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applying appropriate tools and approaches, including instructional and evaluation technologies

Engaging Students and Making Classrooms Fair and Inclusive: Cross-Disciplinary Tools, Insights, and Strategies to Promote Student Success

Teaching diverse populations of students requires instructors to construct learning environments that are inclusive and equitable. Research in psychology and other disciplines suggests that how students personally experience learning environments strongly influences engagement, motivation, sense of belonging, and conceptual learning. In this interactive workshop, participants will share a common experience as the basis for discussing how students may experience classroom environments differently from one another.

Maximizing Learning by Moving Towards Active Learning in 1-, 5-, or 20-minutes

In this interactive workshop, participants will experience multiple examples of how active learning can work in undergraduate courses, with a particular emphasis on biology and chemistry. Attendees will experience examples of how to integrate active learning in 1-minute, 5-minutes, 10-minutes, and 20-minutes that highlight common teaching strategies. In addition, participants will explore how student work produced during active learning can be systematically analyzed quickly to guide teaching decisions.

Student Metacognition for Graduate Students

College students frequently need to improve at assessing their level of learning and learning at the appropriate level of sophistication. These are metacognitive skills you can promote, resulting in more rewarding learning and teaching. This workshop will highlight research on common metacognitive gaps and equip you with evidence-based strategies for promoting skillful metacognition in your students. Open to all graduate students and lunch is provided.

Facilitated by Nicholas Santascoy, Ph.D. (Academic Coach, Learning Strategy Programs)

Teaching with Technology for Graduate Students

In this Teaching with Technology workshop, we will look at key tools for improving learning, and consider the deep frameworks to help you evaluate whether and when to use technology in education. Emphasis will be on approaches that improve access, equity, and overall engagement for students. Open to all graduate students and lunch is provided.

Facilitated by Kenneth Ligda, Ph.D. (Associate Director, Faculty and Lecturer Programs) and                       

Kenji Ikemoto (Academic Technology Specialist)

CATAPULT: A Workshop for International CAs and TAs

In this interactive workshop and panel presentation, international graduate students and English language learners can learn tips from experienced international student peers and identify resources to support them in their teaching assignment. The CA/TA Program in University Learning and Teaching can CATAPULT graduate students toward effective teaching. Lunch is provided.

Co-sponsored by the English for Foreign Students Program

TA Orientation

Each quarter, we host a TA Orientation to help prepare graduate students to teach at Stanford. This event is highly recommended for all new TAs and is also open to returning TAs, postdocs, and other members of the campus community.

Winter Orientation Schedule 

12:30–1:00 PM: Check-in and Light Refreshments (Outside Oak West)

1:00–2:00 PM: Opening Session (Oak West)

  • Welcome to Teaching at Stanford
  • An Effective First Day: Laying a Foundation for You and Your Students

2:10–3:00 PM: Concurrent Session 1


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