Volpe Horii, PhD. Associate Vice Provost for Education and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning
- Mental Health and Well Being in Learning Environments: Colin Campbell, Assistant Director, Well-Being at Stanford
Concurrent Session 1 (2 – 2:50 p.m.) (Choose ONE workshop)
- Creating Inclusive Learning Environments (Lathrop 294)
- Leading Office Hours and Review Sessions (Lathrop 282)
- Leading Discussions in Humanities and Social Sciences (Lathrop 296)
- Leading Discussions in Sciences and Engineering (Lathrop 299)
Concurrent Session 2 (3 – 4 p.m.)
- Major Policies & Practices Every TA Should Know: Presentation and Q&A Session (Lathrop 282)
For questions about TA Orientation or to request an accommodation, please contact Amanda Modell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Stanford Policy Resources
- Guidance for Remote Teaching and Learning from the Bureau of Judicial Affairs
- The Honor Code and Fundamental Standard Video
- Title IX and Sexual Harassment Policy Office Video
- Teaching Students with Disabilities from the Office of Accessible Education
- Office of Accessible Education Video
- "Honor Code and Fundamental Standard"
- Environmental Health and Safety - Emergency Preparedness Program
- Office of Accessible Education (OAE)
- Sexual Harassment 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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