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If you have an upcoming assignment as a teaching assistant at Stanford, TA Orientation Any Time (TAO Any Time) is a self-paced online course introducing you to the fundamentals of effective pedagogy for teaching assistants.

This interactive online course will introduce you to evidence-based frameworks and provide a space for you to apply these frameworks to your own teaching context. 

Enroll in TAO Any Time

Completing TAO Any Time

TAO Any Time is intended to provide a comprehensive introduction and welcome to being a teaching assistant at Stanford. The Center for Teaching and Learning also holds an in-person TA Orientation. This Canvas course is intended to provide an asynchronous option for those who are unable to attend the in-person event.

Some graduate students at Stanford are required to attend TA Orientation by their departments. To replicate the in-person experience, we recommend that you complete at least three modules and score at least an 80% on the final assessment for each one. Each module should take you about 30 minutes to complete. 

You have your choice of which modules to complete in TAO Any Time, including: 

  • Teaching Practices to Foster Inclusion: Classroom Norms
  • Collecting Student Feedback for Inclusion and Equity
  • Facilitating Discussions in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Writing to Engage Students
  • Office Hours and Review Sessions
  • Grading Problem Sets, Labs, and Exams
  • Promoting Mental Health and Well-being in Learning Spaces
  • Facilitating Discussions in Science and Engineering