The GSI Teaching & Resource Center helps graduate students transition to teaching as GSIs at UC Berkeley and offers programs and services to assist graduate students in developing their teaching skills for future academic and nonacademic careers. We also work with faculty and departments to assist them in the mentoring and teaching preparation they offer graduate students.

This is a good time in the semester to review ways you can encourage students to engage actively in their learning. The online Teaching Guide for GSIs offers some excellent strategies to use in a variety of GSI-led settings.

Active Learning Techniques
Group Work
Managing Lab Partners and Groups
Encouraging Participation
Asking Effective Questions
Pre-Lab Assignments
The Pre-Lab Introduction

In addition, many more GSI ideas on implementing participation, discussion, and group work strategies are linked in the Topical Index to Teaching Effectiveness Award Essays.


How are the roles of GSIs and faculty different? Does students’ laptop use in class affect their learning? What are the best conditions for students to learn in GSI-led sections and labs? Silvia Bunge’s talk at the Spring 2015 Teaching Conference for GSIs introduces research on student perceptions of GSIs, Continue Reading >>

Public speaking, conveying complex information to non-experts, managing teams, evaluating the work of junior colleagues — these are among the many skills GSIs develop in their teaching, and these skills are eminently transferable to career settings in higher education, private industry, non-profits, or governmental agencies. The documents linked below can Continue Reading >>

Professional Standards and Ethics in Teaching Online Course

First-time GSIs who have not yet completed the course may still do so to remain eligible for work as a GSI.

Fall Workshops on Teaching

Assessing Teaching and Learning
Tuesday, October 13, 1:30–3:00

Syllabus and Course Design
Monday, October 26, 3:00–4:30

Question, Persuade, and Refer: Suicide Prevention Training
Wednesday, October 28,1:30–3:00

How Students Learn
Thursday, November 12, 3:00–4:30

View complete workshop list and register for a GSI teaching workshop