Graduate Student Instructor 
(GSI) Remote Teaching Hub

Here you will find best practices for GSIs for remote teaching designed by your peers, guides on how to use bCourses and Zoom tailored to the needs of GSIs, resources for support and consultation, and campus policies. This site will be continually updated throughout the semester.

On the Keep Teaching website (Research, Teaching, and Learning Services), learn about effective strategies, resources, and best practices and keep apprised of campus policies.

Teaching consultants are available this semester via Zoom to assist GSIs with a variety of teaching-related matters from how to teach effectively in a remote environment, how to assess whether what you are doing is helping your students in their learning, to strategizing solutions for problems that may come up in teaching. The Center’s consultations on Teaching and the Academic Job Search provide an opportunity for you to get feedback on statements of teaching philosophy and other teaching-related materials you are preparing to submit. You can schedule an appointment here.

There are many things to think about, find out, plan for, and organize as your teaching semester approaches. The Pre-semester Preparation chapter of the Online Teaching Guide for GSIs provides ways to pull them all together. We also recommend Must-See Policies and Resources for GSIs and Working as a GSI: Continue Reading >>

This checklist, produced and refined for remote instruction by your fellow GSIs, will help you prepare for  your first teaching assignment, work well throughout the semester with faculty and peers, and lay the groundwork for engaging your students and addressing their needs.

Spring 2021 GSI Teaching Conference

(offered via Zoom)

For All First-Time GSIs
Friday, January 15, 2021

10:00am – 3:00pm
(Pacific Time Zone)

Professional Standards and Ethics in Teaching Online Course

First-time GSIs must complete the course before they interact with students (in person or online) in their role as an instructor.
Please see Enrollment Instructions for details.

2021 Spring Workshops on Teaching

Syllabus and Course Design*
Wednesday, March 3, 1:00 – 2:30; via Zoom
Workshop Description

Are you responsible for designing a course and syllabus for this coming fall or next spring? Are you​ ​interested in developing a syllabus for the academic job search? In this workshop, participants will learn ways to turn their syllabus ideas into integrated courses and will work out criteria for selecting course materials, assignments, and methods​ ​of​ ​assessment.

Creating Inclusive Classrooms: Microaggressions and the Learning Environment*
Thursday, March 18, 1:00 – 2:30; via Zoom
Workshop Description

This workshop is designed to help GSIs understand the character and consequences of microaggressions, and to help them begin to develop the tools to address them in their role as instructors. For those who attended any one of the similarly-themed workshops during the Fall or Spring conference for first-time GSIs, this will be an opportunity to revisit some of the topics discussed there, as well as to address any issues that may have emerged in the course of teaching since. For other GSIs, this workshop will provide a basic understanding of microaggressions and an opportunity to reflect on them in the context of their own teaching.

How Students Learn*
Monday, March 29, 10:00 – 11:30; via Zoom
Workshop Description

While graduate students do not need to become experts in how students learn, a basic understanding of the research on learning can enable GSIs to make informed teaching decisions. Drawing on research findings from neuroscience, anthropology, and cognitive and social psychology, this workshop will enable GSIs to consider ways to apply research-based principles to the learning environments they create for their students.